World Oceans Day at Port William Saturday 8 June – Face to face with a lobster

Get up close to sealife at the World Oceans Day family event in Port William.

A local fisherman is opening the doors to his lobster and crab holding tanks so the public can get up close to wildlife from our seas on Saturday 8th June from 12 noon to 5pm at Port William Harbour.

Paul Maguire, a member of the Galloway Static Gear Association, has installed tanks that are designed to provide the optimum conditions to ensure happy and healthy shellfish. Sealife like spider crabs and sea urchins that are sometimes caught in lobster pots and are usually returned to the sea will also be on view.

The World Oceans Day theme this year is Together we can protect and restore our ocean focusing on positive action to tackle the problem of plastic pollution and protect sea life. As well as an opportunity to visit the lifeboat station there will be fun activities as well as an opportunity to identify shells and learn about fish.

Visitors to the Port William event can also discover more about Solway Coastwise, a project that is revealing the stories behind coastal place names.  The project is encouraging local people to share their own knowledge and stories about the amazing Dumfries and Galloway coastline.