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Microbeads to be scrubbed out at last?

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The Marine Conservation Society (MCS) says it is delighted to hear that the UK Government is considering a ban on the use of microbeads in cosmetics and other products following many years of campaigning by MCS, their partners and supporters.

The Environment Minister Rory Stewart told the Commons last week: “If we cannot get a common position out of the European Union, we are open to the possibility of the UK acting unilaterally.” This followed a call for a possible EU-wide ban by the European Commission, made by Caroline Bearder MEP, that narrowly failed to achieve sufficient support from MEPs.

Carrie Hume, MCS Director of Conservation and Campaigns says: “MCS wholeheartedly welcomes this announcement. It is timely and shows leadership on the government’s part. Given how clear and alarming the evidence is, the UK can and should lead the way.”

Over more than twenty years, MCS has gathered data that illustrates the nature of the growing quantities of litter that are accumulating in our seas.

The charity has run public awareness campaigns, such as Scrub It Out, detailing how plastics have entered the seas and giving the public, industry and government the tools to reduce this.

MCS has spent many years of advocacy across the UK and at EU level, to influence policies on plastics where they are damaging the seas.

MCS has worked with a range of key players, most recently directly working with and through Greenpeace, Fauna and Flora International, Beat the Microbead and the Enviornmental Investigation Agency to secure a ban on the inclusion of microbeads in personal care products.

Carrie Hume continues: “This is a great step, which recognises the power of the coalition we are working in, and the supporters we all represent who demand these harmful ingredients be taken out.”

To find out more about the Marine Conservation Society visit www.mcsuk.org.

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21 Itineraries for 2021

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Blue O Two and their friends at WWDAS have announced their second instalment of the 21 Itineraries campaign.  It celebrates their wonderful staff contributions and highlights some of their favourite SCUBA diving liveaboard itineraries.

With many of them having an in-depth knowledge of the destinations, liveaboards and itineraries, who better to ask than the staff themselves? Some have extensive SCUBA diving experience, and others are beginners.  This helps to give every diver out there an idea of which SCUBA diving experience would best suit them.

A top destination for many, Egypt is definitely one of the favourites.  This time they focus on the Deep South itinerary, which ticks all the boxes for any diver wanting to cave dive, see thriving reefs and corals, enjoy breath-taking drop-offs, shark sightings and a vast array of marine life.

Photo by Simon Lorenz

Second on their staff’s SCUBA diving bucket-list this month is the Central Atolls itinerary in the Maldives.  This 7 night SCUBA diving adventure delights with an abundance of marine life, coral gardens and drift diving.  Not only is this the perfect destination for underwater photographers but you can also book yourself onto one of their PADI courses too.

Photo by Simon Lorenz

Last but not least, we are introduced to the beautiful Bahamas.  Bustling with lemon sharks, Caribbean reef sharks, tiger sharks, great hammerheads, nurse sharks and the occasional bull shark, this itinerary is definitely for…  you’ve guessed it, those shark lovers out there.

To start ticking off SCUBA diving bucket-lists and seek inspiration, check out their website for more information here: https://blog.blueotwo.com/21-itineraries-for-2021

Blue O Two and Master Liveaboards specialise in SCUBA diving liveaboard holidays, throughout 15 destinations, world-wide.  Their specialist SCUBA diving liveaboard trips cater for all levels of diver, from beginner to advanced.  Whether you are looking for the rocky landscape of the Galapagos to the white sands and crystal waters of the Maldives, the range of itineraries catered for is vast, offering different experiences, to ensure everyone’s SCUBA diving holiday needs are covered.

Visit the Blue O Two website at www.blueotwo.com


Header photo by Robert Wilpernig

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Jeff chats to… Chloe Hurst, overall winner of the See You at the Sea Festival Film Competition (Watch Video)

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In this exclusive Zoom interview, Jeff Goodman, Scubaverse Editor-at-large, chats to Chloe Hurst, winner of 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.

Chloe’s film – Waves of Change – can be seen here:

Second 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 we will be sharing one video in which Jeff talks with the young contestants about their films and what inspired them.


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