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Marine charity gives sustainable seafood shoppers a fishmonger in their pocket

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Restaurants to recipes, sustainability to seasonality in a simple to use App 

The Marine Conservation Society (MCS), the UK charity which works to ensure consumers, restaurants and food industry buyers only choose fish from sustainable sources has released its most informative seafood App yet and says it hopes the simple advice will clarify what, for many, is a highly complex issue.

The Good Fish Guide App (free on both iPhone and android) is a great catch for anyone who wants to make sure the fish they are buying comes from sustainable fisheries – where stocks are either holding their own or increasing.

“Making sure the fish you are buying is as sustainable as possible, in season and big enough to have reproduced makes the whole issue a bit of a minefield. Many fishmongers and fish counter staff have some of the information customers require, but not all. The Good Fish Guide mobile app has all the answers right at your finger tips. Whilst looking at fish on the counter you can, with a few taps and swipes, be sure your fish supper is as sustainable as possible,” says Bernadette Clarke, MCS Good Fish Guide Programme Manager.

The App lists fish alongside their MCS Fish to Eat or Fish to Avoid rating – red, green or amber (eat only occasionally).

The main role of the MCS Fish to Eat and Avoid lists, which can also be found at www.goodfishguide.org, is to identify for consumers fish from currently healthy fisheries or farms, the fish to eat, and the fisheries consumers should be avoiding, the one’s that are overfished and poorly managed.  By changing its ratings in line with the latest International Council for the Exploration of the Sea stock and other advice, MCS tries to ensure through public awareness that consumers make the right choices and popular species don’t drop to worryingly low levels.

But there’s far more to choosing sustainable fish and now the App boasts regular contributions of new seafood recipes from top chefs and celebrities. The recipe is displayed so the fish chosen are always in season and rated 1-3. There’s also a size guide to help people spot immature fish that are being sold before they’ve had a chance to breed. And information on labelling will help you indentify the best eco-labels for fish and the information retailers and fishmongers need to be supplying to allow consumers to make informed choices.

Diners can find restaurants that claim to have great sustainable credentials on an easy to use map where MCS reveals what they think about the eatery’s sustainability along with the venue’s Fish 2 Fork sustainable seafood restaurant rating.

MCS sustainable seafood work is supported by players of People’s Postcode Lottery. Clara Govier, Head of Charities at People’s Postcode Lottery says “It is great to see a whole range of new resources giving people the power to make their own choices on which seafood to eat. The new App is really exciting, giving instant advice on what to eat and how to cook it, whether you’re shopping for the family in the supermarket or looking for a place to eat out. I’m delighted that players of People’s Postcode Lottery are able to support this initiative.”

For more information, see www.goodfishguide.org.

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WIN a copy of Underwater Photographer David Morgan’s 2022 Wall Calendar ‘Beneath Cornish Waters’

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For this week’s competition, we’ve teamed up with underwater photographer David Morgan to give away one of his Beneath Cornish Waters 2022 Wall Calendar as a prize!

The 2022 A3 wall calendar ‘Beneath Cornish Waters’ from David Morgan BA (Hons) is now available. With 13 superb full colour prints featuring the diverse marine life found underwater at the most southern part of the UK, encountered whilst diving there in the last twelve months. With a wide range of subjects including a colourful nudibranch just a couple of centimetres long, a graceful Blue shark at nearly two meters in length and others that you may have rarely come across before.

Professionally printed on high quality heavyweight Brampton Artist Board Paper and ring bound ready to hang, it’ll brighten up a wall and provide a source of interest, especially with the brief descriptions accompanying each subject. 

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

In the introduction to our recent ‘Dive Into Africa’ post which was launched on both www.scubaverse.com and www.africadiveadventures.com (and which you can read here), it states that the African continent offers a huge diversity of diving due to it being bordered by the Indian Ocean in the East and Southeast, the Red Sea in the Northeast, the Mediterranean in the North and the Atlantic Ocean in the West and Southwest. But how many countries in Africa have a coastline?

Is it:

  • A) 18
  • B) 28
  • C) 38

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

David Morgan Calendar Jan 22

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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 or family members of David Morgan. 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 21/01/22. The winner will be notified by email. The Editor-in-Chief’s decision is final.

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Scuba Show Expo returns to Long Beach in-person May 14–15 2022

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After an extended safety stop, Scuba Show returns in-person to the Long Beach Convention Center (LBCC) May 14 – 15, 2022.

Now in its 35th year, Scuba Show is the USA’s largest consumer scuba diving expo. We like to call it the best gathering of divers above sea level. The expo brings together thousands of attendees and hundreds of companies from across the scuba diving spectrum for a weekend showcasing all of the sport’s possibilities under one roof. Our goal at the Scuba Show is to create an environment that energizes attendees’ passion for scuba diving, fosters real connections and sends them home to reconnect with their local dive communities.

The in-person Scuba Show was canceled in 2020 and again in 2021 due to COVID and local and federal restrictions. The state of California fully reopened last summer and the LBCC has been hosting large events since August of 2021.

In lieu of the in-person event the last two years, Scuba Show brought a virtual version of the expo to attendees. This virtual element — which allowed attendees to access all exhibitors, show specials, new products, and pre-recorded seminars — will become an integral part of the show, turning on when the live event ends, to help foster a connection with consumers well beyond the convention center doors and for months after the Show.

At the time of cancellation, 247 exhibitors had registered for the 2020 Scuba Show and the large majority are confirmed to exhibit this year. While we are still waiting to hear from a handful of exhibitors, we are now opening the application process to all of the exhibitors that had not yet registered when we canceled the Show back in 2020, and accepting applications for new companies that would like to exhibit.

If you are interested in securing a booth at Scuba Show 2022 (diving-related companies only please), or if you would like more information about exhibiting, visit www.scubashow.com or contact Mark Young at mail@scubashow.com.

The Scuba Show team is working with convention center staff and closely following local and federal health guidelines to ensure this year’s in-person event is safe and successful

We are beyond excited to welcome the dive industry back to Long Beach in May!

Why Exhibit at SCUBA Show?

The SCUBA Show is held in a world-class venue and draws attendees from the Western states and beyond. Attendees come to learn about their options – and to become your customers.

The promotion for this year’s show will exceed any in the past. SCUBA Show has been America’s largest consumer dive expo for years. We are committed to keeping this the best show produced. The SCUBA Show is must-see for attendees – that makes it a must-do for exhibitors.

Ask your industry friends about the show.

Why California?

California is the #1 state in the US for number of divers and number of dive certifications. It is a magnet for divers from surrounding states. It’s also the country’s largest market for dive equipment sales and consistently at the top for dive travel.

For more information on Scuba Show, visit www.scubashow.com


Source: www.divenewswire.com

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