An Ocean of Stars November 2015

Thanks to all who attended November’s event and helped us to raise over £3000 for marine conservation!

17th November 2015

 

Guests who attended were greeted with a glass of bubbly and a cone of hot, tasty chips provided by the Marriott Hotel. Prizes up for grabs on the tombola included Champagne, the chance to snorkel with our sharks and even to feed the giraffes at Chessington World of Adventures.

With a host of some of our favourite marine and local conservation charities in attendance there was plenty to see and talk about.

Talks took place in our Ocean Area; James Burleigh, SEA LIFE’s Conservation Ambassador took to the stage to welcome our guests. He was closely followed by Graham Buckingham from Bite Back Shark & Marine Conservation who spoke about some of our favourite shark species and gave an overview of Bite Back’s exciting ‘No Fin to Declare’ campaign which is working to end the personal import allowance of shark fins to Europe. The Marine Conservation Society’s Biodiversity Policy Officer Dr Jean-Luc Solandt gave a fascinating update on the ongoing fight to for better marine protection in UK waters. Last but not least, we were thrilled to welcome Paul Cox from The Shark Trust to the stage who gave a fantastic and persuasive talk on the reasons why we should all care about shark conservation and an update on the ongoing No Limits? No Future!’ campaign.

All of the money raised on the night through ticket sales and the tombola went to the SEA LIFE Trust. Thank you to all of the fabulous charities that attended this event, making it an inspiring and enlightening evening. We look forward to the next An Ocean of Stars in June!

Photos by Andre Di Monaco

 

 

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SEA LIFE Trust

Through innovative campaigns, scientific research and inspiring education, the SEA LIFE Trust works globally to champion the need for an end to overexploitation of marine life. Recently the SEA LIFE Trust has collaborated with Whale & Dolphin Conservation to create the ‘Wipe Out Whaling’ campaign calling for a ban on the shipment of whale products through European ports. It is also sponsoring and supporting the Shark Trust's 'No Limits? No Future!' campaign.

 Find out more about their latest campaign and sign the petition.

is an innovative and energetic charity with a clear objective; to make Britain shark fin free! Their latest campaign 'No-Fin to Declare' has gained huge momentum since its launch in July this summer gaining over 100,000 signatures so far on a petition calling for an end to the personal import allowance of dried sharks fins to Europe.

SEA LIFE London Aquarium is extremely proud to sponsor this fin-tastic charity and to promote the 'No Fin to Declare' campaign and petition on site.

 Find out more about their latest campaign and sign the petition.

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 Find out more about their latest campaign and sign the petition.

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is an innovative and energetic charity with a clear objective; to make Britain shark fin free! Their latest campaign 'No-Fin to Declare' has gained huge momentum since its launch in July this summer gaining over 100,000 signatures so far on a petition calling for an end to the personal import allowance of dried sharks fins to Europe.

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is an innovative and energetic charity with a clear objective; to make Britain shark fin free! Their latest campaign 'No-Fin to Declare' has gained huge momentum since its launch in July this summer gaining over 100,000 signatures so far on a petition calling for an end to the personal import allowance of dried sharks fins to Europe.

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SEA LIFE London Aquarium is extremely proud to sponsor this fin-tastic charity and to promote the 'No Fin to Declare' campaign and petition on site.

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SEA LIFE London Aquarium is extremely proud to sponsor this fin-tastic charity and to promote the 'No Fin to Declare' campaign and petition on site.

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Galapagos Conservation Trust (GCT)

is the only UK charity to focus exclusively on the conservation and sustainability of the Galapagos Islands. By supporting pioneering projects across science, education and culture and raising awareness of Galapagos in the UK, GCT works towards a Galapagos that is protected into the future for the benefit of its unique wildlife and for humankind.

Read out about our recent fundraising event for the World Land Trust plus information on threats to rainforests and what you can do to help.

is an international conservation charity which protects the world’s most biologically important and threatened habitats, acre by acre. Since its foundation in 1989, WLT has funded partner organisations around the world to create reserves, and give permanent protection to habitats and wildlife.

