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Great Barrier Beer Launches in Cans – Yes We Can Save the Reef!



Brisbane start up, The Good Beer Co, Australia’s social enterprise beer company, has launched a new Great Barrier Beer for the Australian Marine Conservation Society with a call to action to all Aussie beer drinkers: Yes We Can Save the Reef!

Continuing their work with national environmental charity, the Australian Marine Conservation Society (AMCS), The Good Beer Co has launched a rebranded Great Barrier Beer in cans to help raise funds for the AMCS and their vital work to protect Australia’s national icon, the Great Barrier Reef, from the threats of climate change and pollution.

The “Australian Lager” will be brewed with all Australian ingredients for The Good Beer Co by award winning independent craft brewery Ballistic Beer Company in Brisbane.

Ten percent of the price every keg and carton sold will go directly to the AMCS to help fund their work to protect the Reef.

The new branding, featuring a watercolor painting using water from the Great Barrier Reef, was done for The Good Beer Co by Brother & Co in Brisbane who worked pro bono in support of the social enterprise and the cause.

The new Great Barrier Beer was launched at the Beer InCider festival on Friday 21st and Saturday 22nd of September where it raised over $1,000 for the Australian Marine Conservation Society, and at a special event for supporters at Ballistic West End Bar on Wednesday 3rd October.

QLD Minister for Innovation and Tourism, Kate Jones MP, pulled the first beer and launched a pre-order crowd-fund campaign for the first batch of the new Great Barrier Beer in cans.

The Good Beer Co Founder James Grugeon said he was excited to be relaunching the popular beer in cans with new branding a new brewery partner and a new style of beer.  “This is a great Australian beer for a great Australian cause. Good beers drinkers at Beer InCider loved the beer and they loved that it is helping the Australian Marine Conservation Society protect our Great Barrier Reef from climate change and pollution too. We can’t wait to get it out there.”

Darren Kindleysides, AMCS CEO said: “We already know that Great Barrier Beer is a brilliant and simple way to get our important message out there and to raise funds for our work to protect the Great Barrier Reef. Our Reef needs all our help right now. Every time someone drinks a Great Barrier Beer they are raising a glass to a better future for our Reef.

Ballistic Beer Company Head Brewer, Lachy Crothers said: “We’re stoked to be brewing this revolutionary good beer for a good cause for The Good Beer Co. It’s an absolutely cracking Australian Lager made with all Australian ingredients, just perfect to be enjoyed in the Queensland summer that’s coming!”

The Good Beer Co will be making the new Great Barrier Beer available in cartons via a special pre-order crowd-fund campaign –

And from early 2019, Great Barrier Beer will be available through The Good Beer Co website and, potentially, at previous stockists of Great Barrier Beer including Woolworths (BWS)  as well as through a special campaign targeting supporters of Australia’s national icon and action on climate change and pollution.

For more information visit the Good Beer Co website by clicking here.

Marine Life & Conservation

Scubaverse meet the Ullapool Sea Savers



On a recent trip to the Highlands of Scotland we met up with an amazing bunch of ocean conservationists called the Ullapool Sea Savers. They are a passionate group of young people based in the beautiful coastal town of Ullapool who are working to protect the marine environment around them and it was a real pleasure to hear their ideas and to witness just how committed they are to their cause.

They are a group run by kids for kids, in response to the inspirational work of local marine campaigner Noel Hawkins. Their core premise is that people will protect what they love and they aim to show people just how much there is to love about the sea. The Ullapool Sea Savers keep things positive and work to inspire those around them and each other.

Each Sea Saver is a Species Champion, and they nominate their preferred species, learn all about them and then present a “fact fie” to the rest of the group. This ties in with the Species Champion Initiative launched by Scottish Environment LINK which asks Members of the Scottish Parliament (MSPs) to lend political support to the protection of Scotland’s threatened wildlife by becoming ‘Species Champions’. This has led to some great support from MSPs when it comes to campaigning, such as Maree Todd MSP and Minister for Children and Young People (who is also from Ullapool which helped!) becoming the Flameshell Species Champion and working closely with Caillin who is Flameshell Ambassador for the Ullapool Sea Savers. Similarly, Gail Ross MSP for our region, took on the role of Seagrass Species Champion and helped USS campaign against plans to allow Mechanical Kelp Extraction (Dredging!) to be given the go ahead in Scotland. There are plenty more example of this great partnering scheme here.

On top of this, the Ullapool Sea Savers have formed pods, and each small group selects a local campaign to work on, with the “New Wave” working on a “Drain Campaign” to educate people that litter dropped on the street ends up in the surrounding sea. They recently surveyed the litter by the first drain in the campaign and found over 300 cigarette butts that would have all washed out to sea during the next rainfall.

The “Blue Starfish” are working on a crisp packet recycling campaign, starting at the local school with hopes to widen the scale going forward. There is now also the newly formed Seal Pups Pod and we look forward to seeing what campaign they decide to focus on.

Many of the group have passed qualifications in snorkeling, diving, boat handling and they are currently learning to operate an ROV that they plan to use to mark underwater litter and ghost nets so it can be retrieved by divers. The group are also regularly found litter-picking along the coastline. As a group they have a powerful voice and recently won the Sunday Mail, Young Scot Awards 2021 for the Environment Category.

The older kids mentor some of the younger ones that are new to joining the group and what really struck us on meeting the group was how keen they were to pass on their wealth of knowledge and their passion for ocean conservation. We chatted to them about what we do and told them about some of our favourite marine life encounters from around the world. I hope we inspired them just a fraction as much as they inspired us! 

To find out more about the Ullapool Sea Savers you can visit their website by clicking here.

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Discover Whale Sharks in the Galapagos tomorrow with Regaldive



Regaldive are inviting divers to join them next Wednesday for a virtual tour of the Galapagos Islands.  Marine biologist Sofía Green will give an insight into her incredible encounters with Whale Sharks.

An expert on Whale Shark behaviour, Sofía has been part of the Galapagos Whale Shark Project since 2017 and is at the forefront of global Whale Shark research. She will also be leading Regaldive’s exclusive Whale Shark Expedition in September 2022, timed to visit during prime Whale Shark season. Founder of the Galapagos Whale Shark Project, Jonathan Green, will also be joining the Zoom event taking questions so do join them to find out more.

  • Date: Wednesday, 16 June
  • Timings: 7-8 pm (UK time)

Register via email here to book your place and let the team know if you have any questions you would like to ask Sofia and Jonathan.

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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.

£1475 per person based on double occupancy.  Soft all inclusive board basis, buffet meals with snacks, tea and coffee always available.  Add a week on at Roots Red Sea Resort before or after the liveaboard for just £725pp.  Flights and transfers are included.  See our brochure linked above for the full itinerary.

This trip will be hosted by The Scuba Place.  Come Dive with Us!

Call 020 3515 9955 or email

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