Category: conservation

Green Fins International Year of the Reef Camp…

Green Fins International Year of the Reef Campaign – #RedefineTheDive (click for full size)

Did you know that 70% of divers make contact with the reef at least once on a dive? Here are ways you and your dive guide can reduce that! Reducing local threats to reefs keeps them resilient in the face of global changes and every little bit helps.

Very proud of our team and in particular our colleague Jula for spearheading this! Special thanks to Magazine who helped create this. Now the shameless plug to help support our work with the chance to win a Caribbean liveaboard dive trip! I’d enter if I could, but I can’t. I’ll leave that to you guys, just click here

If you look closely, this little commensal shr…

If you look closely, this little commensal shrimp is carrying eggs. I pretty much never spot if it’s pregnant or not until I can zoom in on the photo. Happy Easter all! 

Species: Periclimenes tosaensis

This photo was taken without manipulating or moving the animal, without lying on coral or touching the reef to balance. This photo was taken without excessive flash which can stress animals. If you can’t get in close enough with your buoyancy, take your photos in raw and zoom in. No photo is worth the damage. 

Follow on from my last post. Don’t ever think …

Follow on from my last post. Don’t ever think that you as one person, just you, can’t make a difference! 


Sea turtles return to Mumbai beach after 20-ye…

Sea turtles return to Mumbai beach after 20-year absence:

Have you heard the story of one person who inspired a community to clear up a beach covered in 5.5 m of trash? Take a second and absorb that fact. 5.5m. It’s one of my favourite examples of how individual action can lead to a movement of change. 

A conservation achievement in itself, it has also lead to this fantastic news! What better stamp of approval than from Mother Nature herself.  

scienceshark12:“Fading Memories” A commentary…


“Fading Memories”
A commentary on ocean acidification and how it effects more than just shelled organisms.

This year has been declared the International …

This year has been declared the International Year of the Reef. In honour of our coral friends, my friend and colleague who runs our communications at Reef-World has created this awesome Green Fins campaign. This first part is one of my faves. Diving gives us access to the magical world of reefs, and if we aren’t careful, those small fin kicks you make that hit the coral can add up to be a huge impact. We’re REDEFINING THE DIVE and allowing reefs to be more resilient to climate change. ^^Up there you can see the problem^^ and watch this space for the solution. 

If you want to spread these messages yourself, you can find all the graphics here. If you want to learn more, check out the article I wrote. Every kick counts so if you’re diving or snorkelling, keep those #FinsUp! 

#SeatizenSunday: Samantha Craven, The Reef-Wor…

#SeatizenSunday: Samantha Craven, The Reef-World Foundation | Marine conservation in the Philippines | Save Philippine Seas:

Save Philippine Seas feature one “seatizen” each Sunday. Last week it was me! Click the link to read more.

Thanks for the interview guys, love sharing my inspirocean with you.  

Billions of pieces of plastic on coral reefs s…

Billions of pieces of plastic on coral reefs send disease soaring, research reveals:

This study didn’t originate as a plastic one, but they couldn’t avoid it. The correlation between plastic and disease was strong across 159 reefs over three years. That is terrifying. 

  • Coral reefs in the [Asia Pacific] region are contaminated with ~11bn pieces of plastic
  • At least 8 million tonnes of plastic enter the ocean every year 
  • The correlation between plastic pollution and high rates of disease was very striking  
  • Researchers think sharp plastic fragments cut the coral organisms, while plastic fabrics smother them and block out light and oxygen.
  • “Plastics are ideal vessels for microorganisms, with pits and pores, so it’s like cutting yourself with a really dirty knife.”


Your single-use plastic use may be a drop in the ocean, but it ALL counts. I’ve not managed to get rid of all plastic, but here’s what I do:

– Worked on saying “No straw” and “No plastic bag” automatically when ordering or shopping. The straw one was hard to keep remembering, but it’s habit now. 

– Bring my own containers if I buy meat at the supermarket so it doesn’t go in a plastic bag. They just stick the price label on the lid. 

– Buy my veggies from the local market, they’re always wrapped in plastic in the supermarket. Obviously bringing my own shopping bags.

– Try to buy the products that don’t come with plastic packaging or buy in bulk so it’s less

– Shifting to more natural “beauty products” so I don’t have to keep buying the packaged stuff. I use virgin coconut oil as a cleanser, and have started buying Lush no-packaging shampoos etc when I can. 

– Bring my own boxes for takeaways. Asking for pizza leftovers in foil, not plastic. 

– Shifting to glass Tupperware and metal wire hangers. 

– Use beeswax wraps instead of cling wrap.

– I can’t bring myself to buy plastic jewellery anymore, it just seems so superfluous, or little plastic trinkets. Luckily Lumago is right on my door step. 

Living in Philippines, a tropical country with humidity and oh-so-many ants can make plastic harder to escape from, plus it’s so automatic to be given a plastic bag for everything. Working on one plastic aspect of my life (saying no to straws) was the catalyst to actively noticing what I was buying/consuming. With the decision to drastically cut down plastic use, it became a lot easier to get creative with solutions. 

My advice is not to get overwhelmed by it all, and just to start with one thing. That already makes a difference. Keep in mind your decision to reduce plastic consumption and don’t beat yourself up for forgetting. Just keep improving. That’s all any of us can do. 

Spotted Porcelain Crab – Neopetrolisthes macul…

Spotted Porcelain Crab – Neopetrolisthes maculatus

These beauties are commensal with anemones (i.e. they live together but the anemone doesn’t benefit) and are often found on carpet anemones. You may see a guide using a muck stick to look under an anemone to “move” the crab into view, ask them to stop! Anemones are animals subject to stress, as is the crab who was hiding for a reason. The feeling of discovering one in full view is far more satisfying – for both parties! 

I’m breaking up with you. It’s not me, it’s yo…

I’m breaking up with you. It’s not me, it’s you. 💔