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Dolphinaria Free Europe launched

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Whale and dolphin experts from across the world launched a new initiative at the European Parliament last week to raise awareness about the exploitation of hundreds of captive whales and dolphins in Europe’s 33 captive facilities, located in 15 EU countries.

The Dolphinaria-Free Europe coalition, consisting of 19 NGOs from 11 countries, including Marine Connection are calling upon European citizens, Euro-Parliamentarians and Member State governments to end captive dolphin shows and interactive sessions which, they assert, exploit the animals and compromise their welfare.

Margaux Dodds, Director of Marine Connection, said: “Having worked extensively on the captivity issue worldwide, it is now time to address the issues surrounding captive whales and dolphins in Europe and we are delighted to be part of this important coalition. Dolphins and whales are highly intelligent mammals. To confine them to a small space, remove them of any stimulation which they would easily access in their natural habitat and train them to perform for food reward is quite simply wrong. There is supporting scientific evidence that captivity has both mental and physical effects and that these animals are not suited to a captive environment. It is our hope that one day be able to enjoy a Dolphinaria-Free Europe just as we currently enjoy a dolphinaria free UK.”

The Dolphinaria-Free Europe coalition will be challenging the captive dolphin industry throughout Europe, investigating malpractice, exposing non-compliance, and seeking the closure of captive facilities that only exploit their animals as objects of entertainment in meaningless shows and interactive activities.

For more information, visit www.marineconnection.org.

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Gear Maintenance Episode 4: Backplate and Harness Sponsored by Dive Rite (Watch Video)

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Welcome to Gear Maintenance! In this episode I’m showing you how to bring an old, tattered backplate and harness back to life and giving you tips on how you can look after your scuba diving gear.

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When a scuba diver switches from a jacket BCD to a Backplate, Harness and Wing system, it can be very hard to switch back! We’ve packed this video full of hints and tips covering storage, protection, cleaning and maintenance to help you protect the investment you’ve made in your dive equipment.

Good luck to everyone! D.S.D.O James


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Liquid Sports announce NEW colours of Hollis F1 LT Fin now in stock

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Liquid Sports has announced that the NEW Colours of the Hollis F1 LT fin are now in stock at LS warehouse and ready to ship.

Already available in Grey, the NEW White & Yellow Hollis F1 LT fins have the following features:

• Short blade for easier finning in confined spaces
• Angled strap mounts for comfort & a better transition of power
• Spring heel straps with easy-grip heel tab
• Multiple strap mounting positions for a fine tuned fit
• Vented blade reduces stress while accelerating water over blade
• Generous foot pocket

F1 LT Yellow RRP £139.95 – Product code: 214.2207.xx 

F1 LT White RRP £139.95 – Product code: 214.2211.xx 

For more information visit the Liquid Sports website by clicking here.

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