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Marine Conservation Society announces new partnership with international diving organisation

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Marine Conservation Society to benefit from dive holiday website bookings  

logoThe Marine Conservation Society (MCS) has teamed up with international diving holiday website, Divebooker.com. The relationship will help raise funds to ensure the charity can continue its work for cleaner seas and beaches, sustainable fisheries and better protection for marine wildlife and habitats.

Divebooker.com, which was set up three years ago, collaborates with over 1000 dive centres and liveaboard dive operators worldwide and provides a range of diving trips, packages and courses online.

Divebooker.com will be donating £5 to MCS for every £100 spent, as well as encouraging individual donations from their online customers.

The idea for the new partnership came about after the two organisations met at the Dive Show in Birmingham last year.

CEO and Divebooker.com Co-founder Eugene Bessonov says he’s very excited about launching this new partnership with MCS: “The charity’s ethos chimes perfectly with ours; as diving specialists, we are totally committed to making our marine environment a better place for everyone. We’re looking forward to a fruitful relationship with MCS to not only help raise awareness of the importance of the need to look after our precious marine wildlife, but also to encourage more people to support the charity’s aims and campaigns now and into the future.”

MCS Chief Executive, Mrs Sam Fanshawe said: “We’re delighted and extremely grateful to Divebooker for their generous support of MCS. As well as raising vital funds for our work, partnering with Divebooker enables us to convey our messages to a global audience who see at first hand the problems facing our oceans.”

For further information, go to www.mcsuk.org/divebooker.

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Gear Review: MK19 Evo/D420/R195 Octo Dive Regulator System from Scubapro (Watch Video)

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In a video shot exclusively for Scubaverse.com, Jeff Goodman reviews the MK19 Evo/D420/R195 Octo Dive Regulator System from Scubapro.

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Scubaverse meet the Ullapool Sea Savers

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On a recent trip to the Highlands of Scotland we met up with an amazing bunch of ocean conservationists called the Ullapool Sea Savers. They are a passionate group of young people based in the beautiful coastal town of Ullapool who are working to protect the marine environment around them and it was a real pleasure to hear their ideas and to witness just how committed they are to their cause.

They are a group run by kids for kids, in response to the inspirational work of local marine campaigner Noel Hawkins. Their core premise is that people will protect what they love and they aim to show people just how much there is to love about the sea. The Ullapool Sea Savers keep things positive and work to inspire those around them and each other.

Each Sea Saver is a Species Champion, and they nominate their preferred species, learn all about them and then present a “fact fie” to the rest of the group. This ties in with the Species Champion Initiative launched by Scottish Environment LINK which asks Members of the Scottish Parliament (MSPs) to lend political support to the protection of Scotland’s threatened wildlife by becoming ‘Species Champions’. This has led to some great support from MSPs when it comes to campaigning, such as Maree Todd MSP and Minister for Children and Young People (who is also from Ullapool which helped!) becoming the Flameshell Species Champion and working closely with Caillin who is Flameshell Ambassador for the Ullapool Sea Savers. Similarly, Gail Ross MSP for our region, took on the role of Seagrass Species Champion and helped USS campaign against plans to allow Mechanical Kelp Extraction (Dredging!) to be given the go ahead in Scotland. There are plenty more example of this great partnering scheme here.

On top of this, the Ullapool Sea Savers have formed pods, and each small group selects a local campaign to work on, with the “New Wave” working on a “Drain Campaign” to educate people that litter dropped on the street ends up in the surrounding sea. They recently surveyed the litter by the first drain in the campaign and found over 300 cigarette butts that would have all washed out to sea during the next rainfall.

The “Blue Starfish” are working on a crisp packet recycling campaign, starting at the local school with hopes to widen the scale going forward. There is now also the newly formed Seal Pups Pod and we look forward to seeing what campaign they decide to focus on.

Many of the group have passed qualifications in snorkeling, diving, boat handling and they are currently learning to operate an ROV that they plan to use to mark underwater litter and ghost nets so it can be retrieved by divers. The group are also regularly found litter-picking along the coastline. As a group they have a powerful voice and recently won the Sunday Mail, Young Scot Awards 2021 for the Environment Category.

The older kids mentor some of the younger ones that are new to joining the group and what really struck us on meeting the group was how keen they were to pass on their wealth of knowledge and their passion for ocean conservation. We chatted to them about what we do and told them about some of our favourite marine life encounters from around the world. I hope we inspired them just a fraction as much as they inspired us! 

To find out more about the Ullapool Sea Savers you can visit their website by clicking here.

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