Supporting the ocean clean-up, one beer at a time!

We are proud to be partnering with Fathoms Free, a certified charity which actively cleans the ocean around the Cornish peninsula. The brewery is donating a percentage of all profits from the Cove range of beers to help fund the vital clean-up of our seas and shoreline. 

Each purchase from the Cove range will help generate funds to purchase a remotely operated vehicle (ROV) and fund retrieval dives; every batch we brew will raise the equivalent cost of a fully-funded dive.  

Fathoms Free is a Cornwall-based charity whose day-to-day mission involves dives from their fast-response specialist vessel to recover ghost fishing gear; abandoned nets, pots, angling equipment and other plastic causes severe damage to the marine environment and the death of countless seabirds, seals, dolphins and other sea life.

The campaign to raise funds for an ROV is a new initiative which will take the clean-up work to a new level; the highly-manoeuvrable underwater vehicle will be used to scour the seabed, harbours and remote parts of the coastline for abandoned fishing gear and other marine litter.

Project Manager Natallia Paliakova from Fathoms Free said: “Apart from helping us locate ghost gear underwater, the ROV will also be capable of recording underwater video which is always great for raising awareness about marine pollution issues.”

She added: “We are really excited to be partnering with The Driftwood Spars Brewery and appreciate the proactive support of Mike and his team in bringing the purchase of an ROV a step closer to reality.”

Our Head Brewer Mike personally approached the charity after their work was featured on the BBC 2 documentary, ‘Cornwall with Simon Reeve’.  

As a keen bunch of surfers and sea swimmers, we are only too aware of the problem of marine litter. The scale of the challenge is scary, but the determination of organisations like Fathoms Free is inspiring.

You can hear the waves and taste the salt on the air from the door of both brewery and pub, and the rough seas along the rugged North coast often throw up discarded nets and other detritus; we often collect this ‘ghost gear’ on our daily beach excursions.    

This is a great partnership to support a cause close to our hearts. We know the money we raise will have a positive and lasting impact. The Cove range was inspired by our unique surroundings and the artwork – by local artist Jago Silver – reflects that. Now donations from each purchase will contribute towards the vital ocean clean-up taking place right on our doorstep.

The Cove range can currently be purchased in the web shop, at the brewery store, and in good independent bottle shops in Cornwall.


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