A PLAN to help preserve small scale coastal fishing in Lulworth has been approved.

The Dorset and East Devon Fisheries Local Action Group (FLAG) will be building some fisherman's huts to help ensure small scale fishing at the beauty spot can continue.

The two shelters will be built at Lulworth Cove and help keep the fisher’s gear secure and remove the potential health and safety risk.

A brand new electric winch will also be installed to make hauling up safer and easier for the fishermen.

Joe Miller, a Lulworth fisherman, said: “The new huts will tidy up the area and make it safer during the summer months and keep our fishing gear secure.”

He added: “The new winch will make hauling out much easier and the project will move the facilities at the Cove into the 21st century.”

The FLAG launched in March 2017 and aims to support the fisheries, aquaculture and related sectors in communities along the coast from Swanage to Beer.

It is made up of local industry and community representatives who vote on how the funding is allocated.

They are also seeking a wide range of applicants throughout the seafood industry from fisherman to restaurants, charities and community groups.

Projects can relate directly to fishing or the seafood industry, fisheries management or the marine environment. Applications are particularly invited for projects that benefit the fishing and coastal communities, boost locally caught seafood or increase aquaculture activity in Dorset and East Devon.

Contact them at dorseteastdevonflag@dorsetcc.gov.uk or visit dorsetcoast.com/projects/FLAG or call 01305 224833.