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Deposit returns to be a reality for Scotland

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Plans for a new deposit return system to help boost recycling and tackle ocean plastics and other litter were confirmed in a speech by Scotland’s First Minister Nicola Sturgeon this week.

The Marine Conservation Society (MCS) has welcomed this news, having for many decades demonstrated the problem of plastics and other materials in our seas, and calling for deposit return systems to help reduce them.

Calum Duncan, Head of Conservation Scotland for the Marine Conservation Society says:

“We welcome the 2017-18 Programme for Government set out by the First Minister, which includes important commitments with real potential to help clean up our seas and beaches. As founding partners of the Have You Got The Bottle campaign, we are particularly delighted with the commitment to introduce a deposit return system for drinks containers, and also the finances promised to help coastal communities tackle the blight of coastal litter. I would like to thank all of our dedicated beach-clean volunteers who have gathered the evidence over many years to help us reach this exciting point.”

“As custodian of vast swathes of Europe’s deepwater environment, we also applaud the vision to evaluate a national deep sea marine reserve for Scotland and, for our pressurised inshore seas, to improve protection for priority marine features across their range. As we are just beginning to learn about the value of coastal and seabed habitats for locking up carbon, we welcome the proposed research programme for blue carbon. We also look forward to helping ensure a network of Marine Protected Areas is complete and well-managed, and to constructive engagement to ensure an ecosystem-based management footing for important industries such as aquaculture and fisheries so they are future-proofed.”

“These will build on the strides taken by the Scottish Government in marine conservation in recent years.”

Find out more about the work of the Marine Conservation Society at www.mcsuk.org.

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Mares & SSI launch new promotion

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SSI expands financial support to SSI Members worldwide. 

2020 has been an unusual and challenging year for the entire world, especially the diving and travel industry!  To weather the crisis, SSI immediately jumped into action to help Training Centers and Professionals around the world.  

In response to COVID-19, SSI launched the No Water, No Problem Campaign, put Final Exams online, and held hundreds of Webinars to train Professionals on how to use distance learning to teach the dry Specialties online. The FREE SCIENCE OF DIVING promotion resulted in SSI Training Centers worldwide register over 50,000 FREE DIGITAL KITS, funding more than $3.5 MILLION IN RETAIL VALUE. Additionally, SSI introduced an aggressive DOUBLE PRO REWARDS incentive to help SSI Professionals compensate 2020 Renewal Fees and reduce those for 2021. Currently, the WE WANT YOU Crossover promotion aims to fill the industry need for instructors and strengthen the entire SSI Professional community.

Now, in conjunction with Mares, SSI is launching the GO DIVING – PROTECT YOURSELF. OWN EQUIPMENT Promotion, which includes a FREE SSI EQUIPMENT TECHNIQUES DIGITAL KIT. This new campaign strives to motivate divers worldwide to go diving and buy equipment. Look for more information on this next retail support campaign within the next few days.

“These are just a few examples of how we have supported and are continuing to support our Training Centers, Professionals, and divers worldwide. To provide even more economic security and help in business recovery, WE WILL NOT INCREASE PRICES FOR 2021. While travel was restricted and some key resort areas completely locked down, SSI mainly focused on supporting domestic markets with retail-driven incentives. Now, in this next re-opening phase, we need to shift gear and assist resort markets that have no local diving community and are 100% dependent on the traveling diver. Therefore, SSI will grant certain special conditions and delayed payment options to specific resort markets which have been locked down for longer than six months or suffered from closed borders,” stated Guido Waetzig, SSI CEO.

Guido Waetzig, SSI CEO, explains further, “To financially support these needed investments which directly benefit SSI Members and to protect the health of our valuable members and staff, we will forego all 2021 Trade Shows over the next 12 months. Despite international uncertainty, every time we experience one of these events, the entire SSI Network emerges stronger and more resilient. Be assured, SSI is your trustful partner within the Diving Industry!”

For more information about SSI visit their website by clicking here.

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Photo Gallery: Shark Diving in The Bahamas

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In our Gallery feature, we let the photos tell the story… Each Gallery showcases a selection of outstanding images on a chosen theme, taken by our Underwater Photography Editor Nick and Deputy Editor Caroline of Frogfish Photography. This time they look at Shark Diving in The Bahamas.


The Bahamas offers some of the very finest shark diving experiences in the world. The islands have protected sharks in their waters creating one of the first Shark Sanctuaries in the world. Several species of shark can be seen and photographed, with each island offering a different type of shark diving, making this destination the perfect place for a multi-island, multi-shark trip of a lifetime.

Great Hammerhead Shark diving in Bimini

Bull Sharks in Bimini

Tiger Shark off Grand Bahama

Oceanic Whitetip Shark off Cat Island

Nurse Shark off Abaco

Caribbean Reef Sharks off New Providence

Lemon Sharks off Grand Bahama

For more images from The Bahamas and around the world, visit the Frogfish Photography website by clicking here.

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