Mario’s Shark Quest – Red Sea Hurricane – 22nd November £1355 (including flights)
Dive the Southern Red Sea according to its seasonal best, with a quest to see sharks and rays. Dive fewer sites for longer with the most experienced team who will judge where the best pelagic action is at the time of travel. Photo Pro Mario Vitalini will be on board, alongside Mike’s Camera Kit Expert to share tips and offer advice on underwater photography equipment and techniques
Your seven days will be on a full board basis, aboard the ever popular Hurricane. At 36m there is bags of space and no detail was overlooked when she was built. There are plenty of places to relax after a day’s diving including sun loungers and a jacuzzi on the upper deck, and an airconditioned saloon with bar and TV. This package also includes direct flights to Marsa Alam, transfers to the boat, fully guided diving and Free Nitrox.
Red Sea Aggressor II – Save £900 this December from £945 (excluding flights)
Dive the incredible Northern Red Sea with up to five dives per day; fill your log book with iconic dives sites, diving world class wrecks and breathtaking reefs every day. The stable Red Sea Aggressor is a spacious liveaboard which is built and powered for safety, comfort and stability. This luxurious boat has everything you will need after your day’s diving including a large sun deck, jacuzzi, bar, plentiful and varied menu and a photo / video centre.
This price does not include international flights but covers seven nights on a full board basis including tea / coffee and a glass of wine / beer with your evening meal, and up to five fully guided dives per day.
Emperor Serenity, Maldives – 25th November only £1550 (excluding flights)
Get away before Christmas on this sleek contemporary liveaboard where fine accommodation and excellent service are standard. Get all the thrills of big fish in the Maldives with the Best of the Maldives Itinerary, diving the classic sites that make the Maldives so famous. This trip will focus on the hottest sites around Male and Ari Atolls where there are pelagics a plenty and your sightings could include mantas, sharks, and even whalesharks.
This boat only price includes return transfer from Male airport, seven nights full board, up to 17 fully guided dives and FOC nitrox.
Moreen Beach Hotel – 24th October – Last 2 Spaces only £1145 (including flights)
Last two spaces at this welcoming hotel right on the sea front and with Orca Dive Club on site. This superb value all inclusive resort overlooks 800m of white sandy beach built on wide lush gardens. The family friendly resort has fantastic on-site facilities including a house reef, and access to the varied dive sites around Marsa Alam with the expert team at Orca.
For pre and post diving activities there is plenty to choose from at this Hotel, including four fabulous swimming pools, a variety of restaurants, comprehensive list of treatments at the Spa and a private beach.
Package includes return flights to Marsa Alam, transfers, seven nights on an all inclusive basis and five dives.
Martyn Guess Photography Workshop, Bali – 24th October only £2295 – 9 nights (including flights)
LAST MINUTE BARGAIN!! Drop everything and head to Bali! Last room in the resort available for Martyn Guess Scuba Travel Photography Workshop – £2295 inc flights and nine nights departing 24th October. Macro mecca off the beach – this place is heaven!!
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, nine nights on a full board basis (excluding drinks) 10 boat dives plus five afternoons unlimited, unguided shore diving, Plus three full days diving at Ahmed (wide angle).
Bahamas Aggressor – 27th October save £700 only £1545 (excluding flights)
Want to discover the Caribbean this autumn? It’s time to go exploring on the stable and welcoming Bahamas Aggressor. Warm, turquoise, crystal clear waters and drop-offs close to shore make these islands a diving dream. Mysterious blue holes and caverns, shipwrecks and vibrant living reefs, soaring wall dives and thrilling shark encounters all await both novice and experienced divers.
With just 14 guests, this comfortable boat features a roomy, air-conditioned salon and dining area, sundeck with a hot tub and a photo centre. The food on board is varied and plentiful, and evening meals are freshly prepared by the chef.
Holiday excludes International flights to Nassau; includes quad cabin only, full board including soft drinks and local alcoholic drinks, and up to 27 expertly guided dives.
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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