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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.


02 January 2017:      Tesco’s Diving/Beach Clean H&S Project    Fathoms Free has been shortlisted to 1 of 3 projects to receive money at Tesco stores in Cornwall as part of the Bags of Help initiative.


04 July 2016:     Gazeebo/Advertising Grant    We kindly received a grant of £1,000 as part of the Cornwall Community Foundation.


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

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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