Monty Halls urges the public to join in fish debate
MARINE biologist and TV adventurer Monty Halls has urged the public to join the fisheries debate.
The Dartmouth-based celebrity wants members of the public to join him on a special debate future of fishing and the sustainable use of our seas.
The star of The Fisherman’s Apprentice is to host a Question Time-style evening in which he’ will be inviting audience members to quiz an expert panel and share their views on issues affecting the industry.
Joining Monty on stage will be The End of the Line film-maker, author and journalist Charles Clover, Sheryll Murray, MP for South East Cornwall and representatives from the fishing industry, and the science and environment communities.
With a wealth of experience in all aspects of upvc, from windows & doors to conservatories and anything in between GDH UPVC offers competitive prices why not call today you maybe surprised!
Contact: 01803 226676
Valid until: Thursday, June 20 2013
The debate – Sustainable Fisheries in a Changing World – is being held in Plymouth University’s graduation marquee on the Hoe.
It is part of the Oceans of Potential Conference, which itself is a key strand of the Plymouth Marine City Festival.
Monty said: “For years our waters have been an open environment where fishermen have been able to pursue their catch with relatively few restrictions. But the marine landscape is changing rapidly and significant areas are to be given over to renewable energy developments, marine conservation zones, and aquaculture.
“So how do we balance the often conflicting interests of a sustainable fishing industry, food production, research and development of new technology, and the need for a healthy, biodiverse sea?
“Well, these are some of the issues that the panel and I will be wrestling with – and given their importance to the South West, we’re hoping that people from Plymouth and the region will come along and have their say in the debate.”
Monty saw for himself the challenging realities facing the region’s fishing fleets when he spent a year at Cadgwith in Cornwall serving an ‘apprenticeship’ and learning some of the traditional techniques associated with small boat-based operations.
He said: “One of the issues I am particularly looking forward to discussing is whether the model we use on land with agriculture and conservation sites could be replicated in the marine environment – with large swathes of territory given over to food production, balanced with protected zones where fishing would be highly restricted.”
Sustainable Fisheries in a Changing World will start at 5.30pm on 11th September, and is free to attend by members of the public. To register for a place please email email@example.com or visit www.marinecityfestival.co.uk.