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15th March 12

BSAC gets set to make waves

BSAC's new marine environment pledge is to be launched at this year’s London International Dive Show.

The Divers Making Waves…to protect our seas initiative has beenMaking Waves created to underpin BSAC’s commitment to a rolling programme of marine environment activity throughout 2012, and beyond.

From engaging BSAC members in the issues currently facing the UK’s marine environment and providing online resources and information through to galvanising divers to get directly involved, BSAC hope that Making Waves will live up to its name.

Making Waves will be showcased at LIDS on 31 March/1 April, starting with a joint initiative with the Marine Conservation Society (MCS) to get visitors to the Excel-based show to sign a pledge for a full UK network of Marine Conservation Zones. The BSAC stand will also be plastic bag free at the show.

Other Making Waves 2012 activity in the pipeline include a new online resource section for BSAC members on bsac.com, working with the Plastic Oceans Foundation and working closely with MCS throughout the year as they campaign for a full network of marine zones.

BSAC will also be engaging BSAC members in a new ‘Underwater Litterpick’ campaign later in the summer. Full details on the campaign will be reported in SCUBA.

BSAC Chair and marine biologist Clare Peddie said Making Waves has been introduced as a call to action to BSAC members to get involved.

“As the sport’s UK governing body and as a membership organisation, we have to stand up and be counted when it comes to the marine environment. As divers we are in a privileged position in that we are able to witness the diversity and beauty of our own coastline but we also get to see first-hand the issues that this environment faces.

“We need to make positive waves now to make a real and long-lasting difference to the health and sustainability of the UK’s seas.”

More information on Making Waves and how you and your club can get involved.