Devon Dolphins campaign

Devon dolphins campaign

White beaked dolphin - John Carnell

Protecting Lyme Bay for dolphins, whales and seabirds

We're calling on the government to create a protected area in the south west of Lyme Bay. This area is home to white-beaked dolphins, but these dolphins have no legal protection against damaging human activities here.

White-beaked dolphin

White-beaked dolphin. Photo, Caroline Weir

Marine Conservation Zones

After years of campaigning, fifty Marine Conservation Zones have now been designated to help our marine environment recover from decades of decline.

But there are many places and species that still need protection. Large marine animals, such as whales, dolphins and basking sharks are also at risk from damaging activities.

Although these species range across large areas, evidence from overseas shows that Marine Protected Areas - in places where animals gather to feed, breed and raise their young - can help to protect those at risk.

An area in the south-west of Lyme Bay is vital for a population of white-beaked dolphins that spend much of their lives here, foraging for food and nursing their young. 

This area is also important for bottlenose dolphins, minke whale, basking shark and thousands of seabirds. (See the map below for the location of this area - map created from data supplied by Marine Life)

Creation of a new Marine Conservation Zone here would protect marine animals against damaging human activities.

Devon Dolphins proposed MCZ map

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