About Us

Testimonials

"Blue Seas Protection is a very worthwhile cause" ~ Helen Sinclair MBE, Friends of the Animals

“Commendable voluntary work!" ~ Stuart Churchley, Historic England

"Great work!" ~ Jane Alpine, Natural England

"Sounds like the work your charity is doing is absolutely vital" ~ David Sadd, Tesco

"Thank you for all you do to support your community. We wish you every success" ~ Julie Galano, Big Lottery

"Big thank you Blue Seas Protection for the great information on fish farm corruption!"~ Laura Kelly, Australia Environmental

"Please accept our admiration for all the hard work your organisation undertakes"~ Wight Aid Foundation

"The Governor's office was pleased to receive your comments on unsustainable commercial fishing!" ~ Mark Carney, Head of Bank of England

"I would like to help the oceans. I make sock fish and am selling them for £1 and I am splitting the profit between two charities. Blue Seas Protection being one of them. I live on the Isle of Wight and I am 8 years old!"  ~ William Jordan 

"Please continue your incredible work" ~ Jill Rabne

"As a long standing supporter of Sea Shepherd and, currently, a resident of the island of Jeju, I fully support the aims of Blue Seas Protection." ~ James Tuffs

"This is so important for future generations and the life of our planet. I like the fact that this charity uses education and petitions and not violence" ~ Denise Sweatman

Our Mission & Charitable Aims

1. Combat Overfishing

We will fight to ban the use of 'supertrawlers'. We will work with small, local fisheries supporting IPLNF. We support the Seaspiracy petition to protect 30% of the World’s Oceans from fishing by 2030.
Sign here: - Change.Org - 'Help Seaspiracy protect 30% of our oceans by 2030 from industrial fishing'.

2. Combat Marine Pollution : Operation Sea Sweep

In 2018, we devised a patent pending device, and collected 28,000 pieces of plastic and debris from around the Isle of Wight. Blue Seas Protection aims to reduce the amount of waste reaching our waterways, beaches and ultimately the oceans themselves. We were awarded recognition from Isle of Wight Council’s Community Action Awards in the Environment category for this achievement in May 2019. Fighting to reduce plastic waste, sewage pollution and increase the awareness of discarded fishing nets. Locally, we organise monthly beach cleans which are well attended.

3. Education

We aim to spread awareness of the situation our oceans are facing, working with schools, community groups and businesses to help them make the changes necessary.

4. Protect Marine Species : All Hands on Deck

Unfortunately there is a need to protect endangered marine species on a daily basis. Helping to combat issues with ‘bycatch', entanglement in fishing gear and cases of animal cruelty or beaching. Our BSP Marine Mammal Medics are on hand to support any local incidents.

5. Marine Crime Watch

Working undercover to report breaches of maritime law and to expose corrupt practices around the World. Sign our petitions.

6. Climate Fightback

We also aim to do our bit in fighting climate change, sea level rise that affects coastal populations and erosion of coastlines. Blue Seas Protection is a member of the Global Island Partnership.

Blue Seas Protection was founded in the 1980s by marine salvors Captain Silas Oates and his son Captain Garry Oates.

Having lived their professional lives at sea as commercial divers and marine salvage experts, they experienced first-hand the devastating effects of man’s

“Crimes in the oceans”

as they term them.

Rainbow Warrior Trawler
The Rainbow Warrior - donated to Greenpeace by Captain Silas Oates

In the early '80s, Captain Oates donated a trawler to Greenpeace, which became famously known as ‘The Rainbow Warrior’ - subsequently blown up by the French government for protesting their nuclear testing at Mururoa Atoll near New Zealand in the Pacific.

 

Blue Seas Protection is now a UK registered charity - 1189529 - and is recognised by the United Nations (ID 28379) and U.N.E.S.C.O.

Captain Oates - Blue Seas Protection - sitting with anchors

As marine salvors, these anchors are some of the 3000 tons recovered from UK ports by our founders.

Meet the Crew

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Garry Oates

Hello, I’m Captain Garry Oates. My father Captain Silas Oates and I have served lifetimes at sea as professional divers and ocean salvage tug owners. During this time, we saw many "Crimes at Sea" that many others will never see and in the 80s, donated a boat to Greenpeace that became known as "Rainbow Warrior." As a professional diver, I’ve seen the vast scale of lost and abandoned nets "ghost fishing" the seas. "Stretched out like a carpet of white bones" with millions of creatures killed in just one net.

