Connect with us
background

News

Join The Reef-World Foundation and The Ocean Agency at World Environment Day Webinar

Published

on

Time for coral: how YOU can help save an entire ecosystem

Discover the simple changes you can make to protect coral reefs for future generations.

Coral reefs – often described as the “rainforests of the sea” – are some of the most astoundingly biodiverse ecosystems in the world. They support a quarter of all marine species, protect our coastlines, provide food and livelihoods for 500 million people and are even used in the development of new medicines. Yet, these exceptional animals (that’s right, coral is an animal!) are under threat.

This World Environment Day join the United Nations Environment Programme, The Ocean Agency and The Reef-World Foundation for a fascinating discussion about these vital ecosystems. You’ll learn:

  • Why is coral so important?
  • What threats does this ecosystem face?
  • How a ground-breaking Netflix Originals documentary has put corals in the global spotlight
  • How the Green Fins initiative is conserving coral reefs around the world
  • The simple changes YOU can make to protect coral reefs for future generations.

The webinar will be available on World Environment Day – 5th June – at: https://reef-world.org/blog/time-for-coral

About the panel

Gabriel Grimsditch, Programme Management Officer, United Nations Environment Programme

Gabriel Grimsditch is a Programme Management Officer and marine ecosystems expert with the United Nations Environment Programme based at the headquarters in Nairobi, Kenya. He has over 15 years’ experience working on the conservation, research and sustainable management of coastal ecosystems around the world, including with the International Union for the Conservation of Nature and with CORDIO East Africa. Gabriel currently leads UNEP’s work on coral reefs, mangroves and seagrass.

Richard Vevers, Founder & CEO, The Ocean Agency

Richard Vevers is the founder and CEO of The Ocean Agency, The Advertising Agency for the Ocean – a unique nonprofit accelerating ocean conservation action through creativity, technology and powerful partnerships. Before diving into ocean and coral reef conservation, Vevers first worked at some of the top London advertising agencies and then as an artist and underwater photographer. It is this background that has guided his unique creative and business-thinking approach to ocean conservation. His ideas have included; inventing the SVII camera and taking Google Streetview Underwater, the Netflix Original Documentary Chasing Coral, and 50 Reefs – a targeted approach to saving coral reefs. His imagery, revealing what is happening to our oceans, is some of the most viewed underwater imagery of all time, and his ideas, project and public speaking have made him a leading voice in the fight to save coral reefs.

Chloë Harvey, Director, The Reef-World Foundation

Chloë Harvey is a professional diver and marine biologist with over 15 years’ experience working in tropical marine environments and supporting adoption of sustainable business models and practice within all segments of the diving industry. As Director of the UK Charity The Reef-World Foundation she has developed the Green Fins initiative for sustainable diving in partnership with the UN Environment Programme. She has worked with over 500 business owners and 19 national authorities to provide them with the tools and support needed to drive sustainable marine tourism practices.

James J Harvey, Director, The Reef-World Foundation

JJ Harvey is a marine biologist and diver with over 10 years’ experience working in tropical marine environments. This combined background provides a scientific and balanced approach to training, helping to educate those in a position to act and explain how and why it is important to reduce threats to marine ecosystems. JJ has worked closely with national governments, the private sector and international agencies to achieve successful outcomes that are meaningful to all stakeholders. As Director at Reef-World, JJ has led the development of Green Fins across eleven South East Asian, Middle Eastern, Pacific, and Caribbean countries since 2008 training national governments and NGO’s to manage the initiative. Today, Green Fins is a globally recognised approach for managing sustainable diving activities internationally with a proven conservation impact.

To care for ourselves we must care for coral. It’s time to wake up. To take action. To raise our voices. It’s time to make simple changes for a sustainable future.

It’s Time for Coral.


To find out more about The Reef-World Foundation visit their website by clicking here.

Gear Reviews

Gear Review: MK19 Evo/D420/R195 Octo Dive Regulator System from Scubapro (Watch Video)

Published

on

In a video shot exclusively for Scubaverse.com, Jeff Goodman reviews the MK19 Evo/D420/R195 Octo Dive Regulator System from Scubapro.

Continue Reading

Marine Life & Conservation

Scubaverse meet the Ullapool Sea Savers

Published

on

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.

Continue Reading

E-Newsletter Sign up!

Competitions

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 john@thescubaplace.co.uk

www.thescubaplace.co.uk

More Less

Instagram Feed

Popular