Marine Conservation Society launches brand new podcast, Oceancast

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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 Robertson-Brown

Nick and Caroline Robertson-Brown

Nick and Caroline Robertson-Brown are a husband and wife team of underwater photographers. Both have degrees in environmental biology from Manchester University, with Caroline also having a masters in animal behaviour. Nick is a fellow of the Royal Photographic Society in underwater wildlife photography and he also has a masters in teaching. They are passionate about marine conservation and hope that their images can inspire people to look after the world's seas and oceans. Their Manchester-based company, Frogfish Photography, offers a wide range of services and advice. They offer tuition with their own tailor made course - the Complete Underwater Photography Award. The modules of the course have been written to complement the corresponding chapters in Nick's own book: Underwater Photography Art and Techniques. They also offer equipment sales and underwater photography trips in the UK and abroad. For more information visit www.frogfishphotography.com.

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