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Fall in love with the Super-Dads of the Sea

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Worthing’s amazing underwater world revealed this Valentine’s Day 

Each spring thousands of Super-Dads migrate across the sea to Worthing in one of nature’s most spectacular events – the trouble is, almost no one knows about it. Welcome to Worthing’s underwater nursery run by a fatherly fish – the black sea bream!

All this will change on Valentine’s Day, with the launch of a brand new interactive, public exhibition ‘Worthing’s Super-Dads of the Sea’ and website Kingmere Marine Conservation Zone. They tell the story of the spectacular black bream breeding migration to the Kingmere reef, just off Worthing, as well as all the other amazing marine wildlife that lives there, and the local people who use and love the reef.

‘Worthing’s Super Dads of the Sea’ will immerse you in stunning images and film of the black bream dads, who build nests and guard the eggs, as well as Kingmere’s fragile chalk reefs, sharks, lobsters, crabs, Ross corals, multi-coloured sea slugs and a whole host of amazing marine life that live right on Worthing’s doorstep – a reef so colourful, you won’t believe it’s in Sussex!


‘Worthing’s Super Dads of the Sea’ exhibition will be launched on February 12th at Worthing’s Colonnade House, and the Kingmere Marine Conservation Zone website will be launched on valentine’s day (14th February) at the exhibition. The website will be available at: www.kingmeremcz.uk . There will be experts on hand to guide visitors through the reef and answer any questions, and there will be a craft corner for kids of all ages to create a glorious model Kingmere reef during the exhibition.

The Marine Conservation Society’s Alice Tebb, who has organised the exhibition says:

We are hoping that lots of local people will come along to the exhibition to learn about the amazing underwater landscape on their doorstep. The exhibition will show for the first time incredible photos and film from the 2018 black bream breeding season, images captured by a team of volunteer photographers who went out to explore the Kingmere reef during the spring and autumn of 2018. The website also introduces some of the local people who have a strong connection to the site – including fishermen, divers and anglers – and tells the story of why they treasure the precious Kingmere Marine Conservation Zone.

The Kingmere Marine Conservation Zone lies four miles off the West Sussex coastline, south of the River Arun at Littlehampton and off Worthing Pier. It covers an area of 47km2 and hosts a rich abundance of marine habitats and wildlife in waters ranging from 6 to 19 m deep. Kingmere MCZ is treasured by local fishermen, anglers and divers who regularly visit the site.’Worthing’s Super-Dads of the Sea’ is a free exhibition at Colonnade House, Worthing and runs from the 12th to the 24th of February 2019. The website will be launched on February 14th at the exhibition.

Worthing’s Super-Dads of the Sea is funded by the Calouste Gulbenkian Foundation, as part of the Agents of Change project, an initiative led by the UK’s leading marine charity – the Marine Conservation Society (MCS), Fauna and Flora International and the New Economics Foundation. This exhibition is supported by Sussex Inshore Fisheries and Conservation Authority, Sussex Wildlife Trust and Lafarge Tarmac. The Kingmere website is created in partnership with the Angling Trust and funded by The Rampion Fund at the Sussex Community Foundation.

Images credits: Matt Doggett – www.mattdoggett.com

For more information about the work of the MCS please visit their website by clicking here.

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Frontline workers honoured with free dive trip to Yap

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The remote island of Yap in the Federated States of Micronesia is among the few places in the world that remains free of Covid-19 thanks to its ocean border and a strict travel ban that has kept its residents safe.

Nonetheless, Yap has been affected, too. As one of the world’s premier, award-winning destinations for divers, this paradisiacal location in the western Pacific Ocean has had no outside visitors to its rich shores and reef for nearly a year. But while there may be no virus, the island hasn’t been cut off from the economic impact experienced around the globe.

Manta Ray Bay Resort and Yap Divers by A. Tareg

That didn’t stop Bill Acker, CEO and founder of the Manta Ray Bay Resort and Yap Divers, from doing something, though.

Last March, soon after the island went into lockdown, Bill began to realize the effect of the virus on daily life beyond the island. “Yes, we are closed, have no divers, had to send our employees home and prepare for difficult times,” he said. “But we’re lucky in that we have, for the most part, avoided the human suffering and death this pandemic has caused.”

Thinking about the problems faced by his family business, they paled when he compared them to those endured by the healthcare workers who have been fighting selflessly around the clock for months on end for the well-being and lives of others.

“One evening, while checking the news online, I saw pictures of frontline workers who were tending to desperately ill and dying people when families and friends could not be with their loved ones. It was heartbreaking,” he added.

The next day, a meeting was held with the resort’s staff and Bill invited suggestions for ways they could do something to honor healthcare workers. The result was the idea to award twenty divers who are working on the frontline to save other’s lives during this pandemic while risking their own, with a free week at the resort.

Manta ray, Manta birostris, gliding over a cleaning station in M’il Channel, Yap, Micronesia by David Fleetham

Divers around the world who had been guests at Manta Ray Bay in the past were invited to submit the names of candidates for the award by December 31, 2020. “We received nominations for 126 individuals from as far away as Germany, the U.S., Australia and Canada,” he said. “It was not easy choosing the winners but our committee of staff members took on the job and selected the 20 finalists.”

“While trying to choose the people to reward for their hard work during this Covid-19 crisis,” Bill added, “by reading the nominations we saw that every one of the nominees was doing things above and beyond the call of duty. Sadly, we don’t have the finances to offer over 100 free weeks in Yap, but we do want to recognize the contributions all of them are making to our world. So, we are offering the rest of the nominees a free week of diving in Yap which includes room, hotel tax, airport transfers, breakfast, diving and Wi-Fi.  The only requirement is that they travel with at least three other people and stay in two rooms or more.”

“We do not yet know when Yap will open its borders,” said Bill, “but when it does, we will welcome these important guests to Yap to relax and dive with the manta rays and the other beautiful denizens of the ocean surrounding our island home. They are the true heroes of this devastating, historic time and we look forward to honoring them with a well-deserved dive vacation.”

Watch out for our exclusive trip report from a healthcare worker from the UK who is one of the 20 to have been awarded this amazing dive trip!

For more information on Manta Ray Bay and Yap Divers visit their website by clicking here.

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Dream Dive Locker Build Out. Part I: Demolition (Watch Video)

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It’s finally here! Time to start building the greatest dive locker the world has ever seen! Part I: Demolition! #dreamdivelocker

This is the first of a series of videos showing the evolution of building out my dream dive locker. My dream dive locker needs to be dive gear drying and storage, dry storage, workshop, office, editing suite, You Tube studio and classroom. That’s a lot of functions for a small space!

The first step is planning out the space and demolishing the laminate flooring. Then I taped up the walls to get a feel for the space. We have a lot of work to do!

But finally we will have a purpose built space to house all of our dive equipment! Subscribe to our channel to follow our progress! 

Thanks for watching, Team!

James


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