As part of its 50th Anniversary celebrations in 2008, the Port of Milford Haven developed a new 5 year partnership with the Torch Theatre through sponsorship of its new studio theatre. The Port continues to work closely with the Torch Theatre.
Pembrokeshire Fish Week is a celebration of the county's magnificent seafood, coastline and waterways. The festival attracts approximately 11,500 visitors to the opening day, held on Milford Docks. Visitors can watch fish and shellfish cookery, filleting demonstrations and go to various produce and craft stalls. Free children's activities are provided, such as craft workshops, pavement painting and a magician.
The Port of Milford Haven supports the annual event with sponsorship and assistance with safe operation during the opening day.
The Pembroke Dock Sunderland Trust was hosted by the Port in its infancy. The Trust's initial aim - the recovery of the world's only surviving Mark I Sunderland Flying Boat from the seabed off Pembroke Dock remains a cornerstone of its work and many parts of this wartime survivor have already been recovered and displayed. Sunderland T9044 has become the catalyst for wider heritage initiatives centred on Pembroke Dock's remarkable military heritage. The Port continues to support the Sunderland Trust to help it become sustainable.
The Port of Milford Haven is host to a European Interreg IV project called Rising Tide. The project has three main themes: the regeneration of coastal communities through support for events that celebrate our maritime identity, support for maritime heritage organisations in Wales and Ireland, and training focused on marine sector skills for people not in education, employment for training. The project covers six counties on the West coast of Wales and East Coast of Ireland.
We have a long standing relationship with the Milford Haven branch of the Maritime Volunteer Service who continue to provide their invaluable services free of charge at many water based events and activities throughout the year. In return we support them with funding for berthing of their vessels, fuel and rental of secure storage for equipment.
The Waterfront Gallery provides an excellent venue for many local artists to display their work and attracts about 10,000 visitors each year. The gallery has had a presence on Milford Docks for many years - it is housed in the Old Sail Loft building and is a registered charity. We are providing subsidised accommodation on a sliding scale over the next few years to help the Gallery become sustainable in the longer term.
In recognition of the importance of the following initiatives, we are pleased to be able to contribute to their sustainability by providing office accommodation for their staff.
Pembrokeshire Coastal Forum was established in 2000 and brings together a variety of stakeholders from the public, private and voluntary sectors. It is an independent voluntary body that encourages greater integration of all interests on the Pembrokeshire coast, ranging from fishing and shipping through to energy and tourism. We have been a member of the Coastal Forum since its inception.
Pembrokeshire Marine Code aims to raise awareness of the importance of sustainable management of the coastline of Pembrokeshire.
The Pembrokeshire Outdoor Charter Group is a collection of outdoor activity businesses, environmental education centres, conservation groups and organisations. The group is working to ensure that adventure activities such as coasteering, kayaking and cliff climbing, do not impact on the environments and wildlife of Pembrokeshire
The Pembrokeshire Marine Special Area of Conservation is the third largest marine SAC in the UK, covering an area of 138,069 ha. The site extends from near Abereiddy in north Pembrokeshire all the way round to Manorbier in South Pembrokeshire and includes the coast of the islands of Ramsey, Skomer, Grassholm, Skokholm, the Bishops and Clerks, and The Smalls (21 miles offshore). It also encompasses almost the entire Milford Haven Waterway.
The Darwin Centre for Biology and Medicine is involved in a marine biology research programme. Their current research focuses on characterising the bioluminescence in the marine hydroid, Obelia geniculata. This species is found around the Pembrokeshire coast.