In continuing support of HEPCA and the marine environment, blue o two is dedicating one of its vessels to hosting HAYAH reef clean-up safaris throughout January 2009. HAYAH is HEPCA’s most ambitious environmental project yet, aiming to involve all sections of the Red Sea community to work towards raising awareness, education and responsibility and active participation. Amr Ali, Managing Director of HEPCA said: "There is a little chance for conservation and protection agencies to achieve anything without the support and consciousness of their stakeholders. HEPCA is amazed by the continuous support of blue o two and their considerable contribution to our efforts to help preserve the Red Sea. As the sense of responsibility grows bigger amongst divers and travellers, soon we will see the day when the main factor in choosing a diving or tour operator will be the social responsibility of that operator towards the community, nature and the globe." blue o two run these trips at subsidised prices in an attempt to make ecotourism more accessible to the masses. "Everyone should be able to afford to help!" commented blue o two company director Jason Strickland. HAYAH safaris visit identified 'problem reefs' in the Northern Red Sea where clean-ups will take place. There will also be evening seminars on reef conservation conducted by blue o two’s in-house marine biologist and dive guide Elke Bojanowski. Guests will experience a week of stunning Red Sea liveaboard diving with the added value of giving something back to the marine environment that they love.Visit www.blueotwo.com for more details.
HEPCA will be joining dive centres from the region in the first Red Sea Zone exhibition at Dive 2008 on 1st and 2nd November in Birmingham, UK, organised by the Chamber of Diving and Watersports (CDWS). Visitors to the HEPCA stand can find out more about how they can help protect the Red Sea, learn more about our mooring project, the largest mooring system in the world, and hear the latest news on our high profile campaign to Save the Red Sea Wrecks. We hope to see you there!
Help us to save the Red Sea for tomorrow… This Autumn, HEPCA is launching our most exciting range of merchandise yet. The range includes an annual calendar, postcards, bookmarks and six sets of coasters all with a common theme – showing the magnificence and beauty of the Red Sea through a selection of superb images from local photographer Kimmo Hagman. The products will be on sale through HEPCA Members shortly and a proportion of the sale of all merchandise will go towards continuing the valuable environmental work of HEPCA and its Members to preserve and sustain the Red Sea for the future. Contact your local Member or keep up to date on the HEPCA web site for more details coming soon.