One of our partners, Green Fins, has rebuilt their website to reflect the needs of users across the globe. 

The website offers quick and easy access to educational resources and top tips in the Tools and Resource section containing a bundle of free downloads. On the homepage, diving fanatics can find a live list of the top 10 most environmental Green Fins dive operators to choose from for their next holiday, or browse active Green Fins member details by diving destination. Project partners and Coordinators can log in to a database of dive centre environmental assessment data which also provides access to project management tools enabling them to oversee the project more effectively.

“We wanted to build something that helps promote the good work of the Green Fins dive centres and provide them with support and incentives to keep up the good work,” said James Harvey of the Reef-World Foundation. “At the same time, we wanted the website to be more interactive, helping diving tourists to make more responsible choices.”

Green Fins is an initiative of the UNEP and Reef-World to promote sustainable diving practices for the protection of coral reefs and marine life.

Diving tourists are encouraged to get involved in this movement and provide feedback on their experiences with Green Fins members by contacting info@greenfins.net or posting details on the Green Fins Facebook page.

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SPS will be holding its 2nd Arts-Science Festival in Malapascua Island, Cebu from May 11 to 15, 2014. The Festival teaches children and teens marine conservation through creative forms and promotes creativity and appreciation of nature outside the four walls of a standard classroom.

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Join the fun and spend your summer with a dynamic team of sea lovers and give back to Mother Nature! We are looking for Cebu-based volunteers who can teach the following subjects to elementary and high school students:

2 volunteers for Marine Ecosystem (high school or elementary)

2 volunteers for Climate Change (high school or elementary)

1 volunteer for Hydrology (elementary)

1 volunteer for a videographer

1 volunteer for Musical theatre

1 volunteer for Arts and Crafts Assistant Teacher

1 volunteer for Singing

Volunteer teachers must:

  1. Submit their proposed 3-day syllabus and culminating activity to Project Manager Aphol de Vera at apholdevera[at]gmail[dot]com and savephseas[at]gmail.com by Thursday, March 20
  2. Have classroom management skills
  3. Contextualize lessons to fit the local setting (Malapascua or Cebu)
  4. Incorporate various interactive activities per session (e.g., games, fieldwork around the schools, experiments, group work)
  5. Conduct pre- and post-surveys to gauge knowledge and progress (Day 1 and 3)
  6. Assign an output (e.g., simple project, essay, etc.)

For good samaritans out there who would also like to join our cause but won’t be able to fit in the Festival’s schedule, we are also open to sponsors.

Should you have questions or suggestions, feel free to send us an email or contact us through our social media sites.

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Chinese New Year is just around the corner! A friendly reminder from Save Philippine Seas.

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GIFT IDEA: Donate on behalf of your loved ones to help rebuild an elementary school in Malapascua. Email savephseas@gmail.com for more information.

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We have closed the online registration for our ArtSea Workshops, but we will be accepting walk-ins on Saturday, November 16.

REQUIREMENTS:

Basic nature and photography workshop:

Any camera

Oil pastel workshop:

A set of oil pastels, available at your nearest bookstore.

You may also buy from SPS on the day itself (P80).

Watercolor workshop:

Water color set

Brush

Water color paper

All available at your nearest bookstore

Teacher Nikki Valenzuela recommends PRANG, which already comes with a brush. It costs less than P300.

Sea you there!

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Dear friends, 

The last few days have proven that the bigger the heartbreak, the greater the comfort. The support from the local and international community have been very overwhelming. We are very grateful for everyone’s support and are fully committed to rebuild Malapascua with a vengeance.

Please see below just some of the initiatives that are helping the island get back on its feet.

1. Singapore Scuba Diving Forum’s Help Malapascua

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2. Letters of Hope and Bundles of Joy

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3. Katipunan BaHAIYANihan 

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4. Thresher Shark Divers Fundraising efforts via YouCaring

5. The Goody Bag

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6. #ShapePH

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7. Muni.com.ph’s The Better Closet

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8. Help: A rock concert for Yolanda survivors

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We would also like to thank all the individuals (Esperanza Garcia, Andy Pope, Klaus Stiefel, et al), organizations (loudbasstard, NUDI, Gawad Kalinga, ANTHILL, et al) and dive communities (Puerto Galera and Anilao) who have been tirelessly mobilizing their resources to #HelpMalapascua.

DAGHANG SALAMAT!

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