New magazine launched by former Blue Ventures staff member

By Richard Nimmo, Blue Ventures Expeditions Managing Director

Former Blue Ventures Field Scientist and Dive Instructor, Samantha Hewitt, has dreamt about passing on her passion for marine life and sea conservation and finally realised it with the launch of her brand new magazine at the London Sea Life Aquarium.

(From left to right): Theo Paphitis, Samantha Hewitt and Stacey Solomon

Samantha was supported at the event by friends and family and with a little help from her sister, the singer Stacey Solomon and Dragon’s Den star, Theo Paphitis, the launch showed off the magazine’s pilot for the very first time.

The magazine is a great read for children, covering all aspects of sea life and conservation. With information on marine species, diving and also fun games, tests and competitions, the magazine aims to spark a sense of adventure and curiosity in children, as well teaching them about the importance of marine conservation.

The Sea Urchins pilot issue is available free to visitors at Sea Life’s 11 UK aquariums during November and December (www.sealife.co.uk) and also as a free download from the Sea Urchins’ website (www.seaurchinsmag.com). Sea Urchins will launch with its first full issue in February 2012 and is available to order as a quarterly subscription from now.

Gil with Finn the shark

Also in attendance at the launch were the PADI team from Project Aware with Finn, one of the sharks who is helping raise awareness of the plight of the world’s sharks from overfishing. My son Gil (left) got in on the publicity act and had his photo taken with Finn. You can help Project Aware’s campaign to apply pressure to decision makers with the aim of giving Sharks international protection by signing their petition here

Blue Ventures has been working since 2006 to monitor the shark fisheries of the west coast of Madagascar. Demand for shark fin from Asian markets has resulted in many Malagasy fishers focusing on landing sharks. With our data we hope to add to the weight of evidence that sharks need protection and that urgent action is required to prevent mass extinctions of many shark species.

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Richard is Blue Ventures' Managing Director based in London, UK Richard first joined Blue Ventures in 2004 as a volunteer with an expedition to Andavadoaka, Madagascar Richard was so moved by his experiences as a BV volunteer that shortly after returning to London, he left his career in commercial broadcasting and came back to the project site as Expedition Manager for Blue Ventures. After working for a year in Andavadoaka, Richard moved to Blue Ventures' London headquarters as Managing Director. In that position, he oversees all business operations and project needs in London, Belize and Madagascar. Richard is a PADI Open Water Scuba Instructor and is a Fellow of the Royal Society for the encouragement of Arts, Manufactures and Commerce (RSA). Before coming to Blue Ventures, Richard worked in sales and marketing for commercial television and radio in the UK.
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About Richard Nimmo

Richard is Blue Ventures' Managing Director based in London, UK Richard first joined Blue Ventures in 2004 as a volunteer with an expedition to Andavadoaka, Madagascar Richard was so moved by his experiences as a BV volunteer that shortly after returning to London, he left his career in commercial broadcasting and came back to the project site as Expedition Manager for Blue Ventures. After working for a year in Andavadoaka, Richard moved to Blue Ventures' London headquarters as Managing Director. In that position, he oversees all business operations and project needs in London, Belize and Madagascar. Richard is a PADI Open Water Scuba Instructor and is a Fellow of the Royal Society for the encouragement of Arts, Manufactures and Commerce (RSA). Before coming to Blue Ventures, Richard worked in sales and marketing for commercial television and radio in the UK.