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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. https://www.channel4.com/programmes/devon-and-cornwall
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. www.odysseyinnovation.com
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! https://www.worldanimalprotection.org.uk/news/beach-clean-launches-ps20000-partnership
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. https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/av/uk-england-devon-42597393/brixhamunderwater-litter-pick-finds-racy-message-in-bottle
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. www.odysseyinnovation.com
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. https://www.cornwallsustainabilityawards.org/
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. http://www.tcci.org.uk
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
01 March 2017: Tesco’s Diving/Beach Clean H&S Project Fathoms Free made it to 1st Place and received £2,000 from voting at Tesco stores in Cornwall during January 2017 as part of the Bags of Help initiative. Thank you to all that voted.
12th November 2015: Cornish Guardian – Hemmick Beach (Beach Clean – unable to dive due to weather)
22 July 2015: Daily Mail Online – Ocean Plastic Awareness Day
10 August 2015: BBC Breakfast – Lansallos Beach/Sea Clean
30th March 2015: Cornish Guardian – Carlyon Bay