NUPG 10th June Meeting Report

The June NUPG meeting saw Wendy Northway give a talk on the vital work of Seasearch. Seasearch is a volunteer led national project for divers to collect information to be used for marine conservation. It started some 30 years ago as an initiative started by the Marine Conservation Society. There are coordinators all around the UK, and Wendy covers the North West region running from Liverpool Bay to Morecambe Bay.

Wendy’s fascinating talk covered conservation and the threats to our marine life, the vital mapping of species and how this is used to protect species, training and the courses offered by Seasearch and the particular challenges of the North-West region. Wendy’s enthusiasm shined and hopefully NUPG members will be organising their own training later in the year.

For more information about Seasearch visit their website by clicking here.

The competition theme this month was “Spots”. The winner was John Spencer with his shot of a Greasy Grouper from the Red Sea. John also took one of the joint runner-up places with his shot from Loch Leven of a Leopard-spotted Goby.

Caroline Robertson-Brown took the other runner-up place with her image of a Whale Shark from The Philippines.

The compact category winner was Keith Major.

The next NUPG meeting will be on Monday 8th July. This will be a special meeting to honour the Scapa Centenary, with talks from Oli van Overbeek and Alex Tasker about their recent trips to dive the Scapa fleet. The competition theme is “Crustaceans”

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