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MNR Advisory Committee

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The Nature Conservancy Council (predecessor to the Countryside Council for Wales and to NRW) submission to the Secretary of State for designation of the Skomer MNR included a commitment to establish an Advisory Committee to provide advice to NCC, and in turn CCW, on managing the MNR to meet its conservation and scientific aims.  

The acquired experience and wisdom of the former Skomer Voluntary Marine Reserve Management Committee was not lost and its members were invited to form the core of the MNR Advisory Committee.  The membership was increased to include more sectoral interests and, particularly, scientific expertise.

The Advisory Committee provided valuable support and advice to CCW and has continued to do so for NRW since re-designation as an MCZ.  

The Committee, which normally meets annually, was initially chaired by CCW, but Dr Robin Crump was appointed Chairman on his retirement from the Field Studies Council in 2002. Meetings are attended by the Skomer MCZ team, who also support and service the Committee, and other NRW marine and local staff.   NRW’s senior managers are also invited.  The Committee very much welcomed the attendance of CCW management representatives as it provided members with opportunities to ensure their advice was being heard at the highest levels and would no doubt also welcome engagement with appropriate NRW managers.

Advisory Committee minutes are available here.

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Skomer MNR Advisory Committee members

Independent chairman

Dr Robin Crump

Robin Crump has been chairman of the Advisory Committee since his retirement as Director of the Orielton Field Centre in 2002.  He was chair of the Research and Education sub-commitee from 1991 and, prior to the designation of the MNR, was the Scientific Secretary of the Skomer Voluntary Marine Reserve Management Committee from 1976.

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Statutory & local authorities & agencies

Crown Estate

Environment Agency Wales

Maritime & Coastguard Agency

Marloes & St Brides Community Council

Pembrokeshire Coast National Park Authority

Pembrokeshire County Council

Welsh Assembly Government (observer)

Conservation organisations

National Trust

Marine Conservation Society

WWF Cymru

Wildlife Trust South & West Wales

Research & education organisations

Bangor University School of Ocean Sciences

Cardiff University Department of Maritime Studies & International Transport

Field Studies Council Dale Fort Field Centre

Field Studies Council Orielton Field Centre

Pembrokeshire College

Swansea University Department of Biological Sciences

Sectoral interests

British Sub-aqua Club

Dale Sailing Company

National Federation of Fishermen’s Organisations

Old Mill Diving Services

Royal Yachting Association

Welsh Association of Sub-aqua Clubs

Welsh Canoeists

Fishing Communities of South & West Wales Ltd

Welsh Federation of Sea Anglers

Welsh Yachting Association

West Wales Divers

Voluntary bodies / partnerships

RNLI

Pembrokeshire Coastal Forum / Pembrokeshire Marine Code

Independent

B Bullimore, former Skomer MNR Officer

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