Home   News   Article

PICTURES: Black Isle protest at Rosemarkie beach over pollution at sea


By Alasdair Fraser

Easier access to your trusted, local news. Have a look at our brand new digital subscription packages!



CONCERN over pollution in seas, lochs and waterways brought a diverse group of water-users together last weekend for a dawn protest on a Black Isle beach.

Dawn protest by sea and shore users against pollution
Dawn protest by sea and shore users against pollution

The Turn the Tide event drew dozens of lovers of the open water to Rosemarkie to coincide with the end of the COP26 summit in Glasgow.

“We face unprecedented pressures from under-investment in water management, illegal dumping of sewage and a massive spike in tourism and development around our shores." – Mia Verrecchia

Organised by Mia Verrecchia, a local open water swimmer, the group made waves in the early morning light as part of a UK wide initiative created by English Channel swimmer Peter Green on the behalf of the The Open Water Swimming Society.

Dawn protest by sea and shore users against pollution
Dawn protest by sea and shore users against pollution

Ms Verrecchia said: "The event provided a voice for a diverse group of people who use our seas, lochs and waterways.

“As COP 26 closes, we want the people in power to remain accountable for what happens now and in the years to come.

Dawn protest by sea and shore users against pollution
Dawn protest by sea and shore users against pollution

“We face unprecedented pressures from under-investment in water management, illegal dumping of sewage and a massive spike in tourism and development around our shores.

“The Moray Firth faces similar challenges in finding the right balance in maintaining its obligation to protect marine life and support thriving communities and water users.”

Dawn protest by sea and shore users against pollution
Dawn protest by sea and shore users against pollution

Chanonry Sailing Club was well-represented at the event, with its skiff rowers paddling from Fortrose around Chanonry Point to Rosemarkie to join a group of about 50 other recreational sea and shore users.

The group included St Ayles Rowing skiffs, kayakers, stand up paddle boarders and many wild swimmers keen to protest against the pumping of untreated sewage into the sea.

Dawn protest by sea and shore users against pollution
Dawn protest by sea and shore users against pollution

Ms Verrecchia added: "It was a great success. Chanonry Sailing Club sent rowers in their skiffs, appearing as the sunrise came up, and it was a spectacular sight and a great atmosphere.

“There were some wonderful and creative banners carrying our unified message."

The organiser is hopeful that the event will become an annual one.

Dawn protest by sea and shore users against pollution
Dawn protest by sea and shore users against pollution
Dawn protest by sea and shore users against pollution
Dawn protest by sea and shore users against pollution
Chanonry Sailing Club joined the protest
Chanonry Sailing Club joined the protest

PICTURES: Schoolkid tells why he skipped classroom to head to Glasgow


Do you want to respond to this article? If so, click here to submit your thoughts and they may be published in print.



This site uses cookies. By continuing to browse the site you are agreeing to our use of cookies - Learn More