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Scarborough's 'Fin the Fish' To Relocate For Winter

Scarborough's 'Fin the Fish' To Relocate For Winter

Published by Karen Liu at 12:19pm 18th October 2019.

'Fin the Fish' is moving from its home on Scarborough's South Bay for the winter.

The sculpture, which was installed back in August, is designed to take plastic off the beach.

It is an initiative by Yorkshire Water, in partnership with Scarborough Borough Council and the University of Hull.

They had asked 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. 

In only eight weeks, Fin collected over 6,000 bottles, which Scarborough Borough Council have recycled.

During the winter months, he will now be relocated to The Deep in Hull.

Louise Kirby, Director of Operations and People said:

“We are delighted to welcome Fin the fish to The Deep.

He is a visual reminder of the serious threat plastic is posing to the oceans and the marine life living within them.

By 2050, it is expected that there will be more plastic in the oceans than fish, so it’s vital that we act now.

We hope Fin will help to spread this message, not only to visitors to the aquarium, but also the city."

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 The Deep see this growing problem and prompt them to consider what they can do to reduce their own waste.”

Lee Pitcher, Head of Resilience 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.”


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