Who We Are and What We Do

We are a group of volunteer Conservationists who refuse to simply stand by and watch, whilst our seas turn into uninhabitable dumping grounds. 

The global marine debris problem is one the greatest threats our planet has ever encountered. If the seas can no longer sustain life, neither can the planet. The problems posed by marine debris are as diverse as the techniques used to overcome them. Divers are in a unique position to assist in tackling this threat. 

The group is made up of people from various backgrounds, agencies and organisations. We are supported by The National Trust, who own some of our finest coastline. They help us to access the more remote dive sites, that would otherwise be neglected.

We’ve also been assisted by The Wildlife Trust’s divers, as part of their Sea Search Programme. And run combined events with Surfers Against Sewage and the Mires Mor organisation, on their community beach cleans. 

The events are run as part of Project AWARE’s Dive Against Debris program (www.projectaware.org). They are a non-profit making, independent, global organisation who use the valuable data gathered from us. 

Both diving and non-diving volunteers are equally as important to us. So if you would like to take a proactive step towards protecting our seas, please join our group

Rob T, Founder of Fathoms Free/ Diver

Being a conservationist is a way of life that embodies your actions. As such, it was a natural progression for me to integrate it with my passion for diving. I am convinced that the marine debris crisis can be resolved by a change in industrial practices and legislation. Also, that carrying around the frustrations of global problems, is futile if we are unwilling to do what we can as individuals.

Nat P, Project Coordinator/Diver

I fell in love with Cornwall while coming here on dive holidays and finally relocated in March 2017. I support Fathoms Free by doing work behind the scenes, and taking part in dives, beach cleans and awareness events. I feel extremely fortunate to work with such a fantastic, inspirational bunch who share my passion for marine conservation.

John K, Secretary/Diver

I am an Engineer, diver and environmentalist who has lived in Cornwall for 27 years. The local marine life is stunning and as elsewhere in the world is under threat from various sources. My particular concern is plastic marine pollution and the need to raise awareness of it’s origins (mainly from land) and the consequences for marine life.

Zillah, Public Awareness/Artist

As a non-diver, with a concern for marine litter and the detrimental effect it is having on our wildlife, I did wonder how I could get involved and support the group in some way.

I soon realised that there was plenty I could do. I attend awareness events, analyse and sort debris and I use what we collect to create artworks which help raise public awareness.

We are a group of volunteer Marine Conservationists who refuse to stand by, whilst our seas turn into uninhabitable dumping grounds​

“The global marine debris problem is one of the greatest threats our planet has ever encountered. Divers are in a unique position to assist in tackling this threat. Industrial practices and legislation need to change, so our fight is a big one. We believe, by working together to raise awareness, that we are in a position to take on what appeared at first to be; the impossible”

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Email us: fathomsfree@gmail.com