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Tuesday, 27 April 2010

When the bitterly cold easterly winds and icy conditions visit us here in Britain at the beginning of the year, it is hard to imagine where the shallow water marine creatures are. I know however that it is at this time of year, from November to June that the sharks of the British waters are breeding.The most familiar to me being the common spotted dogfish. These cat sharks or dogfish are usually found sleeping during the day in the gullies and rocky outcrops of our shallow waters. Every spring when snorkeling I am lucky enough to come across one or two of these beautiful animals.They lie peacefully on the sand with their brown marbled eyes closed. Their skin has a surface pattern that any designer would be proud of; it is not unlike leopardskin sandpaper.

These elegant swimmers usually produce up to ten egg cases every month.The smaller egg cases of the dig fish have curly tendrils which attach themselves to long seaweed strands and rocks.On numerous occasions we have seen the baby fish which appear after only one month inside the case washed upon the sands.These baby fish spend another seven months fattening themselves on the yolk before swimming free into the open ocean after nine months.

Sadly and frustratingly the dogfish themselves are often found along the high tide mark, bearing the scars of fisherman's butchery. These fish are not fished commercially, only for fish meal and oils, though sold as rock salmon in some markets. Their sandpaper skin and small sharks teeth make loosening the grip of a fish hook a little more challenge and it is easier to kill the fish to remove a hook. I am aware that in the pursuit of the treasured sea bass around our shores, the constant tug on a fishing line of yet another or the same dogfish is seen as a keen fishermans nightmare.

I was taught to fish as a child.Now a little more informed and with a lot more respect for the richness and diversity of our local marine life, I am keen to educate my family as to the fragile and wonderful treasures of our shores and to educate them on sustainable food sources that our ocean can provide.
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Tuesday, 20 April 2010

Broken glass replaces sand on Gower beauty spot.

Join us in the fight against the plastic bag and broken glass.

Friends of mine own the campsite at Hillend, LLangennith,Gower. A weekly litter pick by the owners of the campsite harvests a massive quantity of broken glass, plastic bottles and disposable barbecues from the sand dunes.

The surge in popularity of the Gower Penninsula for water sports, fishing and beach activities has not only increased visitor numbers to our coastline but has brought with it a growing trend of day and nighttime beach fires and after dark parties. We need to highlight the aftermath of the beach party and the worrying amount of broken glass and bottles left behind that is replacing our golden sand. I question why there is no enforceable law against such littering, when you can be fined for dropping a cigarette in the town centre by a council ranger.

I admit a beach fire is a magical experience. As a child a day at the beach was not complete without cooking foil wrapped potatoes on the burning embers of a driftwood fire. The sound of the crickets, the pounding waves and hiss of a beach fire at the waters edge are treasured memories. We need to ensure that fires are put out properly and that we dispose of our rubbish responsibly.