There is no easy way to tackle the issue of marine litter: it is complicated and has many causes, impacts and inputs. As a high percentage of marine litter comes from land based sources, EU legislation is possibly the best way to address the problem and look for solutions.
Twelve months before the entry into force of CITES regulations on shark and rays, the European Union approves a 1.2 million euro project to ensure their effective implementation. Brazil, China, Germany, Japan and the United States have also offered support and technical assistance.
The 178 Parties to the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora (CITES) are preparing for the implementation of the shark and ray listings that they adopted at the 16th meeting of the Conference of the Parties (CoP16) in March 2013 in Bangkok, Thailand.
Increasing amounts of litter are ending up in the world’s oceans and harming the health of ecosystems, killing animals when they become trapped or swallow the litter. Human health is also at risk, as plastics may break down into smaller pieces that may subsequently end up in our food. These are just a few of the problems emerging from the waste collecting in our seas.
Eco Dive will be hosting our first clean-up dive for international Clean-up month off the Grand Anse Beach in front of our dive shop on Sunday Sept 8th meeting for 1:30 pm. All divers who have been diving with us before are welcome and FREE of charge! We will be looking for any and all garbage plastics and treasures we can find off of Grand Anse and it promises to include some great sea critters at the same time. Later in the month we will follow up with a clean-up dive in our Marine Protected Area.
The Lakes Area Dive Team will conduct an underwater cleanup of area adjacent to Chase on the Lake in Walker, MN at Noon, Saturday September 28, 2013. The site was home to the International Eelpout Festival this past February 14-17, 2013 with over 10,000 people in attendance along. Festivities included ice fishing, beer tents, and a polar plunge, etc. To join in the cleanup efforts or for more information, please call Dan at the Dive Depot 218-444-3467.
Green turtles are swallowing plastic at twice the rate they did 25 years ago, according to a University of Queensland study.
Researchers from the School of Biological Sciences and CSIRO's Wealth from Oceans Flagship who analysed global research data from the past 25 years have found green and leatherback turtles are eating more plastic than ever before.
Study leader and PhD candidate Qamar Schuyler said turtles ate more plastic than any other form of debris.