ESSENTIAL SEA MISSION:

GHOST NETS RECOVERY & SEA TURTLE CONSERVATION

Successful event for Luminox in Sattahip, Gulf of Thailand

November 2017, Singapore, Malaysia & Brunei – The Luminox ESSENTIAL SEA MISSION: GHOST NETS RECOVERY & SEA TURTLE CONSERVATION event, was aimed at raising awareness about ocean conservation. Held in Sattahip, Thailand, it was a gathering of more than 60 participants from several Asian countries including Thailand, Brunei, China, Indonesia, Japan, Malaysia, Philippines and Singapore.


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On Saturday, November 11th, the participants were divided into two different groups. For the certified divers, Luminox organized two diving sessions in the Gulf of Thailand led by Scott Cassel – brand ambassador, ocean conservationist for combat diver. The mission of the dives was to recover ghost nets or abandoned fishing nets that have been trapping ocean lives. This area is unfortunately known for ghost nets due to the fishing villages found near-by. Assisted by local Thai volunteers’ Association, Save Our Seas (SOS), Luminox and its divers went straight to its mission to recover abandoned fishing nets by using simple gears such as a rubbish bag to lift the nets off the coral reefs. Each diver was equipped with a scissors to cut the nets into smaller pieces to allow the nets to be easily collected. The mission proved to be a real success and more than 200 kilograms of ghost nets collected by the team!

To commemorate Luminox’s launch of the LEATHERBACK SEA TURTLE collection earlier this year, the mission for the second group of non-diver participants were to visit the Sea Turtle Conservation Center, managed by the Royal Thai Navy. Sea turtle conservation is an important component of ocean conservation which Luminox is proud to be associated with. Luminox participants were able to learn how baby turtles are being fed, grown, protected and released back into sea. The Luminox teams were able to release no less than ten turtles into the sea - a very emotional and exciting moment for all. Most of the released turtles are aged between 2 and 3 years, while the oldest at 5 years of age, was renamed “Luminox” and is expected to return to the exact same beach in a few years to lay eggs.

In ocean conservation, coral reef rejuvenation is important to ensure sustained life form in the sea. The group also had the chance to join a coral reef planting activity. This involved using a recycled metal stand and screwing in corals through a method similar to plant grafting. Subsequently, a representative from each country went out to the sea to witness the embedding of the corals in the sea. This is a simple process which shows that everyone and anyone can be an ocean conservator.

To end off the Essential Sea Mission, there was a “Luminous party” at the Renaissance Pattaya Resort & Spa on Saturday evening and a sharing experience session on Sunday, November 12. The sharing session allowed the divers and non-divers to share their experience. While the experiences for both parties may be different, the mission was the same – to save the seas. Luminox hopes by educating the participants about ghost nets recovery, sea turtle conservation and coral reef planting, this will raise awareness on wildlife preservation and ocean protection.
Luminox & Scott Cassell

Luminox shares Cassell’s concern for the viability of the oceans, so it has chosen to partner with him since 2009, by helping to fund his organization, the Undersea Voyager Project. The Undersea Voyager Project aims to educate and collect observations undersea to help raise awareness about ocean conservation. It is active in bringing children in a mini-research submarine that helps to educate them about the ocean.
Luminox is part of Scott Cassell’s Essential Gear for every mission. Luminox supports his work through selling special edition watches of which part of the proceedings are donated to Scott’s non-profit organizations. On Cassell’s, André Bernheim, owner and CEO of Mondaine Watch Ltd. says: “Scott not only does an extraordinary job, protecting endangered white sharks or removing ghost nets from the Ocean – he is also a man of high ideals and a fantastic person to work with”.
Scott Cassell UVP 3500 Set Series

In support of the UVP, Luminox has created the new 3509.SET in collaboration with Cassell. A portion of proceeds from sales of this watch will go toward funding UVP and its mission of exploration. The Swiss-made 3509.SC.SET is built for diving, with a sturdy Carbon Compound case. It has a stainless steel protected crown, unidirectional ratcheting bezel, 200-meter water resistance and a clear, high-contrast dial with Luminox Light Technology (LLT) that glows for up to 25 years, regardless of conditions, so that the watch is always visible. The orange dial is marked with both the Luminox logo and the UVP logo. The stainless steel case back depicts a 3D marking of Cassell’s U boat. The watch is provided as a set with three interchangeable straps - one polyurethane, one webbing textile, one Velcro faststrap with the UVP giant squid logo - a compass and a strap-changing tool – all packed in a dive mask storage box.

ALWAYS VISIBLE
Navy SEALs, law enforcement, emergency personnel and more wear Luminox watches, and these professionals need to be able to see the time no matter the conditions. That’s why Luminox uses tiny tritium gas tubes, which will provide illumination for up to 25 years. Unlike other luminosity systems, which depend on exterior light sources to charge luminous paint or a pushbutton to illuminate the watch, the luminosity is built right into Luminox watches, ensuring that you will always be able to see the time, no matter the conditions.

ABOUT LUMI-NOX
Luminox, the original self-powered luminous watch brand, is the watch of choice for U.S. Navy SEALs, F-117 NighthawkTM stealth jet pilots, other elite forces and professional divers. Luminox watches glow up to 25 years in any light condition, Always Visible. Tough, powerful and accurate, Swiss-made Luminox is the ultimate night vision gear for serious athletes, rugged outdoorsmen and other peak performers. Visit luminox.com and facebook.com/LuminoxSingapore.