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St Helena : St Helena MARINE AWARENESS 2013
Submitted by Saint Helena Herald (Public Relations Information Office) 09.03.2013 (Article Archived on 06.04.2013)

Marine Awareness week 2013 ran from 23 February to 1 March. Activities included an Underwater Clean - up & Marine Life Tour, Beach Clean - up and presentations held in the Consulate Ballroom.

St Helena MARINE AWARENESS 2013


 


Marine Awareness week 2013 ran from 23 February to 1 March. Activities included an Underwater Clean - up & Marine Life Tour, Beach Clean - up and presentations held in the Consulate Ballroom.


 


Elizabeth Clingham (Marine Conservation Officer) who arranges the awareness week every year reported that the event exceeded her expectations.


 


Judith Brown (the Darwin Marine Project Manager) said: “We had a wide age range of people who got involved in the litter clears and boating activities (organised by Enterprise St Helena).” Judith added that the most successful events were those held at the Consulate. The Environmental Management team were able to engage and impart knowledge, to the schoolchildren and adults, and the craft areas were able to connect with pupils in different ways.


 


On Sunday 24 February, many gathered for a litter clear up at Sandy Bay. Elizabeth highlighted the importance of removing litter from this precious environment, as rubbish is harmful to marine life. Through presentations, Elizabeth gave examples specifically related to St Helena, like the discarding of car batteries and the contamination they pose to marine species and the environment as a whole.


 


The Darwin Marine biodiversity & mapping project showcased at the event also helps in the protection of marine species. Judith explained that by identifying vulnerable marine species of the Island, management plans can be produced to protect them.


 


Elizabeth commented: “St Helena is one of the oldest islands and the life that we have here has taken millions of years to evolve to this stage. We have a unique marine environment. We are surrounded by sea and it is our largest resource. If we can instil in people that message for the long term it will be beneficial for years to come.”


 


SHG


8 March 2013

 

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