Surfers Against Sewage Organisation Holds School Sessions

sea and rocksOur islands children are very aware of threats to the seas around Scilly and can give details of actual instances where pollution has occurred.

That’s the finding of Don Ferris from the campaign group Surfers Against Sewage, who spent yesterday at the Five Islands School talking to pupils of all ages about the dangers posed by marine litter, toxins and sewage.

Don says it was clear to see the youngsters’ passion for the marine environment, with almost all of them having taking part in a beach clean, a much higher level than on the mainland.

And he said it was remarkable that in every class he spoke to, they recounted the incident at last year’s World Gig Championships where an emergency overflow discharged sewage into the water around Rat Island.

He said the children were clearly upset at seeing material in the water and, more importantly, not being warned that it had happened.

Surfers against sewage have a text alert scheme which sends messages to water users if a discharge has occurred in their area. They can make a choice about whether to go into the water or not.

He said he’d love people here to join that scheme and the youngster could help with the monitoring.

These emergency discharge pipes aren’t unique to Scilly. There are 31,000 in the UK and it’s a problem that needs to be dealt with, says Don.

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