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Surf charity SAS announce new marine information boards at Newlyn Harbour

By The Cornishman  |  Posted: January 15, 2014

By Josh Barrie

  • SAS information board

  • Pupils from Newlyn Primary School flank the turquoise-coloured information board. With them, from left, are Dom Ferris, Surfers against Sewage; Newlyn harbour master, Rob Parsons; FLAG animateur, Chris Ranford; Andy Wheeler of the CFPO and Dr Joanna Henley of Sciart Solution. SAS

  • St Ives Friday Dec 6 – SAS Education Officer, Dom Ferris and St Ives Harbour Master Stephen Bassett at Smeaton's Pier - photo SAS

  • Mousehole Friday Dec 6 – SAS Education Officer, Dom Ferris with the West Cornwall Footpath Society - photo SAS

  • Pupil looks at an information board - photo SAS

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CLEAN sea support group Surfers Against Sewage (SAS) has uncovered the latest of its brightly coloured coastal information boards at an unveiling in Newlyn.

The charity has installed ten of the boards at what it calls "the most beautiful and iconic harbours in Cornwall and the Isles of Scilly".

SAS teamed up with the Cornish Fish Producers' Organisation (CFPO) and the Fisheries Local Action Group (Flag), supported by others, to "promote sustainable coastal communities" as part of an educational programme.

The charity said the boards highlighted the importance of caring for the marine environment while providing a connection between the public and local fishermen.

SAS education officer Dom Ferris said: "We are inexorably linked to our marine ecosystems. These interpretation boards will both enhance and support the sense of sustainable stewardship that already exists in the fishing and coastal communities for many years."

The initiative, called Seas For Life, was introduced by SAS alongside Newlyn harbour master Rob Parsons and representatives from CFPO and Flag.

They were joined by Newlyn's primary school pupils, who took part in one of the SAS learning sessions as part of the scheme.

The charity has also installed the "interactive" boards at harbours in Newquay, Portreath, St Ives, Mousehole, Porthleven, Coverack, St Mawes, Looe and St Mary's on the Isles of Scilly.

The charity is encouraging people to visit them when they get a chance. Flag's Chris Ranford, who was behind the designs, said he was happy to be involved.

Paul Trebilcock, chief executive of CFPO, based in Newlyn, said schooling others on such a big part of west Cornwall's economy was vital.

"The Cornish fishing fleet has been and continues to be at the forefront of sustainable fishing in Europe," he said.

"It is widely acknowledged that a healthy and diverse marine environment is closely related to a healthy and diverse fishing industry."

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