Beneath the waves of the North Sea lies a magical marine kingdom just as colourful, fascinating and beautiful as that found anywhere else in the world, but there are issues with pollution, sustainable fishing, climate change impacts and invasive species, which have led to Northumberland Wildlife Trust launching its 2014 Living Seas Marine Appeal, in an attempt to protect this exceptional landscape for current and future generations to enjoy.
In November 2013, 27 out of 127 recommended Marine Conservation Zones were designated and three of these are found off the Northumberland Coast. In addition, an extra three have now been identified for designation in 2015 including the Coquet Island to St Mary’s Island zone.
Cash raised will help the wildlife charity continue its funding of a specialist marine officer to engage communities and industries in the protection of local marine life as well as supporting the purchase of specialist equipment to train volunteers in species identification and the funding of beach clean-up days.
The Trust recently supported Newcastle University’s Big Sea Survey which recruited 357 ‘citizen scientists’ to provide robust information about the state of the local coastline and supported the work of partner organisations such as British Divers Marine Life Rescue
Aurelie Bohan, Northumberland Wildlife Trust’s newly appointed Marine Officer said: “Just how lucky are we to live with all this on our doorstep - the North Sea is amazing. If we change the way we do things we can help it to recover and ensure that our marine wildlife thrives so that future generations can enjoy our marine heritage … please be part of it, every £1 makes a difference.”
Anybody wishing to donate to the Living Seas Appeal can be done so in the following ways:
• Online at www.nwt.org.uk/donate using a credit/debit card
• By post - send a cheque to: Freepost NT89, Garden House, St Nicholas Park, Newcastle, NE3 3XT
• By telephone on 0191 2846884 with a credit/debit card
• Text SEAS15 £5 to 70070 to donate £5