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Marine Conservation Society launches brand new podcast, Oceancast



Oceancast, launched on 17th August 2020, aims to connect even more people to the ocean, through conversations with experts and passionate ocean lovers.

The Marine Conservation Society‘s brand new podcast, Oceancast, launches today, 17th August 2020. The podcast series is designed to connect people to the ocean, no matter how near or far from the coast they may be.

Driven by a desire to connect listeners to the ocean, whether they have a beach on their doorstep or haven’t seen the sea since lockdown started. The charity’s previous research found that 77% of people who had visited the sea in the past year felt happier and 81% felt healthier when they were by the coast and sea. Additionally, 69% of people who had visited the coast and sea in the last 12 months said they felt the benefit of that time even when far from it.

Bringing the ocean indoors, the first episode of Oceancast will be hosted by Marine Conservation Society Ocean Ambassador, Fernando Montaño, a soloist with The Royal Ballet. Fernando developed a strong love of the ocean whilst growing up on the Pacific coast in Colombia, and has become increasingly horrified by the decreasing health of the ocean, leading to his work with the charity.

Fernando chats with fellow Ocean Ambassadors, TV presenters Simon Reeve and Miranda Krestovnikoff, about their love of the sea, and three time world champion hurdler Colin Jackson talks about his passion for living above Cardiff Bay.  Fernando also catches up with West End violinist, Jonathan Hill, known for playing Il Mare – a violin made out of driftwood.

Fernando Montaño: “It was really wonderful for me to get to know some of the other Ocean Ambassadors but also the experts who work within the charity. I think the power of our voices through a platform like a podcast means we will engage with more people and give them a very clear message that will help them to understand the issue we face and how we can all be more proactive.

Each episode of Oceancast will explore issues facing UK seas and offer advice and tips on how we all can make changes in our daily lives that will help ease the pressures on the ocean. Whether through shopping habits, how clothes are washed, or the seafood choices that are made, everything we do can have an impact on the ocean.

This first episode was produced for the Marine Conservation Society by Danny Garlick.

Oceancast will be available via Anchor or from your usual podcast provider; simply search ‘Oceancast’. 

Nick and Caroline (Frogfish Photography) are a married couple of conservation driven underwater photo-journalists and authors. Both have honours degrees from Manchester University, in Environmental Biology and Biology respectively, with Nick being a Fellow of the Royal Photographic Society, a former high school science teacher with a DipEd in Teaching Studies. Caroline has an MSc in Animal Behaviour specializing in Caribbean Ecology. They are multiple award-winning photographers and along with 4 published books, feature regularly in the diving, wildlife and international press They are the Underwater Photography and Deputy Editors at Scubaverse and Dive Travel Adventures. Winners of the Caribbean Tourism Organization Photo-journalist of the Year for a feature on Shark Diving in The Bahamas, and they have been placed in every year they have entered. Nick and Caroline regularly use their free time to visit schools, both in the UK and on their travels, to discuss the important issues of marine conservation, sharks and plastic pollution. They are ambassadors for Sharks4Kids and founders of SeaStraw. They are Dive Ambassadors for The Islands of The Bahamas and are supported by Mares, Paralenz, Nauticam and Olympus. To find out more visit

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Jeff chats to… Veronica Cowley, a contestant in the See You at the Sea Festival Film Competition (Watch Video)



In this exclusive Zoom interview, Jeff Goodman, Scubaverse Editor-at-large, chats to Veronica Cowley, a contestant in the See You at the Sea Festival Film Competition. The See you at the Sea Festival was an online film festival created by young people, for young people.

Veronica’s film – Worse things Happen at Sea – can be seen here:

Sixth and final in a series of six videos about the competition. Watch the first video HERE with Jenn Sandiford – Youth Engagement Officer with the Your Shore Beach Rangers Project and the Cornwall Wildlife Trust – to find out more about the Competition. Each day this week will be sharing one video in which Jeff talks with the young contestants about their films and what inspired them.

For more information please visit:

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Peli proud to support COVID-19 vaccine distribution



We know Peli from its popular camera cases, but from discovery to distribution, Peli’s temperature-controlled packaging is now delivering COVID-19 vaccines all over Europe and the Middle East

With the pandemic recovery just underway, COVID-19 vaccines and therapies are rapidly becoming available for use and they must be safely distributed worldwide, within their required temperature range. Peli’s BioThermal™ division is providing temperature-controlled packaging to meet this critical moment, protecting these crucial payloads.

Peli’s innovative cold chain packaging has been trusted for nearly 20 years by pharmaceutical manufacturers to safely ship their life-saving products around the world. To meet the current challenge, they have adapted their existing products to provide deep frozen temperatures when required for the newly developed life sciences materials. Current and new offerings will ensure the cold chain is maintained throughout the vaccine or therapy’s journey, maximising efficacy and patient health.

“We know that pharmaceutical companies are in all phases of the development process for vaccines and therapeutics and working tirelessly to bring safe and effective drug products to market quickly,” said Greg Wheatley, Vice President of Worldwide New Product Development and Engineering at Peli BioThermal. “Our engineering team matched this urgency to ensure they have the correct temperature-controlled packaging to meet them where they’re at in drug development for the pandemic recovery, from discovery to distribution.”

Peli BioThermal’s deep frozen products use phase change material (PCM) and dry ice systems to provide frozen payload protection with durations from 72 hours to 144+ hours. Payload capacities range from 1 to 96 litres for parcel shippers and 140 to 1,686 litres for pallet shippers.

New deep-frozen solutions are ideal for short-term vaccine storage, redirect courier transport of vaccines from freezer farm hubs to immunisation locations and daily vaccine replenishment to remote and rural areas.

Peli BioThermal temperature-controlled packaging is currently being used to distribute COVID-19 vaccines and therapeutics, either directly or through global transportation providers, in Denmark, France, Italy, Germany, Spain, Sweden, and the UK as well as in Kuwait and Saudi Arabia in the Middle East, with more countries set to join the list as the pandemic recovery process rolls out.

To learn more about the wide range of deep frozen Peli BioThermal shippers, visit and for more information.

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