In collaboration with our partners Beach Buddies and Isle Listen

Entries closed on 15 April 2021

Fill a Fish for web

Project overview

We launched this project, in collaboration with our partners Beach Buddies and Isle Listen, in support of the global causes of climate change and mental wellbeing.

The project will see the construction of five unique fish-shaped beach clean sculptures that will live permanently in close proximity to carefully selected beaches around the Isle of Man. Each sculpture will be designed by a student from a primary school that is local to the beach, then brought to life by local artists Darren and Steph Quayle Jackson from The Farmyard Studio.

Subsidised generously by staff fundraising efforts, we envisage that this project will serve as a blueprint for a group-wide initiative that will later be rolled out across each of our six other global jurisdictions as we further empower responsible ambition amongst our workforce.


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Project aims

We hope that the sculptures will actively encourage community participation and as a result we will see:

more recycling

Over 300 million tonnes of plastic are produced each year and 50% of it is destined for single-use.

Our Fill A Fish beach clean sculptures will act as receptacles that encourage people to dispose of their single-use plastic waste in a responsible and sustainable way.

a reduction in plastic waste

Over 8 million tons of plastic end up in our oceans every year.

Plastic pollution affects the safety of the food we eat and as a result our health, as well as contributing significantly to climate change.

Marine species often ingest or become entangled by plastic which causes injury and often death.

We believe that our fish sculptures are the only marine life that should be eating plastic.

Clean Beaches

We are very lucky to have so many fantastic beaches on the Isle of Man.

Whether you are walking the dog, enjoying a romantic picnic or taking the kids for a paddle, we hope our sculptures encourage you to both dispose of your own plastic waste responsibly and pick up and dispose of any additional plastic you may find.

We want our community to be able to enjoy these wonderful natural resources for years to come.

Increased physical activity

Physical activity can have significant benefits on the mental wellbeing of people of all ages.

We hope that members of our community are encouraged to get out and about to feed our sculptures, taking in some gentle exercise at the same time.

Improved wellbeing and contentment

Getting involved with community projects that make a difference almost always makes us feel better about ourselves.

By helping to keep our beaches clean, we hope you feel an increase in wellbeing and contentment.

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Read more about our design competition

We invited all of the Island's primary schools to take part in a competition to design our five Fill A Fish sculptures. The winning designs will then be brought to life by The Farmyard Studio before living permanently on a beach that is local to your school.

We engaged with our local primary schools through joining assemblies, and Isle Listen hosted Get Creative sessions to help children work through the design process.

Entries for this competition closed on 15 April 2021.

For further information, please download our competition pack below.

Download our competition pack
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Our partners and artists

Beach Buddies

Beach Buddies was founded in October 2006 when two people were walking on Kirk Michael beach with their dogs. Until then no one had any idea of the scale of the environmental problem facing our Island.

Within a few weeks they had collected hundreds of bags of rubbish, some of the materials dating back as far as 30 years.

After operating on a very small scale for several years, Beach Buddies have recruited over 8,000 volunteers to help keep our beaches clean and free from plastic.

Isle Listen

Isle Listen is an early intervention and positive mental health charitable initiative that provides support and training in schools, the workplace and community, helping people to recognise that mental health is just as important as physical health.

Their aim is for everybody in the Isle of Man to feel emotionally empowered and effectively supported with their mental health.

The Farmyard Studio

Darren and Steph from The Farmyard Studio exhibit internationally in Japan & London using Ice and Clay, metal, bronze & natural materials.

They are also the makers of the original Basking Shark, The Giant Manannan Mac Lir and Loaghtan Sheep sculptures, the Wild Life Park Elk, Southern Show Centenary Bull and When I grow up RNLI Bronze.

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