About SeaTorbay


A sustainable marine environment and economy for Tor Bay.

In order to deliver the vision we will:

  • Inform, educate and advise on coastal issues
  • Improve communication with and involvement of local people.
  • Help to reconcile conflicts
  • Provide advice based on the knowledge of a wide range of coastal stakeholders.
  • Provide a focal point for coordinating action
  • Enable more informed decision-making
  • Support marine based industries and tourism
  • Work with the English Riviera Geopark Organisation to promote cooperation and integration.
  • Help improve the marine environment
  • Provide a voice for Tor Bay on local, regional and national marine and coastal issues.

Structure and Membership

Membership of the Forum is open to organisations and individuals that support the vision of Sea Torbay.

SeaTorbay Officers

SeaTorbay has four officer roles, which are Chairperson, Deputy Chairperson and Coordinator/Secretary. These posts are elected at the SeaTorbay Annual General Meetings.

Currently the following people are in the officer posts:

  • Chair: Clare Rugg
  • Deputy Chairperson: Rick Parker
  • Coordinator/Secretary: Heather Carstens

SeaTorbay Steering Group

The Steering Group meets up quarterly and the current membership is as follows:

  • Chair
  • Torbay Council
  • Harbour Authority
  • Natural England
  • Marine Management Organisation
  • Devon & Severn Inshore Fisheries and Conservation Authority
  • English Riviera Tourism Company
  • Environment Agency
  • Devon Maritime Forum
  • 2 x reps from Fishing working group
  • 2 x reps from Leisure and Tourism working group
  • 2 x reps from Conservation working group
  • 2 x reps from Community Engagement and Education working group

SeaTorbay Working Groups

The SeaTorbay Working Groups are open to anyone with an interest or knowledge in coastal and maritime matters. They bring together groups of people in specific subject areas, to discuss matters of detail and action related to that working group.

There are currently four working groups that follow this structure:

  • Fishing
  • Leisure and Tourism
  • Conservation
  • Community Engagement and Education

If you would like to be involved in any of the working groups then please contact us on infoatseatorbay [dot] org [dot] uk (subject: Contact%20message%20via%20SeaTorbay%20website) .