Hebridean Island Cruises enhances support for Sea Changers and UK Marine Conservation
Since 2012, Hebridean Island Cruises has been working with guests and customers to raise funds for Sea-Changers, the UK marine conservation charity. During that time guests onboard Hebridean Island Cruises have donated nearly £30,000. Until now donations have only been an option for Hebridean’s guests when they book their cruise. Now the company is going to match-fund every guest donation, effectively doubling the contributions. 100% of the money raised by guests goes to fund marine conservation projects; whilst the company’s donations helps fund Sea-Changer’s first paid employee post.
The combined funds will allow Sea-Changers to award more marine conservation grants across the UK. Over the years Sea-Changers has enabled a wide range of important marine conservation activities, much of it in Scotland and around the Hebrides. Projects funded include Hebridean Whale and Dolphin Trust, Marine Conservation Society, Beach Watch Bute, Basking Shark Scotland, Shetland Amenity Trust, Craignish Restoration of Marine and Coastal Habitat and the Firth of Forth Lobster Hatchery
Helen Webb, Co-Founder of Sea-Changers said, “2018 has been the year when the UK really began to wake up to the problem of plastic pollution and its impact on our seas and wildlife. This and other marine problems can be tackled and with the support of caring marine-based businesses like Hebridean Island Cruises we can make a real difference. We are delighted that Hebridean Island Cruises is going to match every guest’s donation in this way ‘ the increased funds will make a huge difference to our work.”
Sea-Changers is a charity with the mission of raising substantial funds for marine conservation charities and projects, primarily in the UK. They aim to harness the energy, good will and resources of those who love the sea, particularly those who use it for leisure activities such as diving, sailing, boating and cruising holidays. Sea-Changers works through partnerships with commercial organisations that serve consumers accessing, enjoying or travelling via the sea.
Some of Sea-Changer’s projects include:
- Hebridean Whale and Dolphin Trust – funding to purchase much needed computer equipment for their dedicated research vessel, Silurian.
- Marine Conservation Society – purchasing beach cleaning equipment for Scotland enabling MCS to clean and survey 240 Scottish beaches, engaging over 3,000 volunteers, and collecting data on key types of litter polluting Scottish seas and beaches.
- Beach Watch Bute – Funding for storage benches throughout the island in key areas affected by marine litter. The benches will contain handy grabbers, bags, and gloves.
- Basking Shark Scotland – running a series of clean ups in the remote islands of Argyll transporting their volunteers via ribs and an inflatable dinghy.
- Shetland Amenity Trust – funding to produce a film about the UK’s most successful voluntary litter pick which involves 20% of Shetland’s population volunteering to clean its beaches and coastlines annually.
- Craignish Restoration of Marine & Coastal Habitat (CROMACH) – for a pilot re-introduction of the native oyster to Loch Craignish, in order to improve water quality and increase biodiversity while exploring the potential for greater community-led regeneration of the loch using a keystone species.
- Firth of Forth Lobster Hatchery – funding to help the hatchery’s economic cycle and enhance breeding stocks by allowing the hatchery to pay fishermen and release even more lobsters back to sea.
About Hebridean Island Cruises: The Highlands and Islands of Scotland and the remote coastal areas of Scotland are all accessible in full luxury and comfort aboard the Hebridean Princess.
With just 50 guests and a dedicated crew of 38, the Hebridean Princess has an enviable reputation for exceptional service, fine food and luxurious accommodation.