Oman Aggressor – save £1200 only £1195 (excluding flights)
Fantastic Black Friday offer to dive the hot new region in Oman. The Oman Aggressor is a fantastic 45m liveaboard with a range of stylish cabins all boasting aircon and en-suite bathrooms. For relaxation after your dives you have the choice of the large sundeck, with shade, a jacuzzi and bar, or the spacious saloon area. Enjoy a variety of local Omani and international cuisine from the onboard chef. Package is Boat Only and includes 7 nights in a deluxe stateroom on a full board basis inc. soft drinks and local beer and wine with your evening meal, and up to 25 fully guided dives.
Guest feedback so far has been fantastic. The guests love the boat , crew and food! Plus abundant marine life. Reports of snorkelling with baby whale sharks, spotting humpbacks, swimming with dolphins, and diving with huge shoals of fish!
Carpe Novo – save up to £250 from £1845 (excluding flights)
Carpe Novo was new to the fleet in 2016. Over a luxurious 43m and 3 decks, you will find 12 tastefully finished cabins. No matter which rooms you pick, all have smart TV/HD linked to a media centre with plenty movies on offer, AC, storage space, desk and thoughtfully finished en-suite bathrooms. Wifi operates throughout. Communal areas are spacious and relaxing with everything you need to relax after a days diving.
This holiday includes 7 nights full board, up to 3 guided dives daily, diving the famous dive sites of the Maldives, combining channels, drifts and pinnacles and encountering manta, whale sharks and abundant reef life.
Christmas on Whirlwind – 23rd December save £250 only £1545
How about spending Christmas diving in the Red Sea? Dive the Northern Red Sea and fill your log book with iconic dive sites. The Thistlegorm, Shark and Yolanda and so much more await, with world class wreck dives and breathtaking reef dives every day.
You could spend 7 fantastic nights on a full board basis, with up to 3 dives a day on the lovely Whirlwind. Book this for the amazing price of only £1545 which includes return flights from Gatwick, transfers and fully guided diving.
Hurricane Shark Quest – 9th May 2019 save £300 only £1095
Hurricane stands out in the Egyptian Red Sea – and not just because she is one of the few steel hulled vessels. Many Red Sea liveaboards are compared to Hurricane, but few are as enduringly popular. She has won the prestigious “Liveaboard of the Year” award no less than 5 times (including 2017 & 2018).
Shark Quest dives the Southern Red Sea to its seasonal best. The itinerary is built using the local knowledge of highly experienced dive teams to enjoy up to 3 days at the boat’s selected pelagic hotspot, be that Daedalus or the Brothers, you will be at the site where you have the strongest chance to dive with sharks and rays.
Package includes return flights to Marsa Alam, 7 nights full board, free nitrox, and around 18 fully guided dives.
Scuba Seraya, Bali – Best of Bali With Martyn Guess – 17th August save £150 only £2445
Bali is an amazing and relaxed place and Scuba Seraya is a fantastic and well-run diving resort right on the beach. Martyn Guess will give hands-on instruction through evening group image reviews and underwater instruction for those needing it. Martyn says: “The house reefs – Seraya Secrets and Noisy reef – are probably the best that I have dived with excellent macro subjects to photograph; the first early morning dive on the Liberty wreck is superb wide angle and the reefs at Ahmed blew me away! This trip to Bali has been planned to visit Bali at its seasonal best.”
Package includes return flights, airport transfers, 9 nights on a full board basis (excluding drinks) 10 boat dives plus 5 afternoons unlimited, unguided shore diving, also included is 3 full days diving at Ahmed (wide angle).
Photo FINish Malapascua 13th September 2019 – save £200 only £1695
Join photo pro Mario Vitalini on this Philippines workshop to hone your images of the biggest sharks to the smallest critters at Exotic Resort Malapascua. The diving in Malapascua is most famous for its thresher sharks and the experienced dive team have an impressive reputation for finding the sharks. You can also discover beautiful reef diving on the local sites or take a day trip to one of the picture perfect islands of Gato or Calanggaman. Step ashore and forget your everyday stresses and strains as the friendly staff welcome you to their slice of paradise.
Your holiday includes return flights, transfers, 7 nights full board in a deluxe room, 20 Nitrox boat dives and daily presentations covering all aspects of underwater photography.
