A charity has launched a campaign to protect marine life in the North Sea and is calling for financial support.
Northumberland Wildlife Trust is behind the Living Seas Marine Appeal, to protect the underwater landscape.
In November 2013, 27 out of 127 recommended Marine Conservation Zones were designated and three of these are found off the Northumberland coast.
In addition, an extra three have now been identified for designation in 2015 including the Coquet Island to St Mary’s Island zone.
Money raised through the appeal will help the wildlife charity to continue its funding of a specialist marine officer to engage communities and industries in the protection of local marine life as well as supporting the purchase of specialist equipment to train volunteers in species identification and the funding of beach clean-up days.
The Trust recently supported Newcastle University’s Big Sea Survey which recruited 357 citizen scientists to provide robust information about the state of the local coastline and supported the work of partner organisations such as British Divers Marine Life Rescue.
Aurelie Bohan, Northumberland Wildlife Trust’s newly-appointed marine officer, said: “Just how lucky are we to live with all this on our doorstep – the North Sea is amazing.
“If we change the way we do things, we can help it to recover and ensure that our marine wildlife thrives so that future generations can enjoy our marine heritage.
“Please be part of it, every £1 makes a difference.”
Anybody wishing to donate to the Living Seas Appeal can do so in a variety of ways:
• Go online at www.nwt.org.uk and use a credit/debit card
• Send a cheque by post to Freepost NT89, Garden House, St Nicholas Park, Newcastle, NE3 3XT
• Call 0191 2846884 with a credit/debit card
• Text SEAS15 £5 to 70070 to donate £5.
For more information, visit www.nwt.org.uk