“Sea Trust” Surfaces!
Sea Trust (S&W Wales)
(Supported by Environment Wales- a Welsh Assembly Government initiative)
September 2003 - No1
through the larval stage as P.O.R.P.P. (Pencaer Observation &
Recording Programme Pembrokeshire) we have metamorphosised into Sea
Trust (S&W Wales) and in effect, have become a marine arm (Flipper?)
of The Wildlife Trust South and West Wales. In doing so we have
formed a committee and agreed a constitution. Colossal thanks to Dr
Madeleine Havard (Director of Operations) of the WTS&WW for her help
in pulling our group into shape and also to Derek Moore OBE (Chief
Exec) for his encouragement.
Sea Trust within the community.
Sea Trust is not merely interested in research. Our objective is to work with and engage the community in our projects.
In the real world our cetaceans and other sea life are considered of little value unless people are made aware of their presence. Once this is achieved they become an asset to the community and their protection more assured.
Sea Trust actively encourages members of the public to accompany us on our Celtic/Irish Sea surveys. we have also organised outdoor and indoor events which the public can attend. On one of these, over two hundred and fifty people came to watch Porpoises at Strumble head on a glorious August evening
A real time video link up with divers and scientists on the Great Barrier Reef in Australia, and our invited audience at the ‘e-centre’, Fishguard was a first for Wales. It was incredibly exciting to talk with and ask questions, even direct the divers as they filmed huge sharks thousands of miles away.
Astounding to think that the sun had only just risen over their part of the sunny Pacific Ocean to start a new day, whilst with us the sun had gone down on the chilly Atlantic four hours earlier
Closer to home we have been asked to take part
in the consultation stages regarding a proposed marina development
in Fishguard by the Welsh Assembly Government. It is hoped we will
continue to Work with the Marina developers Anglesey Boat Company,
and help them to address any environmental and
community issues. It should be mentioned that Anglesey Boat
Company kindly sponsored our Great Barrier Reef event., and Mr
Dafydd Jones their M.D. has offered further support in the future
for our projects.
Sea Trust has come together in a relatively short time but it has good foundations based on P.O.R.P.P. and the work of the Strumble pioneers. such as David Saunders Stuart Devonald Jack Donovan and Graham Rees. The Wildlife Trust , South and West Wales gives us a pretty good pedigree and I feel we could count the famous Pembrokeshire naturalist Ronald Lockley as a founding father, certainly the sea was ever foremost in his eyes.
Since our inaugural meeting in June 2003 Sea Trust has accelerated off the starting line and continued apace leaping hurdles and achieving results. We see no reason to slow down and are in the process of entering into new projects and partnerships
Through committee member Powell Strong, we have made contact with Pembrokeshire College who have responded very favourably to the proposal of working together in future projects This is an essential part of our aim to work within the community and involve young people. Further efforts will be made to widen the educational scope of our operations for all ages.
Through our contacts formed at recent Dolphin workshops in Aberystwyth, we have looked at ways of combining efforts with other groups that have made up the recently formed Welsh Cetacean Group. We are currently hoping to secure funding for a ferry based, three year cetacean survey . Should our bid prove successful we hope to invite Pembrokeshire College, Gower marine Mammal Group and Friends of Cardigan Bay to participate in this exciting project.