Thank you to everyone who has supported the project. Here is a short video, featuring just a few of our supporters.
The team recently worked on some filming on the Bass Rock with wildlife cameraman and broadcaster, Simon King OBE. Well known for his work with BBC Springwatch, Autumnwatch, The Blue Planet, Natural World and Shetland Diaries, to name but a few, Simon is a respected and acclaimed figure within the nature and photographic sectors.
Simon said: “The national marine centre is an inspired idea. Now, more than ever, it is essential to inform people of all ages about our amazing marine heritage and the need to look after it. Increasing the education programme is a fantastic opportunity to ensure respect for nature is inherent from a young age. This is a brilliant project and one I’m very happy to support.”
We are extremely proud to have support for the project from Jean-Michel Cousteau. For more than four decades, Jean-Michel has dedicated himself and his vast experience to communicate to people of all nations and generations his love and concern for our water planet.
Jean-Michel said: “I want to lend my complete support and encouragement for your efforts to build a national marine centre. What an amazing project. My father, Jacques Cousteau, always said, 'People protect what they love.' Over the years, I have added, 'But, people can’t protect what they don’t understand.' We are all ambassadors for our planet and the myriad of living things which inhabit it … everything is connected.”
Long-term Seabird friend, BBC TV and radio presenter and wildlife expert, Euan McIlwraith, has committed his support to the project. Euan is well known for his work on Landward and BBC Radio Scotland's Out of Doors.
Euan said: “One of my earliest assignments when I joined the BBC was to interview the then retiring chairman of Scottish Natural Heritage, Magnus Magnusson. I was terrified. He was a big star and I was very nervous journalist. The last question I put to the great man was; 'So much has been achieved in the natural world, what's left to do?'
"He gave me a long look and said quietly; 'The sea. The marine ecosystem. It's vital.'
"That made a lasting impression and was one of the reasons I've been a big supporter of the North Berwick Seabird Centre since its inception. Our seas are vital to the way we live. And to abuse the sea is simply criminal.
"The idea of a national marine centre is on one level inspired and on another raises the question why has it not been done before. I not only wish it success but will happily wave its flag from the ramparts!"