Testimonials

 

Please take some time to read about things people have said about our project including some of our funders, volunteers and supporters 

Sue Burton Pembrokeshire SAC Officer (Special Area of Conservation)

“Not only are the members of N.A.R.C. doing their individual bit to help make the marine environment a cleaner and more natural place to be, for themselves and fellow users (divers/fishermen..), but they are also improving the environment for the wildlife. N.A.R.C s activities help to fulfil some of the required actions from the Pembrokeshire Marine S.A.C Management scheme (under refuse and litter , and raising awareness).It is for this reason that the relevant authorities group for the S.A.C. chose to help fund some of N.A.R.C. s activities in 2007.” 

Simon Preddy Keep Wales Tidy (Fly Tipping Officer)

“N.A.R.C. have made an invaluable contribution to the Pride in Our Communities project within Pembrokeshire. They have raised the awareness of the problem of fly-tipping around our waterways and undertaken activities to clean up the mess. The divers have willingly and consistently given their time to help improve our local environment.”

Jimmy McVeigh An Taisce (clean coast Officer)

“As part of the Clean Coasts Project David Kennard of N.A.R.C. came over to Ireland to teach Irish divers, including members of the Irish Underwater Councils about how to conduct underwater clean ups. This was a very successful exchange of knowledge and a number of dive groups have undertaken clean ups since N.A.R.C”s visit. Their presentation was very informative and left the Irish divers with the required skills to conduct clean ups of their own. We hope that N.A.R.C will be able to make it over to Ireland in the future to give further presentations, their enthusiasm for the protection and preservation of the marine environment is infectious.”

Kate Lock (Skomer Marine Nature Reserve)

“N.A.R.C volunteers do a superb job of clearing the sea bed of litter including miles of angling line, bucket loads of lead weights and fishing pots. The litter if not cleared and kills and damages marine life. Monofilament line tangles fish and crabs and also cuts into the soft tissue of sponges and corals like the pink sea fan,(a UK protected species).Public awareness of the damage caused by marine litter is needed and N.A.R.C. plays a key role in promoting the awareness through their work. In the Skomer Marine Nature Reserve we are particularly grateful of the efforts of N.A.R.C. where the quantities of lost tackle below popular angling sites is of concern.”

Gill Bell (Marine Conservation Society)

“N.A.R.C. has been very supportive of M.C.S. activities within Wales and in addition to promoting marine conservation, B.A.P. species recording and sustainable fishing through the Good Fish Guide, they have also carried out two underwater clean surveys as part of the M.C.S. Beachwatch 2008 weekend”

Dawn Wilde (NARC volunteer)

“I have been a NARC volunteer from day one. NARC is a great environmental underwater idea. It gives me a wonderful feel good factor while having fun and enjoyment in my hobby.”

Dr Lou Luddington, (Marine Biologist & NARC Volunteer)

“ I find it very distressing seeing litter when I am diving or snorkeling, especially if there is potential for entanglement or damage to marine life. Volunteering with NARC gives me the chance to clear up some of this litter as part of an effective team whilst also raising public awareness of the problem. Discarded or lost anglers line and tackle are a particular problem at popular angling spots. Part of NARC’s role is to highlight this problem and encourage anglers to reduce loss of tackle by using the appropriate lead weights (ones without barbs for rocky coastal fishing areas) or by switching to biodegradable fishing line and lures. This is a fantastic hands-on project which I am proud to support!

David Jones, (Pembrokeshire Coastal Forum & NARC Secretary)
“As someone who not only enjoys and appreciates the marine environment in my spare time I’m lucky in that my career involves me in Coastal Zone Management. Marine policy and projects can take a long time to develop where the outputs and outcomes are often time consuming and difficult. One of the many things I love about volunteering with NARC is that your work is instant, gratifying and really does make a difference. In just one dive you can free entangled wildlife and improve the habitat. I’m really proud of our partnership working especially with the Pembrokeshire and Welsh Federation of Angling Coaches in producing site specific tackle tips leaflets for anglers.”