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Steven Guilbert and I am the coordinator of the Devon Maritime Forum (DMF).  The DMF is an independent, not-for-profit partnership, based at County Hall in Exeter, which brings together a broad and diverse range of organisations and individuals who have a stake or interest in marine and coastal issues in Devon and the wider South West peninsula.

Over the last few years the Forum have been working with the Marine Management Organisation (MMO), and their Marine Planning team, on the development and implementation of Marine Plans in the region.  Recently we have been tasked with identifying and informing local stakeholders about the continuing development of the South West Marine Plan, the first draft of which is due to go out to public consultation in early 2020.   Although the MMO’s engagement process is well underway, there are still opportunities for stakeholders to learn more, have their say, and help shape the Plan.

As a hugely significant sector in the region, the MMO are particularly keen to still hear from a range of local sea anglers.