The Scuba.Digital team has had a very long but rewarding weekend. Though the attended numbers were lower than they would have liked, those that did attend have given them glowing feedback and are looking forward to next year already.
They on the other hand are looking forward to a bit of a break. It takes a lot of planning and effort to put on a show like this, especially online, but in doing so they have broken new ground and given themselves a challenge to make it bigger and better for next year.
By attending Scuba.Digital, their exhibitors have saved on hundreds of flights, loads transportation, hotels, staff, food & drink and so have their attendees. Hopefully Scuba.Digital will also challenge other dive shows to deliver their shows in a more sustainable way that is good for the environment and ultimately good for our oceans.
The Scuba.Digital team wants to express their gratitude towards their sponsors and partners Global Underwater Explorers and DAN Europe for their support and participation in Scuba.Digital 2020 and they are looking forward to working with them again.
So let’s dive into some numbers: Scuba.Digital – The #1 Online Dive Show had 800 attendees from all parts of the globe and 200 exhibitors including 30 resorts, 27 liveaboard operators, 22 dive centres & liveaboards, 23 travel agents and consultants, 7 manufacturers, 6 magazines, 5 diving agencies, 5 conservation organisations, and loads more. In addition, 150 stage and session presentations have covered a huge variation of topics.
And above all, prizes worth $50,000 were given out, donated by the following generous sponsors:
PT Inner Seas Adventures, Baja My Love, Dive Travel Curaçao, The Napoleon Divers, Dream Weaver Travel, Liquid Diving Adventures, Emperor Divers, Diveplanit Travel & Dive Munda, Indigo Safaris, Snorklean, Fundiving Curaçao & Goby Divers, Golden Rock Dive Center, Elite Diving, Nautilus Dive Adventures, ScubaGaskets, RAID North America & Dive Flag Jewelery.
The Scuba.Digital team hopes to see you all again in 2021 in a hopefully reopened world. Stay safe and keep on diving!
BLUE EARTH – Future Frogmen Podcast Series – Deep-Sea Stories From a Shadow Diver: a conversation with Richie Kohler
A series of conservation educational podcasts from Future Frogmen, introduced by Jeff Goodman.
Deep Sea Stories From a Shadow Diver: a conversation with Richie Kohler.
This episode of the Blue Earth Podcast is a conversation with Richie Kohler. He’s an explorer, technical wreck diver, shipwreck historian, filmmaker, and author.
Richie was featured in Robert Kurson’s incredible book “Shadow Divers ”. It’s a thrilling true story about Richie and John Chatterton’s quest to identify the wreck of an unknown WWII German U-boat (submarine), 65 miles off the coast of New Jersey. They dedicated six years of their lives attempting to identify the wreck.
Richie has travelled the world and explored many deep wrecks, including the Andrea Doria, Titanic, and Britannic. He’s the author of “Mystery of The Last Olympian” about the Britannic.
Richard E Hyman Bio
Richard is the Chairman and President of Future Frogmen.
Born from mentoring and love of the ocean, Richard is developing an impactful non-profit organization. His memoir, FROGMEN, details expeditions aboard Jacques-Yves Cousteau’s famed ship Calypso.
Future Frogmen, Inc. is a nonprofit organization and public charity that works to improve ocean health by deepening the connection between people and nature. They foster ocean ambassadors and future leaders to protect the ocean by accomplishing five objectives.
You can find more episodes and information at www.futurefrogmen.org and on most social platforms @futurefrogmen.
New Fisheries Act misses the mark on sustainability, but what now?
The UK’s landmark post-Brexit fisheries legislation has now become law. The Fisheries Act, the first legislation of its kind in nearly 40 years, will shape how the UK’s seas are fished for years to come.
The Marine Conservation Society, which campaigned for amendments to the legislation throughout its development, is disappointed by the removal of key sustainability amendments and by the removal of a commitment to rolling out Remote Electronic Monitoring.
The charity has committed to pushing the UK Government to go further than the framework which the Fisheries Act sets out, with greater ambition for the state of UK seas.
Sandy Luk, Chief Executive of the Marine Conservation Society said: “UK Government and devolved administrations must act urgently to deliver climate and nature smart fisheries under the new Fisheries Act. This is a key condition if our seas are to recover to good health. The UK Government removed key amendments from the legislation while making promises on sustainability and the introduction of remote electronic monitoring. We will continue to hold the government to account over these promises.”
“I’m pleased to see the recognition of the important role fisheries play in our fight against the climate emergency. However, even with a climate change objective in the Act, actions speak louder than words. We must get to work delivering sustainable fisheries management, which will have a huge benefit to our seas, wildlife and the communities which depend upon them.”
The Fisheries Act has become law against a backdrop of the ocean’s declining health. UK waters are currently failing to meet 11 out of 15 indicators of good ocean health and over a third of fish in UK waters are being caught at levels which cannot continue into the future. Whilst the legislation failed to address some of the more pressing issues facing UK seas, including overfishing, there is still an opportunity to affect change in the years which follow.
Sam Stone, Head of Fisheries at the Marine Conservation Society said: “The Fisheries Act marks the start of a new era of fisheries management in the UK, but the next two years will be critical in defining what this looks like. The new Act has some good objectives, but we now need to come together to make sure it really delivers the on-water change that is desperately needed for ocean recovery.
“There is genuine opportunity to create fisheries that deliver for coastal communities and for the environment, but it means moving away from ‘business-as-usual’. The UK and devolved governments now have the powers to move forward with progressive new management in their waters. That means proper incentives for low impact fishing, proper monitoring of catches and proper commitments to sustainable fishing.
“In the short term, the four nations must work together to make impactful changes, starting by addressing the UK’s most at risk fish stocks. Recovery plans are needed for our depleted stocks, including new catch limits, selectivity and avoidance measures, protection of vital habitats and fully documented catches. Rolling out Remote Electronic Monitoring with cameras on larger vessels throughout the UK should be top of the agenda if future policy is to be as well informed as possible.”
For more information about the Fisheries Bill and the Marine Conservation Society’s work, visit the charity’s website.
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