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Aug. 06/15

This July, Discovery Channel' s Shark Week returned bigger than ever before, making a splash as the highest-rated Shark Week in the event's 28 year history.

And because viewers can't get enough of all things shark, for the first time ever, Discovery is introducing "Shweekend", a special weekend of all-new Shark Week programming on Saturday, August 29 and Sunday, August 30.

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Aug. 04/15

Dive Against Debris champion, Rob Thompson, was delighted at the opportunity to discuss the growing problem of plastic in the ocean with the Prince of Wales and Duchess of Cornwall at the Ocean Plastics Awareness Day on July 22.

In full diving gear, members of the Dive Against Debris Volunteers UK group shared their unique views on what lies beneath the waves highlighting what for most people is out of sight, out of mind.

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Jul. 20/15

This coming fall season, UK audiences will be able to immerse themselves in the wonders of the ocean without getting their feet wet! After a highly successful first tour in 2014, the Ocean Festival World Tour is returning to the UK. The festival, which originates in Australia, will feature a brand new selection of the world’s most captivating ocean-themed short films and will be shown in 24 towns and cities across the UK.

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Jul. 09/15

Sharks and rays are at a substantially higher risk of extinction than most other groups of animals. One quarter of all known species of sharks, skates and rays are listed as Threatened with Extinction on the IUCN Red List™.

Yet, over 1000 species that belong to this group play diverse, critical roles in the ocean ecosystem, are a source of food for thousands of people around the world, and provide many non-consumptive benefits to communities around the world.

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Jul. 09/15

Today, the European Parliament (EP) voted in Plenary in Strasbourg on the Pietikainen report, a circular economy report calling on the European Commission to increase its headline marine litter reduction target from 30% to 50% reduction by 2025. The report sends a vital message to the European Commission and Europe as a whole that the European Parliament is in favour of the circular economy as a way to greater resource security, increased jobs and growth, and to tackle marine litter.

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Jul. 04/15

IATTC takes steps to safeguard rays, but leaves finning ban weak, and sharks under-protected

Guayaquil, Ecuador. July 3, 2015. Fishing nations at the annual meeting of the Inter-American Tropical Tuna Commission (IATTC) have taken concrete, groundbreaking steