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Environment Minister joins volunteers for the Great British Beach Clean at Aldeburgh

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The UK’s leading marine charity, the Marine Conservation Society (MCS), was joined by the Environment Minister Thérèse Coffey at Aldeburgh beach on Saturday when she took part in the charity’s Great British Beach Clean.

MCS says it was delighted to welcome the Suffolk Coastal MP to Aldeburgh – the Minister is no stranger to beach cleans as she does one somewhere in her constituency every year.

Speaking at the clean-up, Environment Minister Thérèse Coffey said:

“We all have a role to play in tackling litter that blights our beaches and threatens our oceans, and it’s fantastic to see organisations like the Marine Conservation Society bringing communities together for such a great cause. We’re making great strides – our 5p carrier bag charge has taken nine billion plastic bags out of circulation and our microbeads ban will help to prevent wildlife from ingesting harmful plastic. I’m committed to doing all I can to protect our precious oceans from plastic pollution.”

Dr Chris Tuckett, MCS Director of Programmes joined the Minister at the beach:

“We’re delighted to welcome the Minister along to this survey and clean-up, as we need to keep the issue of marine litter at the forefront of Defra’s thinking. Dr Coffey has been a Defra minister during development of the recent legislation to ban microbeads and with Scotland giving the go ahead to a Deposit Return Scheme just a few weeks ago, Westminster must now seriously consider introducing the same. Dr Coffey is no stranger to the problems our beaches are facing and it’s great that she’s getting stuck in and seeing the problems first hand.”  

Last year at Southwold beach, Dr Coffey was among a group of volunteers who found lots of wet wipes, and a rabbit warren which was blocked with a build-up of rubbish which she helped dig out.

This year, the Great British Beach Clean in England is sponsored by Waitrose who are supporting MCS’ year round beach clean programme. MCS beach litter projects are also supported by players of People’s Postcode Lottery.

For more information please visit www.mcsuk.org.

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WIN a Bigblue AL-1200NP Dive Torch!!!

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For this week’s competition, we’ve teamed up with our good friends at Liquid Sports to give away a Bigblue AL-1200NP Dive Torch!

This torch delivers 1200 lumens of light powered by an ion rechargeable battery. There are 4 levels of brightness with burn times between 2-20 hours. Battery charge level is indicated via coloured lights around the on/off button. The beam angle is 10°. The anodised aluminium alloy housing sealed by double ‘O’ rings with a max operating depth of 100m. SRP £125.00 which includes torch, charging cradle and battery.

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 Scubaverse.com (which you can read here), we reported via the Marine Conservation Society that the UK’s landmark post-Brexit fisheries legislation has now become law. The Fisheries Act is the first legislation of its kind in nearly how many years?

Is it:

  • A) 60
  • B) 50
  • C) 40

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

Liquid Sports Bigblue AL-1200NP Dive Torch November 2020

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Northern Diver Christmas Sale starts TODAY!

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This year Northern Diver’s Christmas offers are starting on Black Friday and running until midnight on New Year’s Eve! 

There are some great deals to be had across the site – www.ndiver.com – from discounted Drysuits and Coltri compressors to 15% off their entire Lighting Section!

And if you can’t find the perfect present for the diver in your life, they have a choice of Gift Cards on offer. They are even giving you £25 extra when you purchase a £100 voucher!

The offers don’t stop there – there is FREE shipping on all orders over £100 and even a FREE gift with every online purchase.

Every purchase will get you entered into a great prize draw to win one of their new Electracore 3.0mm Rechargeable Heated Vests!

And should you find that you need to return any of your purchases, Northern Diver understand that Christmas may be a little different for everyone this year and you may not get to see every one over Christmas, so they have extended their Returns Period to the end of January 2021. (Valid for purchases made from Black Friday to end of December 2020).

Some unmissable offers to look out for are the Varilux Zoom, part of the Varilux Black & Gold Range, with its variable beam width; and Northern Diver’s 4mm compressed Neoprene Drysuit, the Voyager, which is on offer for an incredible £475!

For more information visit the Northern Diver website by clicking here.

Photo credit: Joe Duffy

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