🐬39 huge stone sculptures have been positioned on the sea floor off the coast of Tuscany. ⛵️What seems like an unusual initiative has brought the bay back to life Thread 👇 telegraph.co.uk/world-news/2…
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💡The idea was that the sculptures would snag the nets of the many illegal trawlers targeting the waters off Talamone, deterring them from poaching 📸credit: Emily Young
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🐟Six years after the start of the project, conservationists and local fishermen say it is working. 📈Populations of fish and crustaceans are recovering after years of decline
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🐬A pod of dolphins has even established itself in the large bay off the town of Talamone, with lobsters also returning after decades of absence
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🗣️British sculptor Emily Young, who contributed two 20-tonne works to the project, said: "It's great, very gratifying. "There are now fish and jellyfish and 15 inch-long anemones. It shows that, if you give the sea a chance, it will recover" 📸credit: Emily Young
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💭The idea of deterring illegal fishing with sculptures was conceived by Paolo Fanciulli, a 60-year-old fisherman described by Ms Young as "a visionary"
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⛏️The carved blocks of stone are not only a way of tackling illegal dredging – they also form an underwater sculpture park. 🤿At a depth of eight metres, they are too far down for most snorkellers but can easily be explored by scuba divers 📸credit: Emily Young
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Just brilliant.
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This needs to be done all around the world 😍
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So beautiful. Thanks Emily Young.
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LOVE it. Now let's expand. I'd love to dive these.
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This is so great!
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