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'Fin the Fish' To Take Plastic Off Scarborough Beach

'Fin the Fish' To Take Plastic Off Scarborough Beach

Published by Karen Liu at 1:08pm 14th August 2019. (Updated at 1:37pm 14th August 2019)

A new sculpture has been installed on Scarborough seafront which is designed to take plastic off the beach.

Yorkshire Water, in partnership with Scarborough Borough Council and the University of Hull, installed ‘Fin the Fish’ earlier today.

They are asking visitors to the beach to go down and support the installation by bringing their plastic bottles to fill him up.

It was created to showcase how plastic pollution is damaging marine organisms on a daily basis.

It is hoped Fin is one step towards reducing this volume and showing that however small the action is, everyone can help to reduce the plastics entering the ocean. 

Fin the Fish

Cllr Janet Jefferson, Cabinet Member for Scarborough Borough Council said:

“We’re really pleased to support this proactive initiative to help tackle the problems associated with plastic waste.

We hope that it will not only be thought provoking, but also encourage everyone visiting Scarborough to play their part in keeping plastic off the beach and out of the sea.”

Professor Dan Parsons, Director of Hull University's Energy and Environment Institute, said:

"The world has woken up to the critical issue of plastic pollution in our oceans, which is a growing challenge and is having devastating consequences for marine environments both globally and off our Yorkshire coastline.

Our scientists at the University of Hull are tackling these issues through our research and teaching but we all have a duty to do what we can to protect our fragile marine ecosystems.

That’s why we’re delighted to support Yorkshire Water’s ‘Do your bit’ initiative.

We hope that Fin the Fish will help visitors to Scarborough see this growing problem and prompt them to consider what they can do to reduce their own waste.”

Built in Egton Bridge, by Godbold Blacksmiths Ltd and installed by KRC Engineering Service, Fin also showcases local talent by being designed and built on the Yorkshire Coast.

Lee Pitcher, Head of Resilience at Yorkshire Water, said:

“Fin is our way of showing everyone that they can make a difference to save the sea, the creatures who live in it and our planet. How amazing to think that every time you use Fin, you are doing your bit to help save the planet.

Head down to Scarborough South Bay this summer and “Do your bit” by feeding Fin."

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