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Join Scubaverse’s Underwater Photo Pros on a unique Philippines workshop



Why not join Nick and Caroline on a trip to remember in 2020?

On a recent trip to The Philippines, Scubaverse Underwater Photo team Nick and Caroline from Frogfish Photography visited Magic Oceans in Anda on Bohol Island to write about their experience for and Dive Travel Adventures magazine. They were blown away by the incredible diversity of the diving and marine life in this quiet region of the island.

You can read about their trip in Issue 2 of Dive Travel Adventures here.

You can also read about their macro diving experience, their amazing encounter with Shaun the Sheep and a night dive to remember on the Scubaverse Blog.

Nick and Caroline are returning to Magic Oceans Dive Resort in May 2020 to host Magic Photo Experience – a unique Underwater Photography Workshop – and you can join them!

The group trip is a unique collaboration between Scubaverse, Frogfish Photography, Magic Oceans and Dive Worldwide, where divers and underwater photographers can join a fun-loving and like-minded group of people to share this incredible experience.

With aquarium-like reefs and a dazzling array of marine life, the coastline of Anda on Bohol Island is worthy of a place on any divers wish list. Set amongst tropical gardens, Magic Oceans in an intimate resort with a fabulous house reef catering for divers with a sense of adventure. Whilst macro diving is high on the agenda, there are plenty of larger highlights and modern facilities for photographers. It is the perfect base from which to explore.

If you love your macro critters, then this is the place for you! Give the guide your list of must-see encounters and they will use their eagle-eyes to find you whatever tiny critter you have your heart set on to photograph. A host of colourful nudibranchs (including Shaun the Sheep), frogfish, octopus, pygmy seahorses and more. The night dive is incredible, with plenty of tiny crustaceans and critters to keep you entertained.

The region is also blessed with beautiful walls covered in bright corals, so wide angle enthusiasts can join in on the fun. Turtles relax in the shallows on the top of these prolific reefs. This really is paradise.

Join Nick and Caroline, underwater photographers and biologists, as they return to this fantastic location. This bespoke trip includes unlimited diving, photography workshops and evening presentations about the local marine life. You might even find yourself featuring in their next blog, magazine article or book!

Trip details:

  • Departure date: 19th May 2020
  • Includes 10 nights, superior twin share bungalows, full board, 8 days unlimited dive package, airport transfers
  • Price: from £1,795

To book onto this unique trip please contact the Dive Worldwide team on 01962 302087 or visit to find out more.

Marine Life & Conservation

BLUE EARTH – Future Frogmen Podcast Series – Deep-Sea Stories From a Shadow Diver: a conversation with Richie Kohler



A series of conservation educational podcasts from Future Frogmen, introduced by Jeff Goodman.

Deep Sea Stories From a Shadow Diver: a conversation with Richie Kohler. 

This episode of the Blue Earth Podcast is a conversation with Richie Kohler. He’s an explorer, technical wreck diver, shipwreck historian, filmmaker, and author.

Richie was featured in Robert Kurson’s incredible book “Shadow Divers ”. It’s a thrilling true story about Richie and John Chatterton’s quest to identify the wreck of an unknown WWII German U-boat (submarine), 65 miles off the coast of New Jersey. They dedicated six years of their lives attempting to identify the wreck.

Richie has travelled the world and explored many deep wrecks, including the Andrea Doria, Titanic, and Britannic. He’s the author of “Mystery of The Last Olympian” about the Britannic.

Richard E Hyman Bio

Richard is the Chairman and President of Future Frogmen.

Born from mentoring and love of the ocean, Richard is developing an impactful non-profit organization. His memoir, FROGMEN, details expeditions aboard Jacques-Yves Cousteau’s famed ship Calypso.

Future Frogmen, Inc. is a nonprofit organization and public charity that works to improve ocean health by deepening the connection between people and nature. They foster ocean ambassadors and future leaders to protect the ocean by accomplishing five objectives.

You can find more episodes and information at and on most social platforms @futurefrogmen.

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Marine Life & Conservation

New Fisheries Act misses the mark on sustainability, but what now?



A better future for our seas is still beyond the horizon, says Marine Conservation Society

The UK’s landmark post-Brexit fisheries legislation has now become law. The Fisheries Act, the first legislation of its kind in nearly 40 years, will shape how the UK’s seas are fished for years to come.

The Marine Conservation Society, which campaigned for amendments to the legislation throughout its development, is disappointed by the removal of key sustainability amendments and by the removal of a commitment to rolling out Remote Electronic Monitoring.

The charity has committed to pushing the UK Government to go further than the framework which the Fisheries Act sets out, with greater ambition for the state of UK seas.

Sandy Luk, Chief Executive of the Marine Conservation Society said: “UK Government and devolved administrations must act urgently to deliver climate and nature smart fisheries under the new Fisheries Act. This is a key condition if our seas are to recover to good health. The UK Government removed key amendments from the legislation while making promises on sustainability and the introduction of remote electronic monitoring. We will continue to hold the government to account over these promises.”

“I’m pleased to see the recognition of the important role fisheries play in our fight against the climate emergency.  However, even with a climate change objective in the Act, actions speak louder than words. We must get to work delivering sustainable fisheries management, which will have a huge benefit to our seas, wildlife and the communities which depend upon them.”

The Fisheries Act has become law against a backdrop of the ocean’s declining health. UK waters are currently failing to meet 11 out of 15 indicators of good ocean health and over a third of fish in UK waters are being caught at levels which cannot continue into the future. Whilst the legislation failed to address some of the more pressing issues facing UK seas, including overfishing, there is still an opportunity to affect change in the years which follow.

Sam Stone, Head of Fisheries at the Marine Conservation Society said: “The Fisheries Act marks the start of a new era of fisheries management in the UK, but the next two years will be critical in defining what this looks like. The new Act has some good objectives, but we now need to come together to make sure it really delivers the on-water change that is desperately needed for ocean recovery.

“There is genuine opportunity to create fisheries that deliver for coastal communities and for the environment, but it means moving away from ‘business-as-usual’. The UK and devolved governments now have the powers to move forward with progressive new management in their waters. That means proper incentives for low impact fishing, proper monitoring of catches and proper commitments to sustainable fishing.

“In the short term, the four nations must work together to make impactful changes, starting by addressing the UK’s most at risk fish stocks. Recovery plans are needed for our depleted stocks, including new catch limits, selectivity and avoidance measures, protection of vital habitats and fully documented catches. Rolling out Remote Electronic Monitoring with cameras on larger vessels throughout the UK should be top of the agenda if future policy is to be as well informed as possible.”

For more information about the Fisheries Bill and the Marine Conservation Society’s work, visit the charity’s website.

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Sharks Bay Umbi Diving Village is a Bedouin-owned resort with stunning views and a lovely private beach. It is ideal for divers as everything is onsite including the resort's jetty, dive centre and house reef. The warm hospitality makes for a diving holiday like no other. There is an excellent seafood restaurent and beach bar onsite, and with the enormous diversity of the Sharm El Sheikh dive sites and the surrounding areas of the South Sinai, there really is something for every level of diver to enjoy.

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