Sanctuary to send delegate to Junior Sea Life Conference

The National Seal Sanctuary is looking for a local youngster to represent it at the first ever National Junior Sea Life Conference in Birmingham in July 2008.

The two-day event on 15th and 16th of July 2008 will see eleven children from around the UK deliver brief presentations on the big marine conservation issues of the day.

"It will include a visit to the flagship National Sea Life Centre and a Conference dinner attended by representatives of several key wildlife and environmental charities," said the Sanctuary's Attraction Manager Sarah Vine.

View of the entrance to the National Seal Sanctuary
National Sea Life Centre in Birmingham "We need to find a youngster aged 10 to 14 who will team up with one of our own marine experts to put together a report on any marine issue that really concerns them.

"It could be pollution, overfishing or whaling, for example," she added, "or maybe they're horrified about the exploitation of seahorses for Chinese medicines, or the grisly trade in shark fins."

Whoever is chosen will travel with a parent or guardian and accompanying marine expert to stay at the luxurious Hilton Metropole Hotel.

Day Two will be reserved for the presentations, one of which could provide the topic of the next major conservation campaign by the entire Sea Life network…comprising 27 attractions in 10 countries.

"As we are primarily a seal rescue facility we naturally hope our delegate will focus on a seal conservation issue, such as the controversial seal cull in Alaska," said Sarah.

"Or if anyone has been supporting a specific project helping one particular species or habitat, they might want to tell the Conference about that."

Hilton Metropole Hotel

The Sanctuary is urging would-be delegates to write in and describe the issue they would like to talk about…in no more than 100 words.

The closing date for children to get their letters in is Monday, 31st March 2008. They should send their entries to The National Seal Sanctuary, Gweek, Cornwall TR12 6UG, or by e-mail to seals@sealsanctuary.co.uk

Issued by The National Seal Sanctuary
For more details, please contact Rachael Vine on 01326 221361
Press Release date: 19th February 2008

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