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Sky lantern and Balloon Release Charter

PROTECTING MARINE WILDLIFE

Norfolk County Council Sky lantern and Balloon Release Charter

In November 2019, SEA LIFE Great Yarmouth signed Norfolk County Council’s sky lanterns and balloon release charter. This means that we will not allow balloon or sky lantern releases from our premises. We felt it was important to pledge our support as helium balloons and sky lanterns have a big impact on marine life.

Norfolk County Council is leading the way on these bans which we hope will encourage other councils to follow suit. Balloons and sky lanterns can cause injury and even death to marine wildlife!

There are lots of alternatives to balloon or sky lantern releases, find out more: https://www.rspca.org.uk/adviceandwelfare/litter/balloon-and-sky-lantern-alternatives?fbclid=IwAR3LsDsEbDPo4om3_fXGHwb2iJUXWcGix9ePV812JE6rBFay4XxBx6J2G2U

To find out more about the charter: https://www.norfolk.gov.uk/what-we-do-and-how-we-work/policy-performance-and-partnerships/policies-and-strategies/natural-environment-policies/sky-lanterns-and-balloons

To find out more about the negative impacts balloons and sky lanterns have on marine wildlife, check out Marine Conservation Society’s ‘Don’t let go’ campaign: https://www.mcsuk.org/campaigns/dont-let-go?fbclid=IwAR1IgtAszpBqv8baRbOtGwRZ09nzsJBO9F2eWbx520Q6tSvIK4rJu5VuuW4

Or this leaflet from the RSPB: https://www.rspca.org.uk/documents/1494935/9042554/Balloon+releases+%28V1.1%29+-+2018.pdf/0164dbbf-0834-a45f-4a40-fed60f14e790?t=1553171466542&download=true

To find out which councils have banned balloon and/or sky lantern releases: https://www.mcsuk.org/campaigns/dont-let-go-councils?fbclid=IwAR0uY2pyrTwJuJi0ix1Ty1hQxacqUOe0_vxTqZiSb8KZKwmdRb8Lp597H0w

If your council is not on this list, perhaps contact them to encourage them to do so!