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Sea Change

Sea Change

As the museum is currently closed, we have brought our current exhibition online.

To celebrate its 50th anniversary and the Year of Coasts and Waters, the Scottish Fisheries Museum looks to the future to explore what the seas, and the fishing industry, will be like 50 years from now, in 2070. We have worked with partners from across the fishing industry and marine science and industry to create an exhibition that seeks to identify and address the burning issues facing the seas today and into the future.

Please explore the different topics and themes:

  • The changing sea – effects of climate change on fish and the marine environment
  • Future fishing technology – developments in boat and gear design and their impacts
  • People and the sea – who uses the sea, what for, for whom and who decides

You will find information, family-friendly activity ideas, online resources and links - please have a look around and enjoy the exhibition.

Sea Change introduction

Sea Change

Sea Change introduction

Welcome to Sea Change. Click the title above to begin your tour and discover the main themes of the exhibition.

The seas around us are changing.

Fishing technology is changing.

How we use the seas is changing.

Where will the seas be in 50 years’ time?

How do we safeguard the future of our seas?

The Changing Sea

The Changing Sea

The Changing Sea

The sea is on the front-line of climate change— if we can understand what is happening now can we predict future change?

Watch the Global Surface Temperature Animation produced by NASA GISS. Normal temperatures are the average over the 30 year baseline period 1951-1980.

Have fun with our Funtastic fish art activity ideas

Stormy weather - use our webcam to see what the weather is like in Anstruther today.

Fish on the Move

Fish on the Move

Fish on the Move

The shelf seas around the British Isles are home to more than 330 species of fish. All are affected by climate change—but how?

Our Salmon Case Study outlines the work currently being done to research the effects of climate change and other pressures on Scotland’s iconic fish.

Solve our Sea Change Jigsaw to see how species will change in Scottish waters.

Learn about the fascinating Atlantic Bluefin Tuna with this video lecture from 2019 Buckland Professor, Dr Lucy Hawkes.

Find out about the impact of Plastics in the Sea and why we should all reduce, reuse and recycle.

A Sea of Opportunity

A Sea of Opportunity

A Sea of Opportunity

Can technology offer exciting possibilities to increase the sustainability of fishing?

Discover the technology that goes into designing the Parts of a Trawl Net.

Explore the latest fishing boats in these Features from the Fishing News.

Play our Fishing Boat Game (instructions here).

Build a fisheries research vessel in Lego with these instructions from Marine Scotland.

People and the Sea

People and the Sea

People and the Sea

The sea is becoming an increasingly crowded space — so how should we balance our different priorities as they compete for a shrinking resource?

Play our Connect the Sea Game - all you need is a set of Connect-4.

Make a Windmill with our simple instructions.

Find out about the fabulous wildlife in Scottish Seas and explore our Marine Protected Areas with Scottish Natural Heritage.

Our Sea, Our Future

Our Sea, Our Future

Our Sea, Our Future

How do we safeguard the future of our seas? If the seas are important to us, we need to make some complex choices.

Find lots of ideas of how to take action and links to other websites in our Sea Change action leaflet

For more arty ideas and inspiration, look no further than our Inspiration Pack. This has been designed for use by schools entering our annual art competition but there is plenty to get children (and adults!) thinking and getting creative too.

Get creative with seafood - there are lots of recipes online and, if you use MSC certified fish, you know you are eating responsibly.

Podcast:

Our podcast series asks a selection of the most knowledgeable people their thoughts on the current situations facing our seas, and what they think the future looks like. Podcasts are released monthly and are available at:

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Spotify

Our final podcast is from Elspeth Macdonald.

Read the Podcast No. 1 Ian Boyd Transcript or listen to the conversation online.

Read the Podcast No. 2 Richard Shelton Transcript or listen to the conversation online.

Read the Podcast No. 3 Rob Kynoch Transcript or listen to the conversation online.

Read the Podcast No. 4 Moya Crawford Transcript or listen to the conversation online.

Read the Podcast No. 5 Elspeth Macdonald Transcript or listen to the conversation online.

Acknowledgements

This exhibition was created with generous advice, information and support from a number of partners (click the link above for full details).

The Scottish Fisheries Museum Trust Ltd
St Ayles, Harbourhead, Anstruther, Fife KY10 3AB
E-mail: enquiries@scotfishmuseum.org
Tel (within UK): 01333 310628
Tel (from outside UK): +44 1333 310628
Charity Number: SC 006185
VAT Reg Number: 270 2790 64
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