Festival of the Sea in Port Erin was a huge success

Thursday 26th July 2018

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The 2018 Festival of the Sea last weekend in Port Erin was a huge success with over 3000 visitors coming to see the Marine Mega Tanks.

Visiotrs to the event were able to see a huge range of sea creatures from crabs and lobsters to starfish and anemones. The dogfish sharks and the spider crabs were popular atractions. We had some rarer marine life such as the skeleton shrimps and even a stalked jellyfish.

The event takes a huge amount of work to put togther and we rely heavily on our volunteers who provide a great deal of support both during the set-up and breakdown but also during the event itself. So Manx Willdifde Truyst want to thank all the volunteers who helped, some who come back year after year. We couldnt do the event without you!

We also rely heavily on financial and physical support from a number of businesses and organistaions:

The Department for the Environemnt, Food and Agriculture (DEFA) support the event finacially but also supply a great deal of knowledge and expertise which helps which identification and intersting facts about some of the species. The Department works to protect and enhance the Island’s natural assets within the core principles of environmental, economic and social sustainability; whilst optimising quality of life, international reputation, food production energy security and outdoor amenity.

DEFA works in partnership with all sectors of the Manx Community to protect and enhance the essentials of life – food, air, land and water and to minimise the impact of work activities and food borne and infectious disease on the people who live, work and visit our Island. It has policy responsibility for animal health and welfare, environmental protection, food, farming and fisheries.

All the marine life that features in the Mega Tanks is collected by Discover Diving. We're still not sure how they managed to get the dogfish! Discover Diving is the Isle of Man's only diving centre. Established in 2004, they moved to their current location in Port St Mary in 2008. Discover Diving is run by Steve Cowley and Michelle Haywood, who are both experienced divers and instructors.

Discover Diving offer training from beginner up to instructor level in all subaqua activities; snorkelling, scuba diving and technical diving. They have a diving charter service for visitors and a busy dive club for local divers, with a packed dive calendar. Their well stocked dive shop sells all the equipment you could ever need, and their experienced service technicians can service regulators, repair suits and test cylinders.

CuPlas provide help with all the plumbing which keeps fresh seawater flowing through the tanks, essential in keeping the marine life happy. Set in their 36,000sq ft purpose built unit at the Snugborough Trading Estate, upstairs you’ll find a superb showroom with over 50 stunning displays from simple WCs to expansive full wetrooms.

You’ll also be able to view the hundreds of bathroom fittings, tiles and flooring options. They also provide free expert advice, free design and their amazing 4D virtual reality display for your new bathroom design – and a free coffee too!

The Isle of Man Airport Fire Service lend us the big containers (IBC's) that we use to store the fresh seawater for the Marine Mega Tanks. 

Ask Buck recycling provide the palletes which support the seawater containers. Ask Buck recycle most of the waste that comes into their premises. In fact over 99%, the only thing that we do not recycle is food waste so, if you own a retail or commercial store or you just want to recycle, they can help you with pretty much everything except your lunch.

Motors and Mowers, in Kirk Michael, supplied the trailer to move all the equipment from the various stroage locations around the isalnd all the way down to Port Erin and back again - including the whale! Motors & Mowers are the Isle of Man's leading Stihl and Kubota dealer - specialists in sales and service of all gardening equipment. Their showroom is just off the main road in Kirk Michael.

Motors & Mowers share a passion for all things forest and garden. Their dedication to our customers is second to none and this combined with their skills and knowledge make Motors & Mowers the Island's leading supplier of garden tools and machinery.

Royale Maps helped out on the Marine Mega Tanks all weekend and even presented one of their beautiful ornamental maps of the Isle of Man to Graham, our Marketing & Membership Manager.

Royale Maps reintroduce the traditional 15th century mapping craft, to serve a new purpose.

Inspired by the Age of Discovery, an era that spanned from the 15th to the 18th century, during which maps became artworks, Catherine Petit, a Belgian designer, now resident on the Isle of Man, hand-draws ornamental maps.

She spends hundreds of hours researching and hand-drawing each location, to obtain a genuinely unique piece of art which celebrates the endemic and often endangered fauna and flora. Her goal is to create meaningful, and educational, artworks that will enhance your home, and your conversations. Every map they publish is paired with its own local non-profit organisation. 

For example, by purchasing the Map of Mann, you will have a direct positive impact on the Isle of Man, because Royale Maps will donate a portion of all Map of Mann sales to support the Manx Wildlife Trust. And so, as a Royale map owner you can truly connect with the places you love.

So thank you, once again, to all our volunteers and supporters, we couldnt do it without you. If you want to get involved next year, get in touch with Graham on graham@manxwt.org.uk. We are particualrly interested in speaking to any companies that would be willing to sponsor the 2019 Festival of the Sea.

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