We are very much Conservation and not just Conversation.
In 2012, species records stood at 900 now in 2017 it’s over 15,000. This includes rare sightings, Global warming indicators and commercially important food sources such as shellfish and crabs. If you want to see our local marine life, check out The Jersey Scuba Explorers Guide.
Evidence like this underpins how important our waters are; it cannot be ignored and is robust in policy formulation.
RAMSAR agreements (the convention giving status to important wetland areas) won’t secure sites from destruction by pollution and aggressive fishing practises. A new law is coming into force in Jersey, that will protect a small part of our precious Reefs. This would not have happened without our contribution.
There are still big areas that need to be included. We need to map our sites so we can then accurately define seabeds at a critical level.
Here’s where you can help. Each survey costs between £200 & £600. (£20,000 per year). Without the surveys and the scientific evidence this provides there won’t be any effective legislation.
We may be at rock bottom in our scuba gear but bubbles are definitely rising and we know the right profile to follow.
Get involved with a project you can be truly proud of. Your company will gain a great deal of kudos in a community where image is everything! To find out more and get in contact with us head over to our volunteer page or if you’re a potential sponsor ready to sponsor something different send us an email to firstname.lastname@example.org
Thanks for listening,
Kevin Mcilwee (Founder)