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Susan Jane

I was very lucky to grow up in NZ,  close to nature. In 1990 I came to Europe to explore, discovered the Isle of Wight and loved it! I brought up my 3 children here and now they are all grown up and starting families of their own I feel it is imperative that I devote my spare time to my lifelong passions: The environment, the sea, education, and to my granddaughter's future. Living here, next to a marine conservation zone on the beautiful UNESCO Biosphere of the Isle of Wight places me perfectly for my voluntary work as a local town Councillor, primary school governor, and secretary of Blue Seas Protection.

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Aisha Eveleigh

I’m a Founding Member and Trustee, a vegan artist, and have held several Animal Rights exhibitions, including one in London where we showcased dynamic leading activists, including Earthling Ed, and Ali Tabrizi, the maker of Seaspiracy. I studied a BA (Hons) in contemporary art and MA Arts and Business Management at Bath Spa Uni.

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Roger Barnes

I joined Blue Seas Protection in 2018 and am now a Trustee. My son is heavily involved in animal conservation, so I thought I could contribute my bit by covering the sea and oceans. My aim is to support the charity as much as possible to prevent the destruction of our oceans.

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Lisa Obbard Reynolds

I love helping to make as many people as possible aware of our oceans and what’s happening and how we can help for the future. I became a trustee in 2020. I love taking Lobby Lobster out to meet everyone and promoting Blue Seas Protection and what they stand for. I've spent many years taking animals, big and small into our local primary school as I believe it’s important to teach children where their food comes from so they can learn and make their own choices in the future and understand the ecology of our land and oceans and how they work together.

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Tiena Eccles

Hi there, I’m a trustee within the Blue Seas Protection. I have been with the charity for just 10 months. I became a Trustee as I believe we need to raise awareness as to how all of us are destroying our Oceans and petition Governments around the world to take a long-term approach to stop the pollution and overfishing and return the Seas to a wonderful habitat to sustain all living organisms. I have been a Special Needs Teacher for over thirty years and am now retired. I am passionate about educating the younger generation and giving them an insight into the awe and wonder of sea life in general. I would like to help children understand why it is important to care for our seas and for them to pass that message on.  They are the future, and they need to be the caretakers of our waters for years to come.

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Cerys Leyman

Hello, I'm a Trustee member as well as a Marine Mammal medic within Blue Seas Protection. I have been with the charity for almost a year now (August 2020.) I also have an animal care 1st diploma qualification as I am incredibly passionate about animals. To be able to be part of a team that feels so strongly as I do, has only driven myself and my son forwards to wanting to help with making changes for the future and for the next generations. I’m looking forwards to bigger, brighter and a better future for everything and everyone in this world. My favourite job with Blue Seas Protection is taking part in the regular beach surveys and beach cleans.

Gina Phillips

Gina Phillips

Hiya ! I am Social Media Coordinator for Blue Seas Protection. I have recently graduated from Solent University with a BA in Popular Music Production. My background is formally in music promotion and marketing. However as a vegan and animal rights activist working for a Marine Conservation Charity like Blue Seas Protection is a dream come true. I create content for our Instagram and Tik Tok accounts. I also write our monthly newsletter! 

Neeve our Shark Lab Tech

Neeve

Hi my name is Neeve I started here at Blue Seas Protection in January. I am really looking forward to diving into the Shark Lab technician role! I moved to the Island in 2016 from Buckinghamshire to be closer to the sea and to pursue my passion for dinosaurs and fossils. I plan to use my knowledge of the past to help protect the future.  My day to day work for the charity will be conducting microplastic and shark egg case surveys to bring back to the lab for further data analysis. 

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Lobby Lobster

Our Blue Seas Protection mascot, kindly donated by Friends of the Animals.

Hire Our Boat

Coastal Protector - boat charter Isle of Wight

Our marine conservation vessel, “Coastal Protector” is available for charter or hire from the Isle of Wight.

Suitable for Work Boat, Towage, Salvage, Diving, Safety Boat.