BLUE EARTH – Future Frogmen Podcast Series – Deep-Sea Stories From a Shadow Diver: a conversation with Richie Kohler
A series of conservation educational podcasts from Future Frogmen, introduced by Jeff Goodman.
Deep Sea Stories From a Shadow Diver: a conversation with Richie Kohler.
This episode of the Blue Earth Podcast is a conversation with Richie Kohler. He’s an explorer, technical wreck diver, shipwreck historian, filmmaker, and author.
Richie was featured in Robert Kurson’s incredible book “Shadow Divers ”. It’s a thrilling true story about Richie and John Chatterton’s quest to identify the wreck of an unknown WWII German U-boat (submarine), 65 miles off the coast of New Jersey. They dedicated six years of their lives attempting to identify the wreck.
Richie has travelled the world and explored many deep wrecks, including the Andrea Doria, Titanic, and Britannic. He’s the author of “Mystery of The Last Olympian” about the Britannic.
Richard E Hyman Bio
Richard is the Chairman and President of Future Frogmen.
Born from mentoring and love of the ocean, Richard is developing an impactful non-profit organization. His memoir, FROGMEN, details expeditions aboard Jacques-Yves Cousteau’s famed ship Calypso.
Future Frogmen, Inc. is a nonprofit organization and public charity that works to improve ocean health by deepening the connection between people and nature. They foster ocean ambassadors and future leaders to protect the ocean by accomplishing five objectives.
You can find more episodes and information at www.futurefrogmen.org and on most social platforms @futurefrogmen.
New Fisheries Act misses the mark on sustainability, but what now?
The UK’s landmark post-Brexit fisheries legislation has now become law. The Fisheries Act, the first legislation of its kind in nearly 40 years, will shape how the UK’s seas are fished for years to come.
The Marine Conservation Society, which campaigned for amendments to the legislation throughout its development, is disappointed by the removal of key sustainability amendments and by the removal of a commitment to rolling out Remote Electronic Monitoring.
The charity has committed to pushing the UK Government to go further than the framework which the Fisheries Act sets out, with greater ambition for the state of UK seas.
Sandy Luk, Chief Executive of the Marine Conservation Society said: “UK Government and devolved administrations must act urgently to deliver climate and nature smart fisheries under the new Fisheries Act. This is a key condition if our seas are to recover to good health. The UK Government removed key amendments from the legislation while making promises on sustainability and the introduction of remote electronic monitoring. We will continue to hold the government to account over these promises.”
“I’m pleased to see the recognition of the important role fisheries play in our fight against the climate emergency. However, even with a climate change objective in the Act, actions speak louder than words. We must get to work delivering sustainable fisheries management, which will have a huge benefit to our seas, wildlife and the communities which depend upon them.”
The Fisheries Act has become law against a backdrop of the ocean’s declining health. UK waters are currently failing to meet 11 out of 15 indicators of good ocean health and over a third of fish in UK waters are being caught at levels which cannot continue into the future. Whilst the legislation failed to address some of the more pressing issues facing UK seas, including overfishing, there is still an opportunity to affect change in the years which follow.
Sam Stone, Head of Fisheries at the Marine Conservation Society said: “The Fisheries Act marks the start of a new era of fisheries management in the UK, but the next two years will be critical in defining what this looks like. The new Act has some good objectives, but we now need to come together to make sure it really delivers the on-water change that is desperately needed for ocean recovery.
“There is genuine opportunity to create fisheries that deliver for coastal communities and for the environment, but it means moving away from ‘business-as-usual’. The UK and devolved governments now have the powers to move forward with progressive new management in their waters. That means proper incentives for low impact fishing, proper monitoring of catches and proper commitments to sustainable fishing.
“In the short term, the four nations must work together to make impactful changes, starting by addressing the UK’s most at risk fish stocks. Recovery plans are needed for our depleted stocks, including new catch limits, selectivity and avoidance measures, protection of vital habitats and fully documented catches. Rolling out Remote Electronic Monitoring with cameras on larger vessels throughout the UK should be top of the agenda if future policy is to be as well informed as possible.”
For more information about the Fisheries Bill and the Marine Conservation Society’s work, visit the charity’s website.
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