Meet some Sea Champions

Meet some Sea Champions

Here are a few of our Sea Champions with information about some of the things that they have been doing.

Libby Darling

Life’s a beach…”ain’t that the truth” for all of us Sea Champions! I became a Sea Champion as I was setting up a (now seven year old) volunteer group called “GRAB”, working closely with our local community, cleaning our beaches, teaching on the beach and sharing precious information about the local wild life we are helping to protect. I have also been working with local schools with support from my MCS coordinators Ed Santry and Kate Whitton.

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Tom Burd - from Burton on Trent

Having been a keen scuba diver and photographer for the past ten years, I’ve developed a true passion for the underwater world. It was therefore only natural to become a Sea Champion as soon as I got to university, to help protect the marine life that I love seeing! This was also a great opportunity for me to develop my self confidence and leadership qualities whilst doing something rewarding.

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Vicky Saunders - form Rayleigh, Essex

I’ve always been passionate about environmental issues and am currently working towards a degree in Environmental Studies. In the future I’d love to specialise in marine conservation as protecting marine wildlife is particularly close to my heart. I became a Sea Champion to meet like minded people and to share my excitement with others!

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Karli Drinkwater - from London

To make a difference we need to work together. I became a Sea Champion to join up with others who want to protect our precious seas before the damage is irreversible. We can all make a change individually, by choosing to eat only sustainably sourced fish and to stop using plastic bags for example, but being part of a group means you can bounce ideas off each other to make an impact. Since joining the crew I have met like-minded people full of enthusiasm and it’s given me hope that we can turn things around.

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Alex Milden - from Lostwithiel, Cornwall

I became a Sea Champion because I’ve been trying to find the right volunteering programme for me – at university there are so many options to volunteer but being a Sea Champion allows me to tailor my volunteering to suit my interests and my free time. Sea Champions is helping me gain a lot of experience in the field.

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Margaret Harrison - from Linlithgow

I am a keen birdwatcher, and sea bird watching is one of my biggest pleasures. I have become concerned that so many of our sea birds are in long term decline and was dismayed some years ago to visit a cliff site which in my childhood was alive with birds to see it practically deserted, with virtually no chicks. I am particularly pleased that the Marine Conservation Society has campaigned so vigorously to Government to establish marine protected areas around our coastline.

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Paul Nusinov - from Swansea

I’ve been a SCUBA diver for 22 years and I’m now Dive Officer at the Swansea Yacht and Sub Aqua Club, putting me in a perfect position to organise underwater litter picks. I became a Sea Champion as I’m keen to spread the word about the amazing life that lives beneath the waves and what people can do to look after our seas.

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Gemma Freeman - from Middlesex

Surfing in Morocco was a wake up call as to what our oceans would become if we all stopped caring. Dodging oil, plastic bags, and other dubious foamy sunstances when duckdiving waves, and being surrounded by plastic bottles, human waste, syringes and broken glass on the beach, made me even more appreciative of our stunning coasts, and their protection, at home in the UK.

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Sarah Conner - from Edinburgh

I became Scotland’s first Sea Champion as I am a vegan, a diver and have always wanted to help and support those that need it. By volunteering with MCS I hope to share my passion for the natural world, especially the marine world so people can understand what we are trying to conserve.

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Tammy Palmer - from Exeter

I have a background in marine science and coastal engineering, and obtained a PhD in the prediction of sea waves. I became a Sea Champion as I have a strong interest in protecting the marine environment and wanted to be involved in this in a more direct way.

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