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Celebs join call to protect UK seas and wildlife

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While I absolutely applaud the work of The Blue Marine Foundation,  I do have to question the latest publicity shoot involving Helena Bonham Carter.

The mission statement from the foundation states ‘The active and effective protection of 10% of the world’s oceans by 2020, delivered through a network of marine reserves and private sector-led solutions in the sea.’ The foundation is very well supported and I fully hope many more people from all walks of life will join and support them.

Helena article (2)Back to the photo call with Helena. What is that picture trying to say? As Photos are usually the main hook to articles and campaigns I was dismayed to see Helena posing naked with a ‘dead’ 27kg Tuna. Who was this image actually trying to reach? A naked lady and a dead fish? Rather than seeing a very attractive lady in the buff, all I saw was a naked woman hugging a cold dead fish between her legs which after a few seconds of interest actually made me feel slightly concerned that Helena had a good bath afterwards. And what on earth was she saying to it? Must have been very uncomfortable for her, as for the dead Tuna. What message was that portraying? Tuna are incredible fish when alive. Fast, powerful, sleek, a wonder of evolution. Was this really the best use of such a majestic animal?

I can only imagine the people who designed this photo shoot were trying to grab public attention to the main article and thrust of the campaign. Didn’t do it for me. However I implore you to go past the photo and look at the real aims of the foundation and give them your full support: www.bluemarinefoundation.com/frontpage-article/5892/

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Jeff Goodman is the Editor-at-Large for Scubaverse.com with responsibility for conservation and underwater videography. Jeff is an award-winning TV wildlife and underwater cameraman and film maker who lives in Cornwall, UK. With over 10,000 dives to his credit he has dived in many different environments around the world.

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BLUE EARTH – Future Frogmen Podcast Series – The Next Generation of Ocean Stewards: Lauren Brideau

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A series of conservation educational podcasts from Future Frogmen, introduced by Jeff Goodman.

The Next Generation of Ocean Stewards: Lauren Brideau

We have a new host, Dr. Colleen Bielitz, and today we’ll be interviewing a recent college graduate as part of our once-a-month episode that focuses on students: the next generation of conservationists, researchers, and activists.

What are the next generation of ocean stewards doing to protect our Blue Earth? Join us as we find out by speaking to Lauren Brideau, a recent graduate of Southern Connecticut State University. Lauren started as an undeclared major but soon found her calling, now she is part of a research team conserving life below water.  She is a prime example that if you want to defend our oceans and the creatures that depend on the sea to survive, now is the time to become part of the solution.


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.

 

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Jeff chats to… Veronica Cowley, a contestant in the See You at the Sea Festival Film Competition (Watch Video)

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In this exclusive Zoom interview, Jeff Goodman, Scubaverse Editor-at-large, chats to Veronica Cowley, a contestant in the See You at the Sea Festival Film Competition. The See you at the Sea Festival was an online film festival created by young people, for young people.

Veronica’s film – Worse things Happen at Sea – can be seen here:

Sixth and final in a series of six videos about the competition. Watch the first video HERE with Jenn Sandiford – Youth Engagement Officer with the Your Shore Beach Rangers Project and the Cornwall Wildlife Trust – to find out more about the Competition. Each day this week will be sharing one video in which Jeff talks with the young contestants about their films and what inspired them.


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