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National Park wildlife sculptures to highlight fight against marine litter

Did you know it is estimated the equivalent of the contents of a bin lorry full of plastic enters the world’s oceans every single minute? Or that up to one million sea birds die every year as a result of eating pieces of plastic?

To highlight these and other issues caused by marine litter, the Pembrokeshire Coast National Park Authority has commissioned a series of interactive sculptures to help raise awareness of the problems and highlight the steps we can all take to improve the current situation during the Year of the Sea.

Save our Seas: Two of the sculptures that have been created to raise awareness of the marine litter issue in the Pembrokeshire Coast National Park.
Save our Seas: Two of the sculptures that have been created to raise awareness of the marine litter issue in the Pembrokeshire Coast National Park.

The five wire framed models include a pod of three dolphins, a fish and the emblem of the National Park, a razorbill.

The sculptures will be appearing at various locations across the National Park and county of Pembrokeshire including shows, beach cleans and other events.

National Park Authority Interpretation Officer Rebecca Evans said: “As the UK’s only coastal National Park, we are only too aware of how much marine litter is left behind by the tide every day.

“Many volunteers help improve the situation by taking part in beach cleans on the Pembrokeshire Coast every year but this is not a sustainable solution.

“There does seem to be some light at the end of the tunnel, with communities taking it upon themselves to reduce the consumption of single use plastics to become Plastic Free, and it’s great to see the popularity of the 2 Minute Beach Clean campaign.

“Together with these initiatives, we hope the sculptures can help inspire people to make different choices, such as using reusable cups and bottles and picking up litter when they next visit a beach.”

The sculptures were commissioned by the Park Authority and created by Cardigan artist, Toby Downing. Some have been filled with marine litter, while others will be filled by the public at special events.

Published 09 April 2018


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