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Get involved in Northern Devon's Marine Pioneer project

Water Sports

Are you a super surfer, kayaking king or prefer to stand-up paddle, dive, sail or swim in the sea? Maybe you want to have a go at these sports but something puts you off? 

We want to hear from local people in North Devon and Torridge about how they do (or don't) use the sea to exercise, in order to better understand the value, issues and benefits of using our marine environment. Anyone with an interest in outdoor watersports is being encouraged to take part in a short survey being hosted online by North Devon Council at www.northdevon.gov.uk/consultations , before 19 June.

Northern Devon has been selected to be part of a study which explores how we can best manage our marine assets (geology, soil, air, water and living things) for the benefit of the environment, economy and people. The council wants to capture all the useful knowledge that local people have about how the marine environment is used and appreciated by the people who live all across the coast.

The Marine Pioneer project is being led by the North Devon Biosphere and as part of the project, with Council's working in partnership with Plymouth University's Marine Institute.

The North Devon Marine Pioneer project is led by the Marine Management Organisation (MMO) and is one of four pioneers that will be used to test innovative ideas for management of our environment and will be used by the government when producing a 25 Year Environment Plan.

Chris Fuller - Economic Development Officer at Torridge said:

"Our coastal spaces are a crucial part of who we are as a district. They have a huge impact on the way of life for many of our residents and are also such a key attraction for the tourists who love spending time in Northern Devon. This study will help us to explore how we can support watersports groups more, both to maximise their enjoyment and the opportunities available whilst also protecting the spaces and considering our environmental impact."

The consultation stretches to outdoor watersports clubs and a separate survey has been sent to each club in the area. If you have not received this survey, get in touch with the council's Economic Development team on 01237 428880.

More information about the Marine Pioneer Project is available at www.northdevonbiosphere.org.uk/marinepioneer .

01 June 2018