The Liverpool Bay Marine Life Trust was set up by Mathew Clough.
Mathew studied marine biology at Bangor University (after missing a year after being diagnosed with non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma) and then studied animal behaviour at Queens University of Belfast. With these qualifications, he hoped to make a difference to the marine life throughout the Liverpool Bay area – from the Wirral to Morecambe Bay.
Finding paid employment in this field, however, proved extremely difficult, so in 2012 Mathew started conducting independent land and boat-based research. His research on behalf of the Sea Watch Foundation found that, over the six years to 2012, 47 per cent of bottlenose dolphin sightings in the North West region were off Liverpool. ‘These animals are not resident in the bay, so are they just coming in and out for food? Do they stay in the Irish Sea or go further?’
He also linked up with the Sea Watch foundation, to help on their photo ID survey to see if Liverpool Bay dolphins go to Wales, and vice versa. Then, in January this year, with the help of family and friends, he set up the Liverpool Bay Marine Life Trust, to further understanding of the ecology of the region and to educate the public about what species are found here. As he said: ‘Liverpool Bay has a long and well-documented maritime history but its marine life is less well known.’