Look out for Spice our Cuban Croc during your visit! These beautiful creatures are now critically endangered due to loss of habitat and hunting for their skin and meat.

Read out about our recent fundraising event for the World Land Trust plus information on threats to rainforests and what you can do to help.

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Read out about our recent fundraising event for the World Land Trust plus information on threats to rainforests and what you can do to help.

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is an international conservation charity which protects the world’s most biologically important and threatened habitats, acre by acre. Since its foundation in 1989, WLT has funded partner organisations around the world to create reserves, and give permanent protection to habitats and wildlife.

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is an international conservation charity which protects the world’s most biologically important and threatened habitats, acre by acre. Since its foundation in 1989, WLT has funded partner organisations around the world to create reserves, and give permanent protection to habitats and wildlife.

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Look out for Spice our Cuban Croc during your visit! These beautiful creatures are now critically endangered due to loss of habitat and hunting for their skin and meat.

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Look out for Spice our Cuban Croc during your visit! These beautiful creatures are now critically endangered due to loss of habitat and hunting for their skin and meat.

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RSPB

The Royal Society for the Protection of Birds is the UK’s biggest nature conservation charity. A large focus of their work is on restoring and protecting the UK’s natural habitats; benefiting all wildlife from the humble bumblebee to rare newts to loveable puffins. Their ‘Give Nature a Home’ campaign urges all of us to utilise our outdoor space to give local wildlife a helping hand; whether it be a big garden, a small garden or even just a windowsill. Visit their website for more information and to order a free pack full of ideas for your garden.

There are numerous ways to get involved with Thames21's work across London. Click on the link below to find out more.

is one of the country’s leading waterway charities. They work with communities across Greater London to improve our rivers, canals, ponds and lakes for people and wildlife. They organise multiple riverbank cleans each year but also work to stop litter and pollution at the source; for example ‘Project Reedbed’ introduces new vegetation into waterways to break down pollutants and provide habitats for wildlife. ‘River Watch’ is a citizen science project which aims to improve our understanding of the health of the tidal Thames.

 

Here at SEA LIFE London we like to get stuck in and help out with a riverbank clean up or two each year. Our staff have helped Thames21 to clean up many London riverbanks and with their help we organise an annual clean up beneath the London Eye.

There are numerous ways to get involved with Thames21's work across London. Click on the link below to find out more.

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There are numerous ways to get involved with Thames21's work across London. Click on the link below to find out more.

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is one of the country’s leading waterway charities. They work with communities across Greater London to improve our rivers, canals, ponds and lakes for people and wildlife. They organise multiple riverbank cleans each year but also work to stop litter and pollution at the source; for example ‘Project Reedbed’ introduces new vegetation into waterways to break down pollutants and provide habitats for wildlife. ‘River Watch’ is a citizen science project which aims to improve our understanding of the health of the tidal Thames.

 

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is one of the country’s leading waterway charities. They work with communities across Greater London to improve our rivers, canals, ponds and lakes for people and wildlife. They organise multiple riverbank cleans each year but also work to stop litter and pollution at the source; for example ‘Project Reedbed’ introduces new vegetation into waterways to break down pollutants and provide habitats for wildlife. ‘River Watch’ is a citizen science project which aims to improve our understanding of the health of the tidal Thames.

 

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Here at SEA LIFE London we like to get stuck in and help out with a riverbank clean up or two each year. Our staff have helped Thames21 to clean up many London riverbanks and with their help we organise an annual clean up beneath the London Eye.

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Here at SEA LIFE London we like to get stuck in and help out with a riverbank clean up or two each year. Our staff have helped Thames21 to clean up many London riverbanks and with their help we organise an annual clean up beneath the London Eye.

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Sustainable Seafood Coalition

We are very pleased to welcome the SSC which is exhibiting at An Ocean of Stars for the first time. The SSC is cross-industry group in the UK tackling seafood sustainability using their influence as a seafood business. Their aim is to make it easier for consumers to make informed seafood buying decisions. To help transform our oceans back to thriving, healthy ecosystems with plentiful fish for all!

You can pick up a free MCS Pocket Good Fish Guide during your next visit to the aquarium!

is the voice for everyone who loves the sea; working in the UK to secure a future for our living seas, and to save our threatened marine wildlife before it is lost forever. The MCS is working to establish vital marine protected areas, to clear our seas of rubbish and to reduce overfishing.

In 2013 over 2000 members of the public, representatives from many charities and Hugh Fearnley Whittingstall joined the MCS and SEA LIFE in a march over Westminster bridge to show support for the creation of a coherent network of Marine Conservation Zones around the UK coastline. The push for better protection of UK seas continues.

You can pick up a free MCS Pocket Good Fish Guide during your next visit to the aquarium!

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You can pick up a free MCS Pocket Good Fish Guide during your next visit to the aquarium!

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is the voice for everyone who loves the sea; working in the UK to secure a future for our living seas, and to save our threatened marine wildlife before it is lost forever. The MCS is working to establish vital marine protected areas, to clear our seas of rubbish and to reduce overfishing.

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is the voice for everyone who loves the sea; working in the UK to secure a future for our living seas, and to save our threatened marine wildlife before it is lost forever. The MCS is working to establish vital marine protected areas, to clear our seas of rubbish and to reduce overfishing.

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In 2013 over 2000 members of the public, representatives from many charities and Hugh Fearnley Whittingstall joined the MCS and SEA LIFE in a march over Westminster bridge to show support for the creation of a coherent network of Marine Conservation Zones around the UK coastline. The push for better protection of UK seas continues.

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In 2013 over 2000 members of the public, representatives from many charities and Hugh Fearnley Whittingstall joined the MCS and SEA LIFE in a march over Westminster bridge to show support for the creation of a coherent network of Marine Conservation Zones around the UK coastline. The push for better protection of UK seas continues.

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London
Youth Rowing

We are pleased to welcome LYR to their first An Ocean of Stars event! Their objective is to provide opportunities and experiences of indoor, on water and adaptive rowing and other sports that improve the health, fitness and well-being of young people in the interests of social welfare. Their work helps to link people aged 11-18 with the Thames and to encourage a passion for the wildlife and habitats that it contains.

The SEA LIFE Trust is proud to sponsor this campaign and here in London we are busy collecting signatures on the No Limits petition.

is a UK registered charity working to advance the worldwide conservation of sharks through science, education, influence and action. Their latest campaign is calling for sustainable, science-based catch limits for Europe's sharks!

is an ambassador for the No Limits campaign so in July 2014 he dived into our shark display in order to help promote the campaign.

The SEA LIFE Trust is proud to sponsor this campaign and here in London we are busy collecting signatures on the No Limits petition.

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The SEA LIFE Trust is proud to sponsor this campaign and here in London we are busy collecting signatures on the No Limits petition.

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is a UK registered charity working to advance the worldwide conservation of sharks through science, education, influence and action. Their latest campaign is calling for sustainable, science-based catch limits for Europe's sharks!

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is a UK registered charity working to advance the worldwide conservation of sharks through science, education, influence and action. Their latest campaign is calling for sustainable, science-based catch limits for Europe's sharks!

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is an ambassador for the No Limits campaign so in July 2014 he dived into our shark display in order to help promote the campaign.

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is an ambassador for the No Limits campaign so in July 2014 he dived into our shark display in order to help promote the campaign.

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Falklands
Conservation

Falklands Conservation works to protect the wildlife in the Falkland Islands for future generations. Undertaking practical conservation projects, surveys and scientific studies, conducts annual monitoring of seabird populations, rescues wildlife and penguins in trouble. It involves islanders of all ages in its activities and relies on donations and public support to carry out its work. The islands hold a third of the world's breeding populations of Gentoo penguin.