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Stuart Cove’s Dive Bahamas Presents Series of Lionfish Derbies



Whether you thrive on the thrill of the chase, relish the heat of competition, or have a hankering for healthy reefs, Stuart Cove’s Lionfish Derby is an event you won’t want to miss.

A perfect excuse to escape to the warm, clear waters of the Bahamas for a festive long weekend, Stuart Cove’s four summer and fall Lionfish Derbies combine a unique underwater hunt with a fun-filled reef protection event, ample bottom time on Nassau’s beautiful reefs and a farewell evening of great food wrapped into one unforgettable getaway.

Lionfish are the only target of the hunt. As beautiful and exotic as they are, they are an invasive species in the Atlantic Ocean and present a serious and immediate danger to the local marine eco-system. Unlike their native Pacific Ocean, in these waters they have no natural enemy, so they reproduce fast and furiously. With a voracious appetite and aggressive predatory nature, they gorge on juvenile reef fish like grouper and snapper, wiping them out before they can breed and repopulate the waters. The only way to preserve this fragile marine environment is to eliminate them, and that’s the goal of the Derbies.

So, come join Stuart Cove’s and let the hunt – and the fun — begin! Your efforts will be rewarded!

In the spirit of a true Derby competition, coveted prizes will be awarded for the largest lionfish, the most lionfish and the largest free diving lionfish caught over the course of the event.

On the final evening of the Lionfish Derby, Stuart Cove’s will host a savory cookout with the weekend’s catch topping the bill of fare. Lionfish are surprisingly tasty and considered a delicacy in many parts of the world, and Stuart Cove’s own renowned Chef Bessie will prepare a feast of them for you, Bahamian style. The menu will feature lionfish Ceviche Bahamian style, fried and steamed with plenty of traditional peas and rice, coleslaw, all the fixings and ice cold Bahamian beers.

Stuart Cove’s exclusive 5-day/4-night Lionfish Derby package is available July 27-31, Aug 24-28, Sept 28-Oct 2, Oct 26-30.  The Package starts at $763 per person, double occupancy based on hotel selection. It includes courtesy pick up and drop off at your hotel, three full days of diving with Stuart Cove’s Dive Bahamas including a 2-tank Derby Dive each morning for lionfish hunting, a dedicated Derby dive boat and crew, pleasure diving in the afternoon to enjoy the rest of what Nassau’s underwater realm has to offer, tanks, weights and lionfish hunting gear, and the Lionfish Cookout.

Travel must be booked by October 15, 2017. To book your trip, visit Stuart Cove’s Dive Bahamas at, email or call 001 954-524-5755 or 800-879-9832.

Marine Life & Conservation

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.

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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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This is the perfect start to your 2021 diving season… and at an incredible lead-in price of just £885 per person.

Jump on board the latest addition to the Emperor fleet and enjoy diving the famous sites of the Red Sea with this fantastic special offer. This itinerary takes in the wonderful South & St Johns from 26 February – 05 March 2021.  

Subject to availability – limited flight seats at this price so don't delay!

Call Diverse Travel on 01473 852002 or email to book your spot!

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