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Charity’s lobbying plea for MPs to attend debate on shark fin trade ban



Finspire Change UK Campaign

Shark Guardian has been leading the campaign, Finspire Change UK, since May 2020. The campaign successfully raised over 115,000 signatures from UK residents on a petition to ask for the closure of an import allowance that allows anyone entering the UK to bring in 20kg of shark fin.

The petition officially closed on September 11th and is eligible for debate in Parliament. The debate date has not yet been published but Shark Guardian expect it to be announced in early 2021.

The charity is now calling for UK citizens, to keep the pressure on the Members of Parliament (MP’s).

MP’s do not have to attend debates, but they do have a duty to represent the interests and concerns of their constituents. Therefore, if they understand that voters within their regions are passionate about this issue – they have a duty to attend and support. Shark Guardian are now urging all UK residents who oppose the shark fin trade to contact their MP and ask them to attend the debate.

There are three ways that people can do this:

  1. Email – visit to find your MP’s email, read hints and tips on writing your email along with important points to include.
  2. Tweet – visit and scroll down to “Tweet my MP” to find a table showing a list of MP’s, whether or not they have expressed their support of the ban, and an option to send them an automated tweet with one click.
  3. Postcard – Shark Guardian have designed and printed eye-catching postcards that will certainly get noticed at your MP’s postal address. Hand them out to your friends and family and ask them to send them to their MP’s. Visit to print your own or purchase the professionally printed cards.

For more information on specific MP’s, Shark Guardian will be sharing MP fact files on their social media the next few months.

To find out more about Shark Guardian and the Finspire Change UK Campaign, visit their website by clicking here.

Marine Life & Conservation

The BiG Scuba Podcast… with Paul Rose



Next in a new series of podcasts shared by our friends Gemma and Ian aka The BiG Scuba Podcast…

Ian and Gemma chat to Paul Rose. A man at the front line of exploration and one of the world’s most experienced divers, field science and polar experts, Paul Rose helps scientists unlock and communicate global mysteries in the most remote and challenging regions of the planet.

He is an experienced television presenter and radio broadcaster. With a proven track record in business engagements, Paul is a sought-after speaker, chairman, host and moderator for industry, government and NGO events.

Former Vice President of the Royal Geographical Society(link is external) and Chair of the Expeditions and Fieldwork Division, Paul is currently Expedition Leader for the National Geographic Pristine Seas Expeditions.

He was the Base Commander of Rothera Research Station, Antarctica, for the British Antarctic Survey for 10 years and was awarded HM The Queen’s Polar Medal. For his work with NASA and the Mars Lander project on Mt Erebus, Antarctica, he received the US Polar Medal.

Paul is a mountain and polar guide leading Greenland Icecap crossing and mountaineering expeditions and polar science support logistics. He worked for four years as a Mountain Safety consultant to the oil industry in the Middle East.

On his 2012 Greenland expedition, Paul led the first expedition to successfully traverse a new 275km icecap route of Knud Rasmussen Land and repeated his first ascent of the north face of Gunnsbjørnfjeld, the highest mountain in the Arctic.

His professional diving work includes science support diving in Antarctica as the British Antarctic Survey’s Institute Diving Officer. He ran the US Navy diver training programme at Great Lakes Naval Training Centre and trained many emergency response dive teams including the Police, Fire Department and Underwater Recovery Teams. He remains a current and active PADI Dive Instructor.

Find out more about Paul Rose at

Find more podcast episodes and information at and on most social platforms @thebigscuba 

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Marine Life & Conservation

Jeff chats to… TV Presenter Andy Torbet – Part 2: Andy talks about Marine Conservation (Watch Video)



In this exclusive two-part Zoom interview, Jeff Goodman, Scubaverse Editor-at-large, chats to Andy Torbet. In part two, Andy and Jeff talk about Marine Conservation.

Missed Part one? Watch it HERE.

Andy is an Underwater Explorer, Cave Diver, Freediver, Skydiver, Climber and Outdoorsman. He is also a TV Presenter on award-winning series for BBC, CBBC, Discovery, History Channel and Fully Charged Show’s Youtube Channel. Andy is a Fellow of the Royal Geographical Society and The Explorers Club, and is also a Stunt Performer for TV and Films.

Rather listen to a podcast? Listen to the audio HERE on the new Scubaverse podcast channel at Anchor FM.

For more information, visit

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