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 NARC 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. NARC’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 NARC s activities.” 

John, Local Fisherman

“I have been collaborating with NARC for a number of years now and we have worked together multiple times to help find and recover gear which is helping the environment and our fishery .” 

Simon Preddy Keep Wales Tidy

“NARC 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.”

Mark Local Fisherman

“NARC have assisted me on a number of occasions and inspired me to look at a number of adaptations to my gear to ensure any impacts from lost gear are minimised.”

Jimmy McVeigh An Taisce (clean coast Officer)

“As part of the Clean Coasts Project David Kennard of NARC 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 NARC’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 NARC 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.”

Chrysanthos Chormpas and George Spyropoulos Loutraki Divers, Greece

“We loved diving with the volunteers from Neptune’s Army of Rubbish Cleaners. After seeing so much debris and man-made litter under the sea here in Greece, we knew we had to do something to help. The team from Wales has shared their experience with us and we know this is only the beginning of a great unique partnership.”

Kate Lock, Natural Resources Wales (Skomer Marine Conservation Zone)

“NARC 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 NARC plays a key role in promoting the awareness through their work. In the Skomer Marine Conservation Zone we are particularly grateful of the efforts of NARC where the quantities of lost tackle below popular angling sites is of concern.”

Gill Bell (Marine Conservation Society)

“NARC. 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 underwater clean surveys as part of the M.C.S. Beachwatch weekends”

Fiona Howie, Campaign for National Parks Chief Executive,

‘We have had some excellent, innovative projects which have shown how working in partnership with others can have a real and lasting positive impact on communities across our National Parks. Neptune’s Army of Rubbish Cleaners is tackling an unglamorous and largely unseen but very harmful blight on the littoral fringes of a coastal park.”

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.”