Type of partnership: Environmental management/conservation focused.
Marine Plan Area: 8. South West Inshore
All AONB estuaries have Estuary Management Plans in place that reflect their individual characteristics, local partnerships and priorities for action. The estuaries have high nature conservation importance: the Yealm Estuary is part of the marine Special Area of Conservation; the Yealm, Erme and Salcombe estuaries are Sites of Special Scientific Interest; and the Salcombe Estuary is designated a marine Local Nature Reserve. The 1083 hectares of inter-tidal estuary habitat are particularly significant. The estuaries have a long maritime history with significant boatbuilding and repair activity on the Dart, Salcombe and Yealm estuaries, though with a recent shift from commercial boats to recreational craft. Locally distinctive classes include the Salcombe Yawl. Estuary management plans and estuary conservation fora have continued to provide a framework for coordination and co-operation between agencies and the wider community. Knowledge and understanding of the estuarine environment have increased through research, surveys, monitoring and awareness campaigns.
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