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Fathoms Free in the news - check out our press coverage.

ITV Westcountry news - June 2021

BBC Countryfile - June 2017 

Cornwall with Simon Reeve - September 2020

BBC Spotlight April 2017

St Michaels Mount September 2015

November 2021 : Following the creation of the UK Ghost Gear Coalition, Fathoms Free have been featured in several of the UK Diving magazines. Here are Fathoms Free volunteers taking centre stage in Scuba Diver Magazine  

September 2020 : We were filmed for the BBC TV series 'Cornwall with Simon Reeve' recovering a 200m long monofilament ghost net off of Falmouth. It is visible here

June 2019:   We are proud and excited to announce our founder Rob Thompson has received the Points of Light award, awarded by PM Theresa May. This is for his dedication to preserving our oceans.


April 2019:   We feature in episode 3 of the new More 4 TV series ‘Devon and Cornwall. We were filmed last September during our Dive for Debris at Lansallos Cove.


March 2019:   We feature in Blue Planet UK - series 1, episode 1. Some footage of our gill net retrieval at the Eddystone lighthouse is shown and Rob Thompson completes a Paddle for Plastic in Plymouth and explains how ocean plastics are turned into kayaks.


January 2019:   After 3 years of development, the worlds first recycled marine plastics kayaks produced by Odyssey Innovation are now available to buy.


November 2018:   We are thrilled to receive a donation of £2,500 from the ‘Totally Wasted’ Gib or Bust team, who successfully completed the banger rally challenge to Gibraltar and back and hosted a gin and bingo fundraising evening. Thank you!


July 2018:   We are delighted to be awarded a grant of £20,000 from The Morrison’s Foundation and World Animal Protection. The funding covers a 12 month project involving ghost gear dives, beach clean ups, awareness events and recycling.
Thank you!

June 2018:   The ‘Ocean Recovery Project’ is formed. A project developed over 2 years, resulting in a successful partnership between Odyssey Innovation, Keep Britain Tidy (BeachCare) and Exeter City Council MRF. Recycling marine plastic and supporting beach clean groups across Devon and Cornwall.


January 2018:   We joined a Torbay Cleaner Coasts Initiative Clean Up in Brixham Breakwater and were filmed by the BBC.

April 2018:   Rob Thompson incorporates Odyssey Innovation Ltd. A Cornish based grass roots company recycling end of life fishing nets across Devon and Cornwall and turning them into kayaks.


November 2017:   We’re pleased to be shortlisted for the Cornwall Sustainability Awards. This is for developing the recycling of fishing nets and marine plastics into kayaks.

August 2017:   The Torbay Cleaner Coasts Initiative is launched in Brixham. We are founding partners in this initiative which aims to clean up and protect the coastal habitats in Torbay.

11 June 2017    BBC Countryfile – Ghost Gear


08 June 2017:   Dive Magazine article about the Looe Festival of the Sea


08 April 2017:     RHIB Launch day of “Casper” in Penzance



01 April 2017:     Dive Magazine       Fathoms Free cleaning Falmouth Beaches & Scuba Divers organised by Mark Milburn at Atlantic Scuba

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