Norvic Philatelics - GB New Stamps and Special Postmarks

Sustainable Fish - 5 June 2014 & -- August 2014

These are stamps that both highlight the beauty of marine fish as well as provide guidance and encouragement to consumers on how to conserve UK fisheries. Many familiar fish are severely threatened due to a variety of factors
including overfishing – this stamp issue highlights this and also provides a sustainable alternative.

With 75% of the world’s fish stocks currently fully-exploited or overexploited this is a key issue of concern. Five of the species illustrated are fish that are threatened in UK waters; while five are species from sustainable populations which provide viable alternatives for fisheries and consumers.

The plight of fisheries has caused increasing public concern in recent years, with organisations like the Marine Conservation Society offering advice to consumers on seafood to purchase, supermarket chains, particularly M&S and Sainsbury’s
actively informing their customers about choices, and the successful TV series Fish Fight presented by Hugh Fearnley-Whittingtsall.  The Fish Fight campaign has attracted more than half a million online supporters to its campaign for sustainable seafood. 

The stamps are issued on World Environment Day.

Set of 10 Sustainable Fish stamps.  
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Issued in two sheets, the Sustainable (row 1) are Herring, Red Gurnard, Dab, Pouting, and Cornish Sardine.  

The Threatened (row 2) are Common Skate, Spiny Dogfish, Wolffish, Sturgeon and Conger Eel.
Sustainable fish retail booklet.
Issue Date - ?? August 2014

The retail booklet of 6 stamps includes the new 1st class red Machin definitive, expected to have source code MCIL, and two 1st class stamps from the Sustainable Fish set, the Common Skate, and the Cornish Sardine.

Technical details:
The 37 x 35 mm square stamps were designed by Kate Stephens, perf 14x14½.  The stamp set is printed by International Security Printers in lithography.   We expect that the booklet will be printed by Walsall Security Printers.  All stamp images © Royal Mail ©2013.

Products issued

Set of 10 stamps, retail booklet    Presentation Pack     Set of 10 stamp cards 

Special first day of issue postmarks will be shown here. These cannot be obtained the date of issue; more may be added. Not to scale.

Official first day postmark for Sustainable fish stamps. Official Fishguard postmark for sustainable fish stamp issue.
Fishguard non-pictorial FD postmark for sustainable fish stamps.
Postmark showing flatfish.
Ref FD1414TH
Official Bureau postmark
Ref FD1414PL
Fishguard official first day of issue postmark
Ref FD1414NP
Fishguard non-pictorial official first day of issue postmark
Ref L13102
Hythe, Kent
Postmark showing gulls flying over shoal of fish.
Postmark showing a fish. 
Postmark showing a fish.

Ref M13103
The Waters Edge, Birmingham
Ref L13104 London SE1
Ref M13015 Ross-on-Wye

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This page updated 9 June 2014 - number corrected for Ross on Wye postmark.

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