Jersey Marine Park

On February 13, 2022, in The Environment, by Lyndon-Farnham

Jersey has an extraordinary marine estate. The northwest coast has the greatest diversity of seaweed in the British Isles. On the southwest, some of the richest and most diverse clam beds in Northern Europe can be found and the rocky intertidal and outlying shallow reefs offer habitats found nowhere else in the region. 

However, much of Jersey’s waters remain unprotected, with only six percent currently protected and the associated impact on marine life unknown. BLUE has been supporting research alongside partners on-island and UK academic institutions to assess the benefits of Jersey’s existing protected areas.  We are using the evidence from these studies to build an evidence base for a well-managed Marine Protected Area in the form of a Marine Park, closed to bottom-towed fishing gear, to cover over 30 per cent of Jersey’s territorial waters. 

To ensure fishing communities can continue to operate, thrive and co-exist alongside marine conservation, BLUE is applying its model of fishery co-management developed in Lyme Bay. This model proves that by using low-impact methods, fishermen’s livelihoods can improve while marine biodiversity thrives. In Jersey, we are supporting research with fishermen to inform local fisheries management plans through the completion of studies (such as potting studies, the methods of which were developed in Lyme Bay) to determine the next steps in safeguarding the future of these commercially important species.  Such work looks to empower local fishermen to lead the management of their fisheries in line with conservation goals. 

BLUE’s project in Jersey hopes to prove that marine protection will support both the recovery of marine life and the local fishing community. Jersey’s extensive seagrass beds, kelp forests and maerl beds all play a role in absorbing blue carbon and their protection could help Jersey meet its net zero carbon goals in-line with it’s carbon neutral strategy. 

BLUE have commissioned an independent survey to gauge public support for the protection of Jersey’s waters. 

To complete the short poll please follow this link: Jersey Survey

Source: Blue Marine Foundation – Jersey Project

 

2 Responses to Jersey Marine Park

  1. Lyndon-Farnham says:

    Mark, thanks for your comment, completely agree – any new model needs to ensure the correct level of benefits to support the livelihoods of local fishers.

  2. Mark says:

    Terrible survey, very limited questions that don’t show the full picture of how Islanders may view the marine parks. Are you applying the Lyme bay model or going much further than that? This proposal will effect the livelihoods of local fisherman, you need to start with regulating the larger French boats that are causing damage, instead you seem to be restricting local smaller boat fisherman further who are already struggling to make a living. Not to mention adding in restrictions to local pleasure anglers by creating no take zones and stopping catch and release fishing. Angling is one of Jersey’s biggest participated past times with around 5,000 fishers. It would be akin to closing Le Moye course! Catch and release angling should continue in all areas. If you are comparing to Lyme bay then please allow the fisherman the same benefits Lyme bay has!! It is not a no take zone by any means let’s be clear.

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