"Scuba diving really has opened my eyes not only to many extraordinary sights, but also to the responsibilities that we have as guardians of the underwater world. Which is why, as BSAC's new President, I hope to continue my father's legacy of striving to preserve and protect our precious marine heritage and environment for future generations." - The Duke of Cambridge, HRH Prince William
As divers, we all have a love for our marine environment and a strong desire to protect it. To aid in this, MCD have an affiliation with the marine conservation body, Fathoms Free. They are a group of Volunteer Marine Conservationists, campaigning for marine protection and awareness.
Fathoms free mission is to bring to the public eye the huge quantities of plastics that sink. They survey, catalogue and remove marine debris from under the sea. Marine debris poses more than just an unsightly picture; it is a real threat to marine life. The figures are astounding; 8 million tons of plastic enter the sea every year, as a result 100,000 sea creatures and a million sea birds die annually, either by entanglement or ingestion.
As is probably clear from these figures, what divers can do alone is never going to be enough to resolve the issue. With a problem as diverse as the marine debris crisis, a multifaceted approach must be adopted. As such, DADVUK work alongside The National Trust, The Wildlife Trust, Surfers Against Sewage, the Mires Mor organisation, Rame Peninsular Beach Care, the Marine Conservation Society and World Animal Protection.
During the events, non-diving members conduct above-water beach cleans, record data and engage with the public. They need both diving and non-diving volunteers. So if you're interested in participating, or you would like to know more, please keep an eye out on their upcoming events here or visit their website and social media.