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Project Shark: Maldives

Here are the latest offers from UK based liveaboard tour operator blue o two, including a few last minute Easter getaways in both the Red Sea and the Maldives:

RED SEA

M/Y blue Fin – Red Sea                                                                     

11 Apr – 18 Apr: Deep South £1295

18 Apr – 25 Apr: Daedalus & St Johns £1195

09 May – 16 May: Northern Wrecks & Reefs £999

16 May – 23 May: Northern Wrecks & Reefs £995

23 May – 30 May: North and Ras Mohamed  £1149

30 May – 06 Jun: Northern Wrecks & Reefs £1095

04 Jul – 11 Jul:  Strait of Tiran and North £1049

M/Y blue Horizon – Red Sea

02 May – 09 May: Project Shark: Simply the Best £995 – NO Manchester supplement!

09 May – 16 May: Project Shark: Daedalus & St Johns £1095

16 May – 23 May: Project Shark: Daedalus & St Johns £1095

06 Jun – 13 Jun: Simply the Best £1095

13 Jun – 20 Jun: Project Shark: Simply the Best £1199

M/Y blue Melody – Red Sea

18 Apr – 25 Apr: Northern Wrecks & Reefs £1095 – LAST male share

25 Apr – 02 May: Strait of Tiran & North £885

30 May – 06 Jun: Simply the Best £1195

06 Jun – 13 Jun: In Focus: Deep South with Saeed Rashid £1199

20 Jun – 27 Jun: Project Shark: Simply the Best £1199

27 Jun- 04 Jul: Simply the Best £1199

M/Y blue Voyager – Red Sea

18 Apr – 25 Apr: Project Shark: Simply the Best £1095

25 Apr – 02 May: Deep South £945

02 May – 09 May: Daedalus & St Johns £995 – NO Manchester supplement!

23 May – 30 May: Northern Wrecks & Reefs £1149

30 May – 6 Jun: RedTec: Extended Range £1449

27 Jun – 4 Jul: Deep South Borderlands £1199

NEW:  M/Y Red Sea Adventurer – Red Sea (Monday sailings May – Oct)

11 Apr – 18 Apr: Northern Wrecks & Reefs £1109*

19 May – 26 May: Deep South £899*

09 Jun – 16 Jun: Best of Wrecks £895*

16 Jun – 23 Jun: Brothers & Elphinstone £995*

30 Jun – 07 Jul: Deep South £999*

MALDIVES

M/Y blue ‘Honors Legacy’

15 Apr – 23 Apr: Deep South (7 nights) £2395*

22 Apr – 03 May: Best of the Southern Atolls (10 nights) £1995*

02 May – 10 May: Simply the Best (7 nights) £1999*

09 May – 17 May: Pelagic Encounters (7 nights) £1675*

16 May – 25 May: Simply the Best (8 nights) £1999*

24 May – 01 Jun: Magical Maldives (7 nights) £1795*

31 Jul – 11 Aug: Best of the Northern Atolls (10 nights) £2475*

10 Aug – 18 Aug: Majestic Mantas (7 nights) £2265*

17 Aug – 28 Aug: Majestic Mantas (10 nights) £2260*

27 Aug – 07 Sep: Best of the Northern Atolls (10 nights) £2265                *

MICRONESIA

S/Y Truk Siren

4Feb – 14 Feb: Truk Lagoon (10 nights) £3145**

*Package price is subject to change due to fluctuations in flight prices. Final package price will be confirmed at time of booking.  **Excludes flights

To book or for more information contact the blue o two team now by calling them on +44 (0)1752 480808, email info@blueotwo.com or visit their website: www.blueotwo.com

Marine Life & Conservation

The Big Shark Pledge: Shark Trust’s new campaign kicks off with a call for support

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With the ink still drying on last week’s landmark listing of nearly 100 species of sharks on Appendix II of CITES, the Shark Trust insists that this is not the time for shark conservation to take a break. The UK-based NGO this week launches its biggest-ever concerted campaign to tackle the overfishing of oceanic sharks. They are calling on people across the world to join the call for stricter controls on high seas fisheries.

The Big Shark Pledge is at the heart of an ambitious set of campaign actions. Working to secure science-based catch limits on all sharks and rays affected by the international high seas fishing fleet. The pledge will build the largest campaigning community in shark and ray conservation history to support a raft of policy actions over the vital years ahead.

Many of our best known and much-loved sharks make their home on the high seas. In our shared ocean, these oceanic sharks and rays face a very real threat from a huge international fleet of industrial-scale fishing vessels. Research published in early 2021 confirmed that over three-quarters of oceanic sharks and rays are now at risk of extinction due to the destructive impact of overfishing. They have declined by 71% over the last 50 years.

The Shark Trust is celebrating its 25th Anniversary this year and has a long history of securing positive changes for sharks, skates and rays. The Big Shark Pledge will build on the success of their NoLimits? campaign which underpinned landmark catch limits on Blue Sharks and Shortfin Mako in the North Atlantic.

While the listing of so many species on the CITES trade agreement is certainly a positive step, there remains a huge challenge in ensuring that sustainable practices are embedded in international fisheries.” says Shark Trust Director of conservation, Ali Hood. “Sharks on the high seas face extraordinary pressure from excessive fishing practices. This has to be addressed through international agreements such as those secured for Blues and makos.”

There is hope and a feeling of momentum in the shark conservation community. Just last week, in addition to the new CITES listings, the Shark Trust, working with partners in the Shark League, secured the first-ever international quota for South Atlantic Mako at ICCAT meeting in Portugal. The new campaign from the Shark Trust aims to push forwards from here, engaging a wave of support through the Big Shark Pledge to bolster policy action.

This will be a long-term international and collaborative effort. Forging a pathway to rebuild populations of high-seas sharks and rays. By putting science at the heart of shark conservation and fisheries management. And making the vital changes needed to set populations on the road to recovery.

Shark Trust CEO Paul Cox says of the Big Shark Pledge “It’s designed to give everyone who cares about the future of sharks the chance to add their voice to effective and proven conservation action. By adding their name to the Pledge, supporters will be given opportunities to apply pressure at key moments to influence change.

Click here to sign the Big Shark Pledge

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Jeff chats to… Craig Waller, Underwater Lighting Technician on Black Panther: Wakanda Forever (Watch Video)

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In this exclusive Zoom interview, Jeff Goodman, Scubaverse Editor-at-Large, chats to Craig Waller, Underwater Lighting Technician on Black Panther: Wakanda Forever. Craig is a Key Grip and Lighting Director with 10,000s of hours of Set Experience.

In Craig’s own words:

I started my career when I was in my first year of college.  I always had that creative side of the brain that needed to be followed as a career.  I thought that would be in designing engineering pieces but wasn’t happy about the idea of an office cubicle and drafting table.

I accidentally found my way onto a big commercial job for a week and decided “THIS IS WHAT I WANT TO DO”.   I made it my career after that. This is a quick list of recent and big projects in my 35 yrs of TV / Film / Photography.

Most Recently:

  • “Black Panther 2” – UW Lighting Technician / 2nd Unit Underwater Team
  • “Stranger Things” Season 4 – UW Lighting Technician / 2nd Unit Underwater Team
  • “Suicide Squad 2” – UW Gaffer / 2nd Unit Underwater Team
  • NASCAR / FOX Sports 1 – Network TV Lighting Director – 7 years / 700 races of Live BIG track TV shows
  • 10,000s of commercials / music videos / tv shows

I started diving when I was 18 years old with my OW and then AOW with PADI. I was diving with lots of friends in the late 80s and early 90s and then moved onto Kayaking. I got my daughter into diving when she turned 14 and have picked up where I left off.

I have approx 5000 dives now and spend most of my free time diving.

Here are my certs:

  • OW – AOW 1989
  • Adv Nitrox / Deco 2020
  • Cavern – Intro Cave 2021
  • CCR Tech – Fathom – 2021

You can find out more at www.craigwaller.com


Rather listen to a podcast? Listen to the audio HERE on the new Scubaverse podcast channel at Anchor FM.

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