Plastic pollution off the northwest coast of North America is reaching the level of the notoriously polluted North Sea, according to a new study led by a researcher at the University of British Columbia.
The study, published online in the journal Marine Pollution Bulletin, examined stomach contents of beached northern fulmars on the coasts of British Columbia, Canada, and the states of Washington and Oregon, U.S.A.
"Like the canary in the coal mine, northern fulmars are sentinels of plastic pollution in our oceans," says Stephanie Avery-Gomm, the study's lead author and a gr MORE
Working globally and acting locally has never been so important. If you’re a local ocean hero trying to make a difference in your community or you have a project that needs an extra push – then the Ocean Action Project is for you!
Abandoned and lost fishing gear makes up about 10 percent of the trash that collects in the world’s oceans, according to a report from the United Nations. Much of this debris is lost in storms, vandalized or simply discarded. It piles up on beaches, creates a navigational hazard for boats or settles to the bottom, where it can damage sensitive ecosystems. Discarded nets can cause a particular problem as they continue to “ghost fish,”trapping fish and other sea animals like turtles, seabirds and dolphins.
You could say we’re one year old today (even though technically, we’re nearing 20 as a registered nonprofit). But one year ago, on 8 June 2011, Project AWARE Foundation refocused and relaunched our commitment to ocean protection. 8 June is also World Ocean Day - a time when AWARE divers around the world take action and celebrate the ocean. A perfect day for an anniversary, wouldn’t you say?
Project AWARE Foundation staff are deeply saddened about the passing of a long-time colleague, mentor and friend Seba Sheavly. A leader in the marine debris field for two decades, Seba was a keystone figure in the conservation community and a tireless advocate for the ocean.
Sharp increase of small plastic debris in the 'Garbage Patch' could have ecosystem-wide consequences.
A 100-fold upsurge in human-produced plastic garbage in the ocean is altering habitats in the marine environment, according to a new study led by a graduate student researcher at Scripps Institution of Oceanography at UC San Diego.
Local PADI dive centre Adventure’s Edge in conjunction with Oceans Research and Reef Divers will Dive against Debris on Tuesday, 01 May 2012 at Santos Reef, and will also be doing a shore based cleanup for the non divers, as part of Adventure’s Edge, Oceans Research and Reef Divers commitment to protecting the ocean. Our trained divers not only remove underwater debris such as plastic bags, bottles, fishing line, and tyres , but also identify and document everything they see underwater in a larger effort to prevent marine debris.
One afternoon on the island of Koh Tao, a poor boat captain watched as his vessel filled with rubbish. Over five hours, ten volunteer divers removed a record amount of trash from one reef.
Some months earlier, in a bid to protect a shallow reef at Hin Ngam, local dive schools and the Save Koh Tao Group installed a ‘No Boat’ Zoning Line. But after the monsoon season New Heaven divers were astonished to find an 80 metre stretch of line covered in bags, ropes, and marine debris.
Celebrate Earth Day 2012 by Diving For Debris with Jupiter Dive Center! Join us Sunday morning to discuss marine debris in our local area and the effects on local marine life. We will go over methods of removing fishing line commonly found on our wrecks and reefs. What to take and what to leave. We will Dive Against Debris on the afternoon 2 tank dive and sort and record what we remove from the ocean. Divers will be given a cutting tool, mesh "trash" bags and a t-shirt commemorating the event. Participants will also receive the