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Devon fish and chip shop batters the competition for a sustainable fish supper



Leading marine charities applaud Plymouth business as it scoops another seafood award

Plymouth fish and chip shop, Kingfisher Fish and Chips, has won the Good Catch Award at this year’s national Fish and Chip shop of the Year Awards. It is the latest award for Kingfisher, hailed last year as “the best fish and chip shop in the world for sustainable fish.”

It’s doubly good news for the Devon city, with fellow Plymouth chippy and newcomers to the award, Harbourside Fish and Chips, being named runners up, along with Olley’s Fish Experience, from Herne Hill, London, who were also runners up in 2014.

The Good Catch Award is sponsored by the UK’s leading marine charities, The Marine Conservation Society (MCS) and the Marine Stewardship Council (MSC). The award aims to encourage sustainable sourcing in the fish and chip shop industry and helps diners to eat fish from sustainable sources.

The Good Catch Award rewards fish and chip shops that have made a conscious effort to change the way in which they responsibly source and promote their fish and in doing so, help protect the industry for the future.

MCS Fisheries Officer, Samuel Stone, who was on the Good Catch judging panel along with the Marine Stewardship Council (MSC), says what Kingfisher have managed to achieve on both a local and global stage is the future of fish and chips: “Kingfisher are selling 13 MSC certified fish species and 14 that are green rated on the MCS Fish to Eat list. This shows a massive commitment to sustainability and traceability. Kingfisher are also working hard on promoting the importance of sustainability through a very informative website, social media, instore promotion and local community engagement.”

Presenting the award, George Clark, from the Marine Stewardship Council explained, ““This year’s entries have proven once again how progressive the fish and chip industry is when it comes to good sourcing practices. The very best in the UK have shown that the sky’s the limit when it comes to giving their customers fully traceable and sustainable fish suppers. A huge congratulations to Kingfisher for leading the pack!”


WIN a Bigblue Expandable Tray!!!



For this week’s competition, we’ve teamed up with our good friends at Liquid Sports to give away a Bigblue Expandable Tray as a prize!!!

The Bigblue expandable tray (176mm-287mm) has fittings and screws to attach action and compact cameras. The base and handles are made from high grade aluminium with the handles having a neoprene grip. The package also includes clamps and adaptors for 1” ball and YS light fittings.

To be in with a chance of winning this awesome prize, all you have to do is answer the following question:

In a recent post on (which you can read here), we reported that the Handicapped Scuba Association South Africa has announced plans to host their 6th Annual fundraising event “HSASA 50hr Dive–A-Thon 2021” this year. But on what dates will the event take place?

Is it:

  • A) 15th – 17th October
  • B) 22nd – 24th October
  • C) 29th – 31st October

Answer, A, B or C to the question above:

Liquid Sports Bigblue Extendable Tray March 2021

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Jeff chats to… Jim Elliott and Tinamarie Hernandez of Diveheart (Watch Video)



In this exclusive Zoom interview, Jeff Goodman, Scubaverse Editor-at-Large, chats to Jim Elliott, Founder and President of Diveheart, and Tinamarie Hernandez who is the organization’s Executive Director.

Diveheart is a US-based, nonprofit tax-exempt 501(c)(3) organization which aims to provide and support educational scuba diving programs that are open to any child, adult or veteran with a disability, with the hope of providing both physical and psychological therapeutic value to that person.

In their own words:

We’ve discovered the forgiving, weightless wonder of the water column provides the perfect gravity-free environment for those who might otherwise struggle on land. Underwater, we’re all equal.

Diveheart works with individuals who have a variety of disabilities, including physical and developmental disabilities, vision and hearing impairments, amputations, traumatic brain injuries, Post Traumatic Stress Disorder and more. Diveheart seeks to help its participants “Imagine the Possibilities” in their lives.


Find out more about Diveheart and their valuable work at

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

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Explore the amazing triangle of Red Sea Reefs - The Brothers, Daedalus and Elphinstone on board the brand new liveaboard Big Blue.  With an option to add on a week at Roots Red Sea before or after. 

Strong currents and deep blue water are the catalysts that bring the pelagic species flocking to these reefs. The reefs themselves provide exquisite homes for a multitude of marine life.  The wafting soft corals are adorned with thousands of colourful fish. The gorgonian fans and hard corals provide magnificent back drops, all being patrolled by the reef’s predatory species.

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This trip will be hosted by The Scuba Place.  Come Dive with Us!

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