A group dedicated to making the seas and beaches pristine is celebrating Christmas by making their presence felt at some of the Westcountry’s most beautiful locations.
Surfers Against Sewage (SAS) is to install 10 innovative and engaging community information boards at some of the most beautiful and iconic harbours in the region.
Dom Ferris, the charity’s education officer, said it was hoped the boards would be extremely useful.
“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 and coastal communities of Cornwall and the Isles of Scilly for many years, protecting our Seas For Life,” he said.
SAS has been working with the Cornish Fish Producers Organisation (CFPO) and the Fisheries Local Action Group (FLAG) with the goal of promoting sustainable coastal communities.
As part of SAS’s Seas For Life education programme, the information boards highlight the importance of caring for the marine environment and its vital links to economic activity in the area, providing a connection between the public and fishermen.
The first Seas For Life information board has already been unveiled at Newlyn Harbour.
The event was witnessed by Newlyn Harbourmaster Rob Parsons, FLAG worker Chris Ranford, Andy Wheeler of the CFPO, local fishermen and pupils from Newlyn Primary School who also took part in SAS’s interactive Seas For Life education session.
Paul Trebilcock, chief executive of the CFPO, said the board made a welcome addition to the harbour scene.
“The Cornish fishing fleet have been and continue to be at the forefront of sustainable fishing in Europe,” he said.
“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.”
Mr Ranford, from FLAG, said he backed the SAS initiative.
“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.”
SAS has also installed the Seas For Life information boards at Newquay, Portreath, St Ives, Newlyn, Mousehole, Porthleven, Coverack, St Mawes, Looe and St Mary's on the Scilly Isles.