Surfers Against Sewage install harbourside info boards to help promote care for the marine environment (From Falmouth Packet)
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Surfers Against Sewage install harbourside info boards to help promote care for the marine environment
6:00am Thursday 12th December 2013 in News
This Christmas Surfers Against Sewage (SAS) have announced the installation of ten community information boards at some of the most beautiful and iconic harbours in Cornwall and the Isles of Scilly.
Surfers Against Sewage have worked with the Cornish Fish Producers Organisation (CFPO) and the Fisheries Local Action Group (F.L.A.G) with the clear goal of promoting sustainable coastal communities.
As part of SAS’s Seas For Life education programme, these information boards highlight the importance of caring for the marine environment and its vital links to economic activity in Cornwall and the Isles of Scilly, providing a connection between the public and fishermen.
SAS unveiled the first Seas For Life information board at Newlyn Harbour on Friday, December 6, and were joined by Newlyn Harbour Master Rob Parsons, FLAG Animateur Chris Ranford, Andy Wheeler of the CFPO, local fishermen and, most importantly, pupils from Newlyn Primary School who also took part in SAS’s interactive Seas For Life education session.
SAS also installed the Seas For Life information boards at Newquay, Portreath, St Ives, Newlyn, Mousehole, Porthleven, Coverack, St Mawes, Looe and St Mary's (IoS) harbours.
SAS would like to thank the Harbour Masters and communities for embracing the Seas For Life message.
SAS Education Officer Dom Ferris, said: “We are inexorably linked to our marine eco-systems, these interpretation boards will both enhance and support the sense of sustainable stewardship that already exists in the fishing & coastal communities of Cornwall and the Isles of Scilly for many years, protecting our Seas For Life”
Paul Trebilcock, Chief Executive of the Cornish Fish Producers Organisation (CFPO) said: “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.”
FLAG Animateur Chris Ranford said: "Supporting SAS in creating these information panels with FLAG funds is great way to educate the public on what local species we have in our waters and also the environmental issues that surround them."