New Grants Announced

Eight UK marine conservation charities and projects are set to benefit from the fundraising efforts of scuba divers, sailors, surfers and cruise-goers, in our latest round of grants. The money, raised and donated by lovers of the sea, has been allocated by by our grants team.

Weve raised a very useful amount of money for this round of awards, said Helen Webb, Co-Founder of Sea-Changers. This means we can award up to £1,000 for some projects, which might not sound a lot, but it can make a lot of difference to projects around the UKs shores.


The latest round of grants will help support a diverse mix of good causes, from ‘citizen science’ projects which demonstrate the growing involvement of local communities in recording the species found around their local coastlines; to research into lobster populations to help ensure they are fished sustainably. Another interesting project will help establish a number of voluntary ‘Water Wardens’ around the Northumbrian coast.

Schools are very important to us as well. Were funding an exciting project in Devon to help school children understand the science of marine pollution and microplastics. Helen Webb, Co-Founder of Sea-Changers

Grant awards have been made to projects right around the UK, 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:

Baie Ny Carrickey Crustacean Fisheries Management Association (BNCCFMA) - To fund a project that will tag 2000 lobsters over the summer within the Baie Ny Carrickey closed area to enable more effective local management measures, such as increased minimum landing size of lobsters and population-forecasting.

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Fin Fighters - To run a citizen shark science programme that will radically enhance studies and data collection on specific species in the UK and around the Atlantic.

Bug Life – To part fund the National Seashell Survey Citizen Science project which is aimed at increasing the knowledge and recording of marine mollusc diversity across the UK coast.

Whale and Dolphin Conservation (WDC) – To buy equipment to be used by the Shorewatch volunteer-led citizen science project, co-ordinated from the Scottish Dolphin Centre on the Moray Firth.

Appledore Sustainable Fish – To promote the conservation of sharks that swim off the North Devon coast through a series of events involving the Shark Trust, community groups and churches and the Appledore Carnival.

Community of Arran Seabed Trust (COAST) - To increase awareness of South Arran Marine Protected Area (one of the first Scottish Marine Protected Areas (MPAs) to be legally enforced) through a pop-up exhibition (banners, leaflets and educational materials).

Northumberland Wildlife Trust – To establish a group of 15 Water Wardens who will adopt a stretch of coast and carry out regular litter picks, weighing and reporting on the litter collected.

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Sea Dream – To run an inter-school marine awareness campaign in South Devon with a focus on plastics in the ocean. Schools will take part in a combination of linked activities to contribute to actual research; including beachcombing, litter picking, performing timed specific distance litter surveys and, taking and analysing water and sediment samples to look for microplastics.

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