Sea Change Week Success
From 4th – 11th June we ran our first ever Sea Change Week championing all the different ways supporters can move the world to protect marine animals from the impact of ghost fishing gear.
To start the week we launched our digital postcard to the Minister for the Marine Environment, George Eustice, and amazingly nearly 2,000 of you sent one to his department at DEFRA. The postcard calls for ghost gear to be made a priority by the government so that animals can be protected from entanglement and other injuries caused by lost nets. You can still take the action now and we will keep you updated with the response!
To highlight the issue in Parliament we held a photo call for MPs in Westminster and had a great response from politicians who want to join us and make a sea change. You can read a blog by our public affairs manager, Josh Kaile, about the event which saw MPs pledging to take action to support the campaign and meeting Scrappy, a seal sculpture made from fishing nets collected during beach cleans in autumn.
During the week we also launched a video explaining how members of the public can get involved in the campaign by monitoring, uploading and removing ghost gear that they encounter while at the beach. The Sea Change Map had some great uploads from rescued sea gulls to children who spent their weekend foraging for ghost gear on the south coast.
The map will be live throughout the summer and offers a vital opportunity for members of the public to help us build evidence about ghost gear and help us with the campaign. Please remember to log your sightings whenever you’re at the beach and share your favourites.
To support the week we created a page of downloads including things like screen savers, social media cover photos and posters you can print to display in your local shop or dive centre. It’s not too late to get involved in being a Sea Change activist and help spread the word!
The campaigns team at World Animal Protection UK were delighted with the response to our first ever Sea Change Week of action. To keep up to date with more activities and how you can get involved with to help protect animals, please sign up to our regular e-news.