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24 August 2011 | Posted in Marine , Wildlife Events

Author Erin Pettifer

On Friday 12th August, our week of diverse and consistently great Marine Week activities came to an end. For me it ended on a high, with the final event at Seven Sisters really highlighting why so much effort is expended by invaluable volunteers and committed staff to run this annual celebration of our seas. Why?... Because the enthusiasm shown by all ages about our marine environment, and the desire to protect it, gave me an injection of positivity and hope for the future of our oceans.

The event had an ideal mix of fun arts and crafts activities, information, what people can do to support marine conservation and even some cutting edge science! Check out the pictures and activities below…..

Illustrating our amazing Sussex marine life:

  • ‘Look and see’ rockpool life tank
  • Underwater video footage
  • Stunning marine life photo exhibition
  • Marine Protected Area campaign

Deep sea research (new to the science world let alone the general public!):

  • Video footage some 3000m down!
  • Interactive model of the Remotely Operated Vehicle (ROV) used
  • Specimens of the weird and wonderful creatures found!

In the face of some very bleak predictions for our oceans I needed this positivity injection from Marine Week. A recent report released by the International Programme on the State of the Ocean (, shockingly concludes that the combined effects of climate change, overexploitation, pollution and habitat loss mean the world’s ocean is now at high risk of entering a phase of extinction of marine species unprecedented in human history.

This may happen in our lifetime. Worse still, what about the legacy we’re leaving children? Do you feel guilty and embarrassed, as I do, possibly being the generation that knew, had the answers and did nothing? I think that the need for action NOW has never been clearer.

Do you want to take that first positive step towards change and give areas of our sea some well needed breathing space to recover? If so, one thing you can do is help get effective Marine Protected Areas established around the UK by supporting The Wildlife Trust’s Petition Fish campaign

I really believe that we can all make a difference and Marine Week has shown that the will to protect our marine environment is there. Margaret Mead (1901-1978) puts it pretty well...

“Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful, committed citizens can change the world. Indeed, it is the only thing that ever has”.

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