Young Seal Fan Books Ticket To Junior Sea Life Conference

A 13-year-old Hayle girl is to represent the National Seal Sanctuary at Britain's first National Junior Sea Life Conference.

Rebecca Johnson of Tremeadow Terrace in Hayle answered an appeal to find a local delegate with a letter telling Sanctuary staff about her passion for seals and the horror of the seal cull that takes place every year in Canada.

Rebecca will now work with Sanctuary seal expert Daniel Jarvis to put a presentation together for the Conference, being staged at Birmingham's Hilton Hotel on 15th and 16th July 2008.

On a visit to the Sanctuary to meet Daniel and lay plans for July, Rebecca became the first official signatory of a new Sea Life network conservation petition.

The National Seal Sanctuary and all UK Sea Life Centres are determined to stem the needless slaughter of millions of 'innocent victims' of commercial fishing operations.
Rebecca signing SOS petition
The death toll includes species like sharks, sea turtles and porpoises, all captured in nets or on lines set for other quarry.

It now also includes millions of immature fish like cod and sea bass, which are too small to be legitimately taken to market, but which invariably die as a result of capture in spite of being eventually thrown back overboard.
"There are devices now available, and measures that can be taken, to cut down the carnage and perhaps save some of the more threatened species from disappearing from our seas altogether," said Daniel.

Rebecca was only too pleased to accept the honour of heading up the National Seal Sanctuary's petition, as well as being its delegate to the Junior Sea Life Conference.
National Sea Life Centre in Birmingham She will be joined by nine other young delegates from around the UK, meeting up at the National Sea Life Centre, Birmingham, for a tour before attending a special Conference Dinner on the evening of July 15th.

Special guests will include representatives of wildlife and conservation charities and, all being well, a celebrity TV wildlife presenter.
Hilton Metropole Hotel
The presentations the next day will cover a range of critical marine conservation and welfare subjects from whaling and seal culling to the erosion of coral reefs.

All the collected signatures from Sea Life's new 'Innocent Victims' petition, including those from 16 other European Sea Life centres and one in California will be presented next year to the United Nations Committee on Fisheries urging it to use its influence to get the new measures employed as widely as possible.

The Campaign is the latest cause to be championed by the Sea Life network under the umbrella of it's own environmental and conservation programme SOS (Save Our Seas).

The Junior Sea Life Conference is another SOS project, and is successful is likely to become an annual event.

"It's a chance for the younger generation to air their concerns about our fragile marine environment and maybe have an influence on the kind of marine world their own children will be able to enjoy in the future," said Daniel.
Issued by The National Seal Sanctuary
For more details, please contact Daniel Jarvis or Rachael Vine on 01326 221361
Press Release date: 1st May 2008

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