The UK SEAS project is funded through a partnership between WWF and Sky Ocean Rescue. Sky Ocean Rescue aims to shine a spotlight on the issues affecting ocean health, find innovative solutions to the problem of ocean plastics, and inspire people to make small everyday changes that collectively make a huge difference.
We will work in partnership with statutory agencies, UK governments, research bodies, universities, businesses and residents.
Our Marine Pioneer Partners:
Natural England is the government’s adviser for the natural environment in England, helping to protect England’s nature and landscapes for people to enjoy and for the services they provide. Natural England is leading the Landscape Pioneer also based in North Devon and within the North Devon Biosphere Reserve.
North Devon UNESCO Biosphere Reserve
From the highlands of Dartmoor and Exmoor, down the river valleys to the sea and beyond Lundy, North Devon Biosphere is one of 669 Reserves in 120 countries designated by UNESCO's Man and the Biosphere Programme and was the first of 6 to be designated in the UK. The designation secures a better future by linking people and nature today.
From the strategic planning to the small community action, the North Devon Biosphere partnership works to maintain our world class environment and the high quality of life we get from it.
SWEEP (The South West Partnership for Environmental and Economic Prosperity) is a initiative delivering economic and community benefits to the South West, whilst also protecting and enhancing the area's natural resources.
A collaboration of three research institutions - Plymouth University, Plymouth Marine Laboratory, and led by the University of Exeter, SWEEP is funded by Natural Environment Research Council. It brings academic experts, businesses and policy makers together to solve some of the challenges involved in managing, utilising and improving the natural environment.
Devon and Severn IFCA
Devon and Severn IFCA (Inshore Fisheries and Conservation Authority)’s vision is to lead, champion and manage a sustainable marine environment and inshore fisheries, by successfully securing the right balance between social, environmental and economic benefits to ensure healthy seas, sustainable fisheries and a viable industry.
The Devon and Severn IFCA manages the exploitation of sea fisheries resources in its district and seeks to ensure that the conservation objectives of any Marine Conservation Areas in the district are furthered.
Blue Marine Foundation
Blue Marine Foundation (BLUE) is working to solve the crisis in the oceans through the creation of marine reserves and delivering practical examples of sustainable fishing.
BLUE will help deliver a more sustainable and economically viable fishery using its Lyme Bay Fisheries & Conservation Reserve model to support North Devon’s small-scale inshore fleet and enhance protection of the marine environment.
MMO (Marine Management Organisation) licenses, regulates and plans marine activities in the seas around England, so that they’re carried out in a sustainable way. The MMO is an executive non-departmental public body, sponsored by the Department for Environment, Food & Rural Affairs.
Our Partners in the Outer Hebrides:
Scottish Natural Heritage
Scottish Natural Heritage is the lead public body responsible for advising Scottish Ministers on all matters relating to the natural heritage. Our role is to protect and promote Scotland’s natural heritage, help people to enjoy nature responsibly and promote the sustainable use of Scotland’s natural heritage.
Marine Scotland is a Directorate of the Scottish Government and is responsible for the integrated management of Scotland's seas. Marine Scotland's purpose is to manage Scotland's seas for prosperity and environmental sustainability, working closely with our key delivery partners and others.
Comhairle Nan Eilean Siar (Western Isles Council)
Comhairle nan Eilean Siar (CnES) is the local government authority for the Outer Hebrides, providing a wide range of public services.