This February 24th will see us launch our North Devon ‘Seas For Life’ education programme at the iconic Landmark Theatre in Ilfracombe. Seas For Life is a series of innovative and interactive sessions covering a cross-section of marine pollution issues, associated wildlife & habitat impacts and offering coastal communities, schools and individuals sustainable, achievable solutions through positive citizenship and community activities. Our fantastic schools day will be attended by almost 150 students from local schools, including Ilfracombe Junior School, Ilfracombe Academy and Petroc College.
The Seas For Life launch will also include an inspirational talk and food tasting from the Campervan Cook Martin Dorey. Martin is a writer, surfer and TV presenter who has made it his life’s work to live near the sea and cares deeply about keeping our beaches and oceans as clean. He incorporates ‘green’ messages in all his work and champions fresh, local and sustainable produce.
The launch event will be followed by a tour of schools in coastal and fishing communities across North Devon, taking place from February 25th – 28th. The SAS education team will Seas For Life education sessions in primary and secondary schools including West Down, Berrynarbour , Woolacombe, Ilfracombe Academy, Kingsley in Bideford, West Buckland in Barnstaple, Instow CP School and Combe Martin
The Seas For LIfe education programme covers our latest campaigns on water quality, marine litter, climate change, toxic chemicals, shipping and coastal wave protection. It also addresses the concept of citizenship and how students can have a positive impact on the marine environment to contribute to safeguarding fisheries, oceans, waves and beaches, and other coastal assets.
Surfers Against Sewage has developed this project with the support from Fisheries Local Action Group (FLAG) Northern Devon. A partnership of stakeholders from all aspects of Northern Devon’s fishing community the NDFLAG aim is to – “create the conditions for the sustainable development of the Northern Devon fishing community by increasing opportunities through a range of complementary measures”, such as the SAS Seas For Life education programme.
For more information on our Seas For Life or any of our education programmes contact [email protected]
"This project to educate school children in Northern Devon about the issues facing the marine environment fits nicely with the efforts our local fishing fleet have undertaken to preserve fish stocks."
Steve Pitcher, the chair of the Northern Devon FLAG says;
"North Devon’s fishing and coastal communities set a fantastic benchmark in sustainable coastal stewardship, with the Lundy Marine Nature Reserve and thousands of volunteers cleaning their local beaches each year setting a great example. Our Seas For Life education programme aims to support and enhance these inspiring communities."
SAS Campaigns & Education Manager, Dom Ferris says;