Torbay Marine Code of Conduct

Torbay Coastal Zone Management Plan

In 2013 SeaTorbay launched Tor Bay's first Coastal Zone Management Plan and from this marine stakeholders identified the need for a voluntary Marine Code in the Bay to help manage pressures on sensitive marine habitats and help reduce conflict between maritime users. The timing of the development of the Marine Code also coincided with the designation of an area of Tor Bay as a Marine Conservation Zone.

Marine Conservation Zone (MCZ)

In November 2013 an area of Tor Bay was designated a Marine Conservation Zone. This protects certain threatened marine habitats and species from damaging human activities such as seagrass habitats and seahorses. Whilst activities within the MCZ can be controlled by byelaws, if required, a voluntary code of conduct would be preferable at the first instance, if one has not been in place before. The marine codes below have been developed in consultation with a wide range of stakeholders and a conference was held in March 2014 to enable stakeholders to actively input into the content of the codes. A copy of the conference report can be viewed below.

SeaTorbay has produced a series of Code of Conduct leaflets that are now available to download. Please click on the appropriate link below to view these leaflets. If you have any comments on either the leaflets or the map please email infoatseatorbay [dot] org [dot] uk:

Angling Code of Conduct

Climbing, Coasteering and Wild Swimming Code of Conduct

Paddlesport Code of Conduct

Power Craft Code of Conduct

Sail Sport Code of Conduct

Diving Code of Conduct