The Deep News - April 2017

Banner CONGRATULATIONS TO OUR NEW DIVE MASTERS

CONGRATULATIONS TO OUR NEW DIVE MASTERS

26th April 2017

Massive congratulations to our Aquarists Tom and Paul who have recently completed their Dive Master qualification! Here they are celebrating with their Dive Instructor Gen Mac-Callum and diving in the Lagoon of Light exhibit.

Splitting their time between 8 Acre Lake in Brough and Stoney Cove in Leicester, they had to confidently demonstrate skills in search and recovery, rescue, underwater navigation and stamina and were required to swim over 1200m and tread water for 15 minutes in 5 degree water!

Demonstrating leadership and responsibility, they took turns leading new students who were undertaking their Open Water Qualification and supervising them getting to grips with their underwater skills.

Both Tom and Paul are now qualified to enter our Endless Ocean Exhibit – we can’t wait to see them take to the water!

Banner NATIONAL ZOO PHOTOGRAPHY AWARDS ON SHOW

NATIONAL ZOO PHOTOGRAPHY AWARDS ON SHOW

25th April 2017

Throughout May and June, a compilation of stunning photographs that were shortlisted or won awards in The National Zoo Photography Awards are taking price of place on our 3rd floor gallery. Hosted by the British and Irish Association of Zoos and Aquariums (BIAZA), this competition has run across the UK since 2010.

This competition celebrates the work of UK zoo and aquariums, by displaying a wide variety of taxa. Images depict reptiles, fish, amphibians, big cats and primates.

Each year, dozens of entries are submitted by Zookeepers, Aquarists and volunteers conveying life within a BIAZA collection, work behind the scenes and wildlife in the wild, in connection with the zoo or aquarium’s conservation work.

Exhibited as a collection to the public for the first time, we have selected some of our favourite photos from previous years’ entrants. 

Two of the images on show were captured by James Denman, one of The Deep’s own Senior Aquarists. His picture ‘Golden’ was awarded first place in the ‘Endangered Species’ category at the 2016 awards.

Banner WE’RE A VISIT ENGLAND ACCESS FOR ALL FINALIST!

WE’RE A VISIT ENGLAND ACCESS FOR ALL FINALIST!

14th April 2017

We're very excited to be a finalist in the VisitEngland Inclusive Tourism category. We are the only finalist from this region and are up against stiff competition from the Eden Project and Victoria and Albert Museum.

This award focuses on the tourism experience which is provided to disabled visitors and those with physical and sensory access needs such as older people. This allowed us to showcase the wide range of measure that we have put into place in recent years including our accessibility guide, social stories, audio and Braille assistance guides, large print visitor guides, guided tours, mobility aids and quiet spaces when required. Find out more about our access provision here

Banner BIAZA ANNUAL CONFERENCE COMES TO HULL

BIAZA ANNUAL CONFERENCE COMES TO HULL

11th April 2017

The BIAZA (British and Irish Association of Zoos and Aquariums) annual general meeting and conference comes to Hull this week. Delegates and corporate sponsors will be welcomed from all over the UK and Ireland for the three day event focused on Cultured Thinking: Placing Zoos and Aquariums within the Cultural Landscape of Britain and Ireland.

During the year in which Hull, a city coming out of the shadows, has been designated the City of Culture, BIAZA will take pause to look at how our zoos and aquariums fit into the culture of the United Kingdom and Ireland. Key note speakers include Fiona Dear from The Climate Coalition, Dr John Knight from Birmingham University and Talita Jenman from The Zoological Society of London. 

Banner DEEP RECRUITS FIRST EVER IUCN MARINE RED LIST OFFICER

DEEP RECRUITS FIRST EVER IUCN MARINE RED LIST OFFICER

4th April 2017

The Deep, has recruited the first Marine Red List Officer to lead the way in a new collaborative project with the Marine Biodiversity Unit of the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN). This exciting new post will help to achieve the IUCN’s goal of assessing 20,000 marine species by 2020 for the Red List of Threatened Species.

The advertised post received enormous interest from highly experienced marine scientists from across the globe. With an astounding 130 applicants, 11 of which undertook scheduled Skype interviews with a panel of experts from the UK and America, only 3 made it past the final round.

After facing international competition Rob Bullock who was born and bred in Hull and has worked for The Deep for over 5 years was appointed the successful candidate. Having completed a degree in Marine and Freshwater Biology at Hull University, Rob went onto study for a PhD whilst conducting conservation research at Bimini Shark lab in the Bahamas, and publishing his findings on the effects of shark tagging in the Journal of Fish Biology. More than 73,600 species have been assessed via The Red List so far, but marine species are still dangerously under-evaluated.

The Marine Officer will play an essential role in progressing the Global Marine Species Assessments (GMSA). Only 11,631 marine species have been assessed and over 1,093 are threatened with extinction. Along with the listing process the Marine Officer will be involved in educating visitors at The Deep through talks and workshops. The IUCN Red List has been assessing the extinction threat faced by species around the world for the last 50 years. It is the most comprehensive information source on the global conservation status of the world’s species. This crucial tool is instrumental to driving conservation actions towards threatened species, enabling conservationists to reduce or prevent extinctions. The Red List is a global reference relied on by policy makers at the highest levels. 

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