Delegate needed for unique Junior SEA LIFE conference

Front entrance of the Scottish SEA LIFE Sanctuary The Scottish SEA LIFE Sanctuary is searching for a young marine buff to be its representative at a unique National Junior SEA LIFE Conference in July 2008.

All 11 UK SEA LIFE Centres and Sanctuaries are to select a youngster between the ages of 10 and 14 to represent them at the Conference in Birmingham on 15th and 16th July 2008. "The aim is to raise awareness of the many serious threats that our seas and their inhabitants are facing," said Sanctuary displays supervisor Tina Houchin.
"We want to involve children in particular because they are the future custodians of the marine environment, and their generation is likely to be faced with even more critical decisions affecting that environment than ours."

Representatives of leading wildlife and conservation charities will be invited to the two day Conference at the luxurious Hilton Metropole in Birmingham, and it has already won the backing of national children's newspaper First News.

A visit to the flagship National SEA LIFE Centre and a prestigious Conference Dinner on day one, will be followed next day by 15 minute presentations by each of the 11 delegates.
"They won't be on their own, however," explained Tina. "Our delegate, for example, will be helped by a marine expert here at the Park, and that expert will also help them at the Conference."

The Park is urging young SEA LIFE enthusiasts from the region to write in and tell them about the marine conservation issue that most concerns them.

"They might be upset about whaling, worried about pollution or troubled by all they keep hearing about the melting polar ice cap," said Tina.
National SEA LIFE Centre in Birmingham
"The disappearance of coral reefs, the killing of sharks just for their fins, disappearing fish stocks or the Oriental trade in seahorses for use in traditional medicines are all possible topics.

"Or it may be that someone already supports a very specific marine conservation project somewhere in the world, and would like to do a presentation on that.

"As we're a seal rescue centre it's likely that seal conservation will be a favourite topic, but it needn't necessarily relate to any of the creatures we have here at the Sanctuary," Tina added.
Hilton Metropole Hotel The Sanctuary is asking would-be delegates to write in and explain in no more than 100 words what they would like to talk about at the Conference.

The selected youngster will not only receive expert help researching and preparing their Conference address, they will also get to take mum, dad or another guardian along with them.

"We're also hoping to persuade a celebrity wildlife presenter to come along," said Tina, who added that the Conference could also help determine the topic of SEA LIFE's next major conservation campaign.
"It promises to be a once-in-a-lifetime experience for all the children involved, and hopefully something that will get children everywhere thinking about these important issues."

The closing date for children to get their letters in is Monday, 31st of March 2008. They should be sent to The Scottish SEA LIFE Sanctuary, Barcaldine, Oban, Argyll PA37 1SE.
Issued by The Scottish SEA LIFE Sanctuary

For more details, please contact Alex Blackman on 01631 720386

Press Release date: 20th February 2008

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