The Ocean Conservation Trust was born out of a connection to the Ocean in Plymouth, Britain’s Ocean City – home to our centre of Ocean excellence, the National Marine Aquarium.
Through our Plymouth Sound Initiative – the umbrella for all our local projects to engage the community with the Ocean – our aim is to connect as many people with the Ocean as we can, in a variety of ways that resonate.
National Marine Park
Our centre of Ocean excellence – the National Marine Aquarium – is based on the shores of Plymouth Sound, a beautiful natural harbour and a Marine Protected Area. It has been proposed that the area become a National Marine Park, which would be the first scheme of its kind in the UK and would complement our existing work with community stakeholders.
It is the Ocean Conservation Trust’s aim for the National Marine Aquarium to become the physical and digital gateway for all those who wish to visit or learn about the marine park. Future initiatives include diversifying access to Plymouth Sound for local people and for the millions of annual visitors to Devon, helping to create emotional and physical connections to the Ocean.
Plymouth Plan for Plastics
The Plan for Plastic for the Ocean City of Plymouth will help to reduce single use plastics within the city, ultimately helping to protect our Oceans.
It is of great interest to us as it links so closely to our own strategic initiatives, as well as to other city-wide priorities such as the development of the Plymouth Sound National Marine Park.
The Ocean Conservation Trust is leading the CONNECT principle which will drive forward work to ensure that the residents of Plymouth have the opportunity to explore, experience and enjoy their natural environment, encouraging positive action for the future. It is great to see that so many people are already actively involved in reducing plastic pollution. So far we have completed over 40 beach cleans with the local community and plan to do many more.
Our ‘Sound Fish: Know What You Eat’ guide is a project that aims to connect local people and visitors to Plymouth, UK, with the seafood they eat – and champion the amazing variety of local, sustainable seafood available to us on our doorstep. The guide showcases fifteen species that are rated as sustainable and celebrates Plymouth’s fishing heritage, providing consumers with information on where to buy, what to look for and even recipes to encourage them to move away from the Big 5 – Cod, Tuna, Haddock, Salmon and Prawns.
To find out more about our future plans for the Plymouth Sound Initiative, as well as how you can support it, head to our Support Us page.