New Round of Grants Announced

Scuba divers, sailors, surfers, cruisers and other sea-users have supported six UK marine conservation charities and projects through Sea-Changers’ latest round of funds. The money, raised by sea-users wanting to contribute to the marine environment they love, was allocated by Sea-Changers through its latest grant allocation process, which saw grants ranging from £400 to £1,000 to six projects across the UK.


The chosen projects include vital research to support marine protected areas and to gather a better understanding of key species and the degree to which UK waters are becoming polluted. They also include community based education projects to increase awareness of marine conservation issues and change behaviours. Projects are spread right around the UK with some having a national coverage and others being based in local communities – they are spread from Scotland to the South West and from the Isle of Man to the north-east of England.

Grants have been made to the following organisations and projects:

Newquay Marine Group – To fund a pilot of their proposed Beach Ranger project, whereby a dedicated Beach ranger will work with local business and the community to significantly reduce beach litter in the town.

Cetacean Research and Rescue Unit (CRRU) – Undertaking vital research to inform and assist in the implementation of the first ever Marine Protected Area proposed for Minke whales in UK inshore waters (in the Moray Firth.)

Tucked In Productions – To support production and dissemination of a video of ‘Leaper: A Fish Tale’, a new play for children highlighting the importance of protecting marine ecosystems around the UK against destructive fishing methods and pollution.

Stable Isotope Biogeochemistry Laboratory (SIBL) – To fund a scientific project to develop the use of nitrogen isotope signatures in macroalgae (seaweed) as a bio-monitoring tool in coastal regions of the north-east of England. The outcome will enable a continuous, efficient and a low-cost method for monitoring coastal pollution which could be applied right around the UK.

Refill Bristol – For the development of a fun, engaging film to highlight the successful launch of Refill Bristol; a practical campaign to make Bristol a city in which refilling your water bottle becomes a cultural norm, with refill points on every street, via cafes, retailers, hotels and businesses.

Manx Whale and Dolphin Watch - To design and produce a sea user’s record book enabling sea-users around the Isle of Man to record sightings of cetaceans and basking sharks whilst at sea.

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