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New marine conservation charity Sea—Changers has allocated its first small grant to the National Lobster Hatchery in Padstow, Cornwall. The donation of £500 will be formally handed over when Sea-Changers visit the Hatchery on 13th September 2012. The money will go towards feed for the baby lobsters that the Hatchery nurtures for release back into the wild.

 

Sea-Changers is delighted to announce that writer, journalist, marine campaigner, dive-fisherman and owner of the Ethical Shellfish Company Guy Grieve has agreed to be one of its patrons. Guy will work with Sea-Changers to help promote its activities, heighten the profile of their fundraising model and recruit support amongst its core audiences of UK marine businesses and their customers, who are active in or on the sea. Guy’s appointment follows that of Maya Plass who has been working as a Sea-Changer patron since May.

  

Sea-Changers is urging all of those who love the sea and enjoy the UK’s coasts, to think more about the marine environment and to contribute to its preservation this July and August.

Helen Webb, Co-Founder of Sea-Changers explained: “It’s a simple idea really. Many people love the UK’s coasts and seas and in the Summer, thousands of us flock to the coast to paddle, sail, surf, dive or simply take the sea air. So many people have a passion for the oceans. This much loved environment, meanwhile is in crisis with too many fish being taken out and too much pollution and rubbish being thrown in. We thought: ‘What if we could put a turnstile on the sea and everyone who went there this summer donated £1 to marine conservation work’? It isn’t a lot to ask. So we’ve set up a simple text donation service so they can do just that. In addition, there are lots of small actions that people can take when they are at the seaside to ensure they don’t contribute to making the problems worse. Our campaign will give people simple ways that they can make a difference.”

The ‘Be a Summer Sea-Changer’ campaign will include:

       

In July 2012 Sea-Changers commissioned an online survey aimed at the scuba diving public. We wanted to find out if those who enjoy diving as a leisure pursuit are concerned about the marine environment and conservation issues. The results have been fascinating and provide useful insights and pointers as to the views and first hand experiences of those closest to what is happening in our oceans – the only people who are seeing it with their own eyes– scuba divers.

 

Sea-Changers is delighted to announce that marine ecology and coastal expert Maya Plass has agreed to be its first patron. Maya will help the charity take its activities to the next level. She will work with Sea-Changers to heighten the profile of their fundraising model and recruit support amongst its core audiences of UK marine businesses and their customers, who are active in or on the sea.

  

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