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

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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.

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WIN a Bigblue AL-1200NP Dive Torch!!!

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For this week’s competition, we’ve teamed up with our good friends at Liquid Sports to give away a Bigblue AL-1200NP Dive Torch!

This torch delivers 1200 lumens of light powered by an ion rechargeable battery. There are 4 levels of brightness with burn times between 2-20 hours. Battery charge level is indicated via coloured lights around the on/off button. The beam angle is 10°. The anodised aluminium alloy housing sealed by double ‘O’ rings with a max operating depth of 100m. SRP £125.00 which includes torch, charging cradle and battery.

To be in with a chance of winning this awesome prize, all you have to do is answer the following question:

In a recent post on Scubaverse.com (which you can read here), we reported via the Marine Conservation Society that the UK’s landmark post-Brexit fisheries legislation has now become law. The Fisheries Act is the first legislation of its kind in nearly how many years?

Is it:

  • A) 60
  • B) 50
  • C) 40

Answer, A, B or C to the question above:

Liquid Sports Bigblue AL-1200NP Dive Torch November 2020

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  • Terms and Conditions: This competition is open to all visitors to www.scubaverse.com except for members of the Scubaverse team and their families, or employees of Liquid Sports and their families. A valid answer to the competition’s question must be entered. If no valid answer to the competition’s question is entered, your entry will be invalid. Only one competition entry per entrant permitted (multiple entries will lead to disqualification). Only one prize per winner. All prizes are non-transferable, and no cash alternative will be offered. In the event that the prize cannot be supplied, no liability will be attached to www.scubaverse.com. When prizes are supplied by third parties, www.scubaverse.com is acting as their agents and as such we exclude all liability for loss or damage you may suffer as a result of this competition. This competition closes on 06/01/21. The winner will be notified by email. The Editor-in-Chief’s decision is final.

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Northern Diver Christmas Sale starts TODAY!

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This year Northern Diver’s Christmas offers are starting on Black Friday and running until midnight on New Year’s Eve! 

There are some great deals to be had across the site – www.ndiver.com – from discounted Drysuits and Coltri compressors to 15% off their entire Lighting Section!

And if you can’t find the perfect present for the diver in your life, they have a choice of Gift Cards on offer. They are even giving you £25 extra when you purchase a £100 voucher!

The offers don’t stop there – there is FREE shipping on all orders over £100 and even a FREE gift with every online purchase.

Every purchase will get you entered into a great prize draw to win one of their new Electracore 3.0mm Rechargeable Heated Vests!

And should you find that you need to return any of your purchases, Northern Diver understand that Christmas may be a little different for everyone this year and you may not get to see every one over Christmas, so they have extended their Returns Period to the end of January 2021. (Valid for purchases made from Black Friday to end of December 2020).

Some unmissable offers to look out for are the Varilux Zoom, part of the Varilux Black & Gold Range, with its variable beam width; and Northern Diver’s 4mm compressed Neoprene Drysuit, the Voyager, which is on offer for an incredible £475!

For more information visit the Northern Diver website by clicking here.

Photo credit: Joe Duffy

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