MCS at Plymouth Marine City Festival: 8-16th September
MCS will be making a splash in Plymouth over the next week and it would be great to see you there! First of all, there'll be an MCS stand on Commercial Wharf over the next two weekends >> Festival details. The inaugural Plymouth Seafood Festival will take place over the second weekend, 15-16th September, as part of overall festival.
It will be manned by our Sea Champion Co-ordinator, Patrick Joel, along with local Sea Champion volunteers. They'll be running educational activities in the form of a 'Litter-pick-panic!' (right) - a chance for the whole family to find out about the types, quantity and origin of beach litter through a challenge to clear our paddling pool 'beach' in a less than a minute. Children can also get involved in the 'Paint a Fish' campaign where they can do their bit towards the protection of fish stocks through a simple fish painting activity. The fish will be uploaded to a website to build a 'virtual fish stock' that will call on EU leaders to protect fish stocks and end overfishing. We hope to see you there!
Oceans of Potential Conference: 11th September
Then, on Tuesday 11th our Fisheries Officer, Sam Stone will be presenting at the 'Oceans Of Potential Conference' >> Conference details. He's taking part in a public high level panel debate on 'Sustainable Fisheries in a Changing World', together with writer Charles Clover, Monty Halls (right) and other fishing industry and political figures. This session runs from 5:30 until 7pm and tickets can be booked by following the link above - NB tickets have to be booked for the entire conference event.
Monty Halls at the National Marine Aquarium: 15th Sept
And, on Saturday 15th, our long-time supporter and friend Monty Halls (right) will be back giving a 'Blue Lecture' at the National Marine Aquarium. Monty is a writer, explorer, television presenter, and he spent much of last summer with fishermen and fishing boats learning the trade as a "Fisherman's Apprentice" (a series broadcast on BBC TV) >>Details.
Beachwatch Big Weekend: 14-17th September
Finally... This year's Beachwatch Big Weekend is nearly here, when volunteers will be taking to the beaches all around the UK coast between 14 -17th September. Armed with gloves and litter pickers, they will clean up and record the rubbish they find. Then, MCS will use this data to help shape our campaigns and put pressure on Governments to reduce marine debris. We're urging people like you to sign up and help us make this the biggest and best year for Beachwatch in the UK. Whatever the weather the day is inspiring and fun and sees a mix of all ages helping to improve their local marine environment.
Click here to get involved in Beachwatch Big Weekend 2012 or give us a call on 01989 566017.