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Appeal to fund 'marine rangers' who protect Cornwall's seals

Appeal to fund 'marine rangers' who protect Cornwall's seals

Published by Sarah Yeoman at 2:00pm 12th July 2020.

A crowdfunding appeal has been launched to help fund 'marine rangers' who protect seals around the Cornish coast.

The Cornwall Seal Group Research Trust (CSGRT) has been hit hard by the impact of the coronavirus crisis and has suffered a £50,000 shortfall.

The conservation charity works to protect seals and their ocean home around the Duchy and tracks them by each deal's unique fur pattern.

Experts say seals face many challenges, yet we all depend on them to balance our marine ecosystem, and they are a globally rare wildlife tourist attraction, helping diversify coastal economic prosperity.

Now CSGRT is trying to raise £20,000 to fund its marine ranger programme.

The charity says this would give it 12 months to find other support for its photo ID, coastal monitoring, volunteer training, school activities, public events, reports, consultations and policy/planning recommendations.

Cornwall Seal Group Research Trust

"We have got off to a flying start with our patron, Gillian Burke from Springwatch) heading up our Crowdfunding Appeal, but we need to keep up this great momentum. Cornwall’s precious marine environment needs your support now, so we can keep our Marine Rangers after Aug 2020. 

"Please check us out and tell all your friends, as we have some brand new and exclusive rewards for you to enjoy. Thank you!"

Sue Sayer, Founder and Director of CSGRT

Cornwall Seal Group Research Trust

About the Cornwall Seal Group Research Trust:

The charity's aim is to give seals a voice and to protect them and their ocean home. 

It does this by finding out as much as it can about Cornwall's seals and their movements in a non-invasive way through photo identification.

In 20 years, Cornwall Seal Group Research Trust has processed over 1 million photos resulting in 72,000+ IDs. It knows that seals they first met in 2000 are still alive in 2020.

CSGRT shares data on seals, birds, dolphins, microplastics, entanglement and disturbance globally. This informs planning, policy and legislation to protect our oceans.

This year, all the charity's events were cancelled because of Covid-19. Events bring donations and grants to fund the charity's activities and as a result it has suffered a £50,000 shortfall.

Cornwall Seal Group Research Trust

"Thank you to everyone who has already donated. Seals face many threats around our coast including climate change, chemical/pharmaceutical pollution, accidental bycatch, prey redistribution, microplastics, disturbance injuries and entanglement.

"We need your help to keep on telling their stories.

"The more people that help to protect our endangered seals, the more memories seals will continue to create for today’s children, their children and their children’s children."

Emily Pollitt, Marine Ranger

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