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Dr Sylvia Earle raises “largest dive flag in the universe”

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On Friday 11th December 2015 Dr Sylvia Earle arrived at the Cozumel Scubafest event and one of her first official duties was to raise a huge dive flag, thought to be the largest in the world, at a ceremony on the island of Cozumel. A large crowd turned up at the Plaza Civica, Puerto de Abrigo to watch as the giant red & white flag was unfurled and then raised up into the blue sky. Measuring over 5m in length, the Cozumel Scubafest organisers believe it to be the largest ever raised and so Dr. Earle re-named it the “largest dive flag in the universe.” Along with Sylvia Earle, Jean-Michel Cousteau and several local dignitaries were on hand to assist with proceedings.

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Dr. Sylvia Earle is a renowned marine biologist, and is now an ocean ambassador, who travels the world to try to spread the message that the oceans need our help; and they need it now! During the Cozumel Scubafest event, she spoke about the need to make better food choices and called on divers to spread the word that we cannot keep consuming fish if we want our oceans to recover and survive.

es_NSC3861Jean-Michel Cousteau is a long standing friend of the island, and people, of Cozumel. He and his father (Jacques Cousteau) were smitten with the reef system that surrounds this island, along with the abundant wildlife that this reef supports, and he now attends the Scubafest event each year. Divers from around the world who came to the 2015 Cozumel Scubafest dived the Scubafest Jean-Michel Cousteau Route, which are the hand-picked 9 favourite reefs of the Cousteau family, as part of their dive package. As well as the great diving, those attending the 4 day event were treated to talks on a range of topics each evening, show stands, nightly social events and a gala dinner. The topics covered marine research, cave exploration, dive medicine and other diving subjects.

The enormous dive flag that now flies in the Cozumel sky is a symbol of the commitment of the people of Cozumel to protect the reef around this beautiful island for divers now and for all the generations of divers to come. It is a stunning symbol that flies high for all to see.

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Nick and Caroline (Frogfish Photography) are a married couple of conservation driven underwater photo-journalists and authors. Both have honours degrees from Manchester University, in Environmental Biology and Biology respectively, with Nick being a Fellow of the Royal Photographic Society, a former high school science teacher with a DipEd in Teaching Studies. Caroline has an MSc in Animal Behaviour specializing in Caribbean Ecology. They are multiple award-winning photographers and along with 4 published books, feature regularly in the diving, wildlife and international press They are the Underwater Photography and Deputy Editors at Scubaverse and Dive Travel Adventures. Winners of the Caribbean Tourism Organization Photo-journalist of the Year for a feature on Shark Diving in The Bahamas, and they have been placed in every year they have entered. Nick and Caroline regularly use their free time to visit schools, both in the UK and on their travels, to discuss the important issues of marine conservation, sharks and plastic pollution. They are ambassadors for Sharks4Kids and founders of SeaStraw. They are Dive Ambassadors for The Islands of The Bahamas and are supported by Mares, Paralenz, Nauticam and Olympus. To find out more visit www.frogfishphotography.com

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Jeff chats to… Veronica Cowley, a contestant in the See You at the Sea Festival Film Competition (Watch Video)

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In this exclusive Zoom interview, Jeff Goodman, Scubaverse Editor-at-large, chats to Veronica Cowley, a contestant in the See You at the Sea Festival Film Competition. The See you at the Sea Festival was an online film festival created by young people, for young people.

Veronica’s film – Worse things Happen at Sea – can be seen here:

Sixth and final in a series of six videos about the competition. Watch the first video HERE with Jenn Sandiford – Youth Engagement Officer with the Your Shore Beach Rangers Project and the Cornwall Wildlife Trust – to find out more about the Competition. Each day this week will be sharing one video in which Jeff talks with the young contestants about their films and what inspired them.


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Peli proud to support COVID-19 vaccine distribution

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We know Peli from its popular camera cases, but from discovery to distribution, Peli’s temperature-controlled packaging is now delivering COVID-19 vaccines all over Europe and the Middle East

With the pandemic recovery just underway, COVID-19 vaccines and therapies are rapidly becoming available for use and they must be safely distributed worldwide, within their required temperature range. Peli’s BioThermal™ division is providing temperature-controlled packaging to meet this critical moment, protecting these crucial payloads.

Peli’s innovative cold chain packaging has been trusted for nearly 20 years by pharmaceutical manufacturers to safely ship their life-saving products around the world. To meet the current challenge, they have adapted their existing products to provide deep frozen temperatures when required for the newly developed life sciences materials. Current and new offerings will ensure the cold chain is maintained throughout the vaccine or therapy’s journey, maximising efficacy and patient health.

“We know that pharmaceutical companies are in all phases of the development process for vaccines and therapeutics and working tirelessly to bring safe and effective drug products to market quickly,” said Greg Wheatley, Vice President of Worldwide New Product Development and Engineering at Peli BioThermal. “Our engineering team matched this urgency to ensure they have the correct temperature-controlled packaging to meet them where they’re at in drug development for the pandemic recovery, from discovery to distribution.”

Peli BioThermal’s deep frozen products use phase change material (PCM) and dry ice systems to provide frozen payload protection with durations from 72 hours to 144+ hours. Payload capacities range from 1 to 96 litres for parcel shippers and 140 to 1,686 litres for pallet shippers.

New deep-frozen solutions are ideal for short-term vaccine storage, redirect courier transport of vaccines from freezer farm hubs to immunisation locations and daily vaccine replenishment to remote and rural areas.

Peli BioThermal temperature-controlled packaging is currently being used to distribute COVID-19 vaccines and therapeutics, either directly or through global transportation providers, in Denmark, France, Italy, Germany, Spain, Sweden, and the UK as well as in Kuwait and Saudi Arabia in the Middle East, with more countries set to join the list as the pandemic recovery process rolls out.

To learn more about the wide range of deep frozen Peli BioThermal shippers, visit Peli.com and PeliBioThermal.com for more information.

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