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Education is strong focus of the latest Sea-Changers grant awards



A range of innovative and diverse educational projects have been awarded grants in the latest round of Sea-Changers grants. The projects are designed to raise awareness of major conservation issues, provide education around solutions and inspire public engagement and involvement. Sea-Changers awarded a total of £6,200 spread over 8 projects which also included research and species protection initiatives.

The 2020 grant money comes from scuba divers, sailors and cruise-goers and from Sea-Changers’ marine business partners including Mike’s Dive Store, Port and Lemon and 10 International, who have raised funds through sales of their environmentally-conscious ‘Sea Change’ wine range.

Since its inception in 2011, Sea-Changers has awarded over 180 marine conservation grants to projects across the UK, channelling over £120,000 in funding towards the protection of the country’s coasts and seas.

In the autumn 2020 grants round, four of the projects funded have a strong education focus. Funding will contribute towards the Marine Conservation Society’s ‘Cool Seas’ Education programme in Scotland. The Scottish Seabird Centre will also receive a grant towards their digital ‘Meet the Scientist’ events, which provide the opportunity for audiences to hear first-hand from, and interact with, experts in the field of cutting-edge marine science research and conservation. Earlier in 2020 Sea-Changers supported the Seahorse Trust in their development of an online Seahorse Biology, Ecology and Conservation Course and we were able to provide further funding in this grant round to fully fund 10 “Sea-Changer Learner awards” to increase the accessibility and inclusivity of this learning opportunity. The final education-based project is SeaStraw. This Manchester based project aims to provide a range of educational approaches to the city dwellers of Manchester about their connection to the ocean.

Other projects funded include:

  • A grant to Blue Seas Protection marine conservation group which will allow them to purchase a beach hut to use as a marine conservation centre to raise public awareness about marine conservation issues within the marine conservation zone of the Isle of Wight Biosphere.
  • Funding to Manx Wildlife Trust for a project designed to trial the establishment of a new seagrass bed in an historic site in the Isle of Man.
  • An award for the Stable Isotope Biogeochemistry Laboratory (SIBL) which will fund a field-based nitrogen isotope (d 15N) study of coastal macroalgae (seaweed) along the north east coast of England from the River Tyne to the River Tees: the Durham Heritage Coast.

 To find out more about Sea-Changers visit their website by clicking here.

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

Marine Life & Conservation

The BiG Scuba Podcast… with Julianne Zielfle



Ian and Gemma chat about what they have been up to and we hear from a caller on The BiG Scuba Bat Phone. Our guest is Julianne Zielfle. Julianne became a certified diver in 1985 and she is an award-winning speaker, photographer and media professional. She first appeared in dive magazines in the late 1980s when she met Stephen Frink. She worked on Cousteau’s Campaign on Rights of Future Generations in 1994. She co-chaired the Hans Hass Film Festival and was co-creator of the Dive Industry Awards Gala in 2000. She has been helping schools in the South Pacific since 1992 and teaches in her local school district. In 1999, she was recognized by D.A.N. with the Outstanding Volunteer of the Year Award.

You can follow Julianne Zielfle on Facebook here.

Find more podcast episodes and information at and on most social platforms @thebigscuba 

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Jeff chats to… Marine Biologist and Underwater Videographer Jake Davies (Watch Video)



In this exclusive Zoom interview, Jeff Goodman, Scubaverse Editor-at-Large, chats to Jake Davies, Marine Biologist, HSE Professional scuba diver, underwater videographer (using videos and 360 clips for VR) and CAA licensed drone pilot. 

Jake grew up on Pen Llŷn, North Wales and coming from a maritime family meant that from a young age the underwater world and marine life have played a major role in his life. His interest in marine life and the sea led to him studying Marine Biology at Bangor University where he was successful in obtaining a year in industry with the Intertidal & Coastal team at Natural Resources Wales.

In 2017 Jake was successfully awarded a Sea-Changers Grant to run ‘Dive Into Monitoring: Seagrass’ surveys with SeaSearch North Wales. The surveys aimed to gather updated information on the Seagrass bed in Porthdinllaen with volunteer divers and local dive clubs.

As a media diver, Jake has worked as part of the dive team (Marine Ecosol) filming for BBC Wales Hidden Wales with Will Millard (Lazerbeam Productions & Folk Films).

Footage which Jake has filmed off the Welsh Coast, as well as the Canary Islands, has been featured for a variety of BBC programmes including an episode of Countryfile where he was interviewed about the Seagrass in Porthdinllaen, Wales along with the rest of the Project Seagrass team. He is also a blogger and contributor to Scubaverse @JDScuba, and a co-director of Under Water Wales @dandwrcymru.

As well as being a HSE Scuba Diver Jake is also employed as the Project Coordinator for Angel Shark Project: Wales. He is also a Project Leader on a Save Our Seas Foundation Project.

Through sharing underwater videos and photos of amazing and unique wildlife/habitats that are found beneath the waves along the Welsh Coast as well as abroad Jake hopes to inspire people to go beneath the waves and making the underwater world more accessible for all.

Find out more about Jake and his 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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