DIVE Travel Award Winner Presenting at BluHope Malaysia's 'Big Blue Day'

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Conservation organisation BluHope is hosting an all-new 'Big Blue Day' event this coming weekend Saturday, 12 December – a series of presentations and webinars from Malaysia-based conservation groups. The event follows on from BluHope's successful World Oceans Day campaign, which featured a week of presentations, webinars and kid's activities and included presentations from Sir David Attenborough and Dr Sylvia Earle. 

DIVE Travel Awards Winners Scuba Junkie will be hosting a live presentation as part of the Big Blue Day in recognition of the company's long-standing commitment to conservation work around Malaysia. Scuba Junkie, voted World's Best Dive Centre or Resort by DIVE's readers was founded in Sipadan in 2004.

The event will be hosted on the Asia Dive Expo ADEX Digital Platform between 10:00am and 7:30pm Malaysia time (2:00am – 11:30am GMT) and will include a series of webinars covering conservation measures to help protect sharks, eradicate dynamite fishing, eradicate trash and introduce viewers to the 'ReWild' Carbon & Plastic reduction app.

Live streams will also be broadcast on BluHope's website and Facebook Page

The Scuba Junkie 'Special Celebration as the World's Best Dive Company' will begin at 2:30pm Malaysia time (6:30am GMT) and will feature an introduction to the company, information about its environmental ethos and conservation projects and an overview of Scuba Junkie's resorts and scuba diving destinations.

'We are very honoured to have won Best Dive Resort in the World for 2020, especially as it's been voted by the general public. We are really thankful to everyone who voted for us as it really means so much,' said Scubajunkie co-founder and CEO Ric Owen. 'On Sat 12th Dec we are giving a webinar in conjunction with BluHope. It is called Scuba Junkie: Conservation at the core, and it goes over our formula for success and also highlights our conservation initiatives. Plus we are offering viewers exclusive discounts, so be sure you tune in!'

Sir David kicks off BluHope's week of presentations for World Oceans Day 2020

For more information about the day's events and to join in the live stream, visit www.bluhope.org/big-blue-day or the BluHope Facebook Page

The schedule for Saturday's Big Blue Day is as follows:


10:00am – 11:00pm:

BluHope Shark / Shark Stewards: Protect our apex ocean predator
Moderated by ScubaZoo's Aaron (Bertie) Gekowski

Panel: David McGuire (Shark Stewards); Hazel Oakley (TRACC); Kiara (Lombok Dive Centre); Simon Christopher (BluHope); Cassio (Compass Diving, Timor-Leste); Hugo Lapeyronnie (Reverse Freediving, Timor-Leste)


11:30am – 12:30pm

Fish-Bomb-Free SABAH with Sabah Plastic Neutral

Moderated by ScubaZoo's Aaron (Bertie) Gekowski

Panel: Terence Lim (SFB Malaysia); Clark Dunson (ShotSpotter); Dieter Rudolph (Earth Island Institute); Jamie Ng (SIP)


1:00pm – 2:00pm

Presentation: Together We Eradicate Trash (Bersama Membasmi Sampah)

  • Pulau Gaya / TARP Clean up
  • Pulau Gaya Community Involvement.
  • Supported by DBKK and Tourism Ministry
  • Community Empowerment & Clean Environment
  • Create circular economy for local community.
  • Behaviour and Mind-set change


2:30pm – 3:30pm

World Best Dive Company - a Scuba Junkie Special Celebration

  • Brief intro to SJ & our journey
  • Our environmental ethos & conservation projects
  • Our resorts & diving destinations

Presenters: Nora (SJ), Ric/Tino (SJ Mabul/Sipadan); Rohan (SK Komodo)


4:00pm – 5:00pm

The Equalizer: ReWild Carbon / Plastic app

Moderated by Paul Rose, Explorer, Broadcaster, Expedition Leader National Geographic Pristine Seas

Panel: Fergus Vaux (Blu Hope); Imogen Waters (Blu Hope);Andy Budd (ClearLeft); Luke Gaydon (TerraNeutra); Stephen Harris (Maui’s Ark); Terence Lim (SFBMalaysia); Benoit Goossens (DGFC); Wong Siew Te (Borneo Sun Bear)


5:30pm – 6:30pm

Plastic Ocean / Plastic Detectives / Water Solution
Moderated by Charles Hay
Panel: Jo Ruxton (Plastic Ocean Founder); Maya Karin; David Monnier (FDV Chairman/Founder); Simon Christopher, Monica Chin (BluHope)


7:00pm – 7:30pm

The Big Blue Film Night

  • Plastic Oceans 3-part series with Sir David Attenborough
  • Sipadan VR
  • Dr Sylvia Earle’s Timor Leste Blue Hope

For more information about the day's events and to join in the live stream, visit www.bluhope.org/big-blue-day or the BluHope Facebook Page.

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