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Seas For Life
7:05am 13th December 2014
New information points are going up at Cornish harbours to get more people to protect our coastline.
The Seas for Life boards show the importance of tackling things like marine litter and supporting local businesses.
St Agnes based Surfers Against Sewage have linked up with the fishing industry to put them up from Saltash to Bude.
Campaigns and Education manager Dom Ferris said: "We're all part of the marine eco-system down here. We're all part of a healthy sustainable coastal community. So, the more work we can do together the more awareness we can raise together, the better.
"Have a look at the beach, see how beautiful it is and then start to see some of the marine litter that's there. Pick it up, let people see you pick it up. Think before you flush and speak with people about what you see, speak with people about how beautiful it is and how important it is that it's protected."
Over the last two years SAS has worked with the Cornish Fish Producers Organisation (CFPO) and the Fisheries Local Action Group (FLAG) to promote sustainable coastal communities. After a successful pilot project in 2013, SAS has now installed these striking and inspirational information boards in 35 harbours, coves and river slipways along the entire Cornish coastline from Bude to Saltash.
Part of SAS's Seas For Life education programme, these information boards highlight the importance of caring for the marine environment, protecting wildlife and supporting communities and industries that depend on a healthy sea. SAS also hopes that the Seas for Life boards will become focal points for community coastal protection activities such as beach cleans and school projects.
Surfers Against Sewage will be delivering school talks and mini community beach clean launch events at each of the 25 new 'Seas For Life Communities' and are encouraging local schools, community groups and beach lovers to get in touch with the SAS education team if they'd like to organise your own Seas For Life community event. Look out for your nearest Seas For Life board this Christmas and learn how you can help your coastal community and protect our Seas For Life!
Paul Trebilcock, Chief Executive of the Cornish Fish Producers Organisation (CFPO) says: "The Cornish fishing fleet have been and continue to be at the forefront of sustainable fishing in Europe. Partnerships with scientists, use of selective gears and the very mixed nature of the fisheries around the Cornish coast have all contributed to this over the past few decades. It is widely acknowledged throughout the fishing industry that a healthy and diverse marine environment is closely related to a healthy and diverse fishing industry."
You can find the boards at Bude, Mevagissey, Padstow, Gorran Haven, Portreath, Pentewan, Perranporth, Downderry, St Agnes, Portwrinkle, Hayle, Saltash, Penzance, Tresco (IoS), Newlyn, Portreath, Sennen Prom, Newquay, Helford Passage, St Ives, Cadgwith, St Anthony, Mousehole, Penryn Quay, Coverack, Mylor Yacht Harbour, Porthleven, Falmouth Prince of Wales Pier, St Mawes, Falmouth Custom House Quay, Looe, King Harry Ferry, St Mary's (IoS) & Portscatho
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