Tuesday, 30 October 2012

We all live in a yellow submarine... Dive 2012

The Sea Champions team and MCS staff had a fantastic weekend at Dive 2012. Not only did they welcome on board a record breaking 87 new members, 90 people pledged their support for Marine Protected Areas. You can show your support for marine protection too by pledging online here.

This years dive show was special because we had Bernard Eaton, Founder and Vice President of the Marine Conservation Society in our thoughts. Diver magazine raised an amazing £646.55 for us in his memory.

Explorer and presenter of BBC'S Oceans series, Paul Rose, paid a visit to our yellow submarine!

Tuesday, 23 October 2012

Inspiring the next generation!

Mini eco warrior chosen to front publicity campaign to encourage more people to pick up litter 

Eight year old Jack Bowes who attends Southdown Junior School in Sussex saw his school get overrun by giant inflatable marine creatures thanks to MCS and their school workshop. Here, Jack learned all about the impacts of marine litter to these creatures and was so inspired that he has taken to cleaning up the local beach himself.

He cleared 3 sacks of litter from the beach single handedly, and found quite a few unusual items including an assortment of footwear! Flipflops, shoes, socks, gloves, bottles, cans, fishing litter... all manner of things were collected. But Jack's work is not finished, he plans to return with classmates to help him clear the rest of the litter as soon as possible.

Not only was Jack moved by the workshop, he is an inspiration to others too. As a result of his hard work, he has been chosen to be the face of the Planet Whales Campaign on the lead up to Whalefest 2012 this weekend.

Inspiring the next generation is what the
Cool Seas Roadshow is all about, and Sea Champions can really help by promoting the roadshow with primary schools in your area. Email Coolseasroadshow@mcsuk.org for more information. 
Mini eco warrior Jack cleans up Newhaven beach


Thursday, 18 October 2012

Bexhill Beach Clean!

Family beach clean and education morning a great success

Sea Champions in South and South East England got to grips with a beach clean with the Bexhill Environmental Group (BEG) and Sussex Wildlife Trust - over sixty adults and children were there for the family event making it a great opportunity to teach the next generation all about the problems associated with beach litter.

BEG chairman, Michael Bernard, said, “Our event was a tremendous success and we are absolutely delighted. It was great to see so many children. The Raksha Cubs and pupils from St Richard’s were there in numbers and really enjoyed the whole thing.

If you'd like to get involved in a beach clean in your area this autumn, or even become a Beachwatch Organiser yourself, click here for more information.


Sea Champion Volunteer Coordinator Ed talks about the impacts of beach litter