Conservation

London Scuba ia actively involved with several conservation groups. If you would like to get involved please use the links below.

 
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Our seas and the life within them are in danger from pollution, rubbish dumping, land development and its resulting run-off and overfishing. There are a lot things each one of us can do to help preserve, restore and protect the seas. London Scuba has created alliances with the following organisations because we want to help them make a difference.

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Global Vision International
Award winning conservation and research expeditions. GVI send out approximately 1,500 volunteers per year on a variety of responsibly run projects and expeditions. Marine and Coastal habitat conservation are critical themes for GVI's expeditions, for more information visit: www.gvi.co.uk

Global Vision International promotes sustainable solutions for a rapidly changing world by matching the general public with international environmentalists, researchers and pioneering educators.

Diving project destinations:
Marine conservation Expedition in Mexico (two expeditions)
Marine Conservation Expedition in the Seychelles
Other coastal/marine conservation orientated programmes
Marine Mammals, community development and wildlife research in Kenya
Coastal rainforest and wildlife expedition in Costa Rica
Volunteer with Humpback whales in Brazil
Conserve Leatherback Turtles In Panama
Programmes vary in length from 2-15 weeks.

Who can join an expedition?
Scuba training can be provided by Global Vision staff at the expedition site but London scuba has
established a partnership with GVI to provide volunteers with Try Dive opportunities and training up to
PADI Advanced level. Click here for more information. No science qualifications are needed as all
training is given. Fundraising advice and support is also provided.

GVI are proud to have recently become official Project AWARE partners in recognition of the conservation work they are so actively involved in. Through the efforts of the staff and volunteers, GVI have been awarded many accolades, including grant funding three times in the last 2 years, for work with turtle nesting, environmental education and marine zonation schemes. GVI have also recently won the Coral Reef Alliance photo competition for Dive in to Earth day.

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Bite-Back Marine Conservation
UK's only organisation dedicated to the protection of sharks by reducing consumer demand for its meat and fins
www.bite-back.com

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It's hard to believe that the British has any fascination with eating shark, yet more than 3,290 tonnes of shark meat and fins were consumed in the UK last year, contributing to the death of 270,000 sharks worldwide EACH DAY.

London Scuba finds this statistic abhorrent and unforgivable. That's why we have teamed up with www.bite-back.com. This pioneering and upfront organisation is dedicated to removing consumer demand for five specific fish species including shark, marlin, swordfish, monkfish and orange roughy - each overfished to meet demand and now threatened with extinction. By removing consumer demand for these species Bite-Back plans to dramatically alter the market dynamics, ultimately reversing a rapid slide towards extinction. In simple terms, when we stop buying it, they'll stop killing it. They are also campaigning for lower levels of oceanic pollution and protecting fragile coral reefs.

Likened to a scuba version of Surfers Against Sewage, Bite-Back is spearheading an email campaign, directly targeting supermarket chains that trade in these fish species. Amongst its supporters is World Champion Freediver, Tanya Streeter, best-selling author of Neutral Buoyancy, Tim Ecott, who has presented to London Scuba members early in 2004 and Hollywood actor, Jack Davenport. London Scuba wants all its members to visit www.bite-back.com, get to know the issues and register the campaign emails with each of the offending supermarkets. Then:

  • stop buying these identified fish
  • encourage others to stop buying these fish
  • download and present the Bite-Back leaflet to offending retailers
  • invite everyone to visit the web site and do the same

 

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European Basking Shark Identification Project (EBSIP)

www.baskingsharks.co.uk

The European Basking Shark Identification Project (EBSPIP) aims to build a catalogue of digital photo-identification images and associated data on Basking sharks in British waters.

In the marine environment photo-identification has transformed the study of many whale species and is thought to have potential as a viable technique for basking sharks. Photo-identification potentially provides
a powerful technique for studying live sharks in their natural environment. It will aid in understanding life histories and shark movements - especially important for an enigmatic species such as the basking
shark. Images should show dorsal fins.

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