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    Quote Originally Posted by Twister_Ken View Post
    Probably more seahorse bollox from SHT.

    http://www.bournemouthecho.co.uk/new...ck/?ref=fbsend
    The 5 comments that follow the article are quite good.

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    One problem faced by 'the common sense camp' like BORG etc is that a lot of people at commercial ports know very well there are Seahorses there, but feel they daren't mention it for fear of serious financial enterprises getting shut down by the career conservationists !

    The Port Of London Authority did very well when an MCZ was proprosed there, with a response on the lines of ' You and whose army? '

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    We watched the Hungry Sailors on ITV yesterday where they were in Poole and the surrounding area. They went to a local specialist brewery in Studland and had 'Seahorse Ale', the owners were also divers.
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    I don't think I'll be drinking Seahorse wee any time soon !

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    If you are talking about a jar of Bankses best you dont know what you have missed. Well worth the walk up the lane from the anchorage.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Robin View Post
    We watched the Hungry Sailors on ITV yesterday where they were in Poole and the surrounding area. They went to a local specialist brewery in Studland and had 'Seahorse Ale', the owners were also divers.
    They also place some of the buoys at Studland to encourage boaters to go to the pub ...

    As per oldharry they produce some nice beers.

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    As I recall, the best thing about the Bankes Arms was the view from the garden giving a view of one's boat, hopefully still at anchor...but that was a while ago.

    Last edited by Seajet; 28-01-12 at 04:05.

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    Hello All,
    Can I just correct the information about the Staff and Owners of the Seahorse Brewery and The Bankes Arms ,
    1.. The Seahorse Brewery is actually called the Isle of Purbeck Brewery and has a Seahorse as its emblem and you'll see this painted on their delivery vans parked in the car park or outside the Pub . They do produce some fine Ales including , Solar Power , Old Harry's Harvest , Fossil Fuel and Studland Bay Wrecked to name a few .
    2... As far as I am aware none of the Staff or owners are Diver's and are quite supportive of BORG, SBPA etc etc.
    3...Captain Alex Gibbons (SBPA) ,who's family has fished the bay for 200 years or more says there are no known native oysters in Studland Bay and he cannot understand why Finding Sanctuary have included Native Oyster's as one of the Features of Conservation .He has given me permission to quote him on this .
    You might wonder why HM Government are delaying the MCZ process while they ask for more proof and scientific data ? It appears in some areas the data collected so far is false or incorrect and they might eventually turn their focus on what the locals have to say for a change ,because they have totally ignored them up to now.

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    Quite right Arco7: The fact the brewery uses the Seahorse as its emblem is seen as evidence that the critturs have been around for a great many years. The landlord, Tim certainly supports the SBPA, attending their meetings, and hosting them at the Bankes (thats how I know they produce a first rate tipple!). He also distributes SBPAs leaflets in the bar - so yes he is is definitely 'on side' with the local residents.

    The question of the Oysters was raised at a recent meeting with Natural England. The Dorset local Work group of Finding Sanctuary, of which I was a member, was told there was a bed of them on the south side of the Bay. Capt. Alex, and other fishermen have now told NE this is not so. I am not sure where the original information came from, but it was not questioned when DLWG was examining Studland a year ago. But that information was not accessible to the Public at the time.

    As far as the delays are concerned, as Arco7 says, there has been a lot of questioning of the data that was produced to back the MCZ recommendations - not least our own questions about the validity of the data concerning anchoring in eelgrass, both here and elsewhere. DEFRA is clearly not prepared to base legally binding conservation recommendations on questionable data, and will not put any area forward unless it is satisfied that there is an adequate factual basis for doing so. Already there is clear talk around Studland of further work and surveys needing to be done. There is an overall deadline of 2015.

    Many conservation organisations - Wild Life Trusts, Marine Conservation Society and suchlike are trying to bulldoze recommendations through regardless on the pretext that another year will make a difference. In practice I think they want to see things in place before the government pulls the plug on the whole thing in yet another round of cutbacks. The writing has been on on the wall in the House since last November when the Chancellor commented on the high cost of conservation.
    Last edited by oldharry; 07-02-12 at 20:24.
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    Same subject, but elsewhere: I see that a group of Barra fishermen are visiting the Scottish Parliament today to protest about a proposed MCZ (or equivalent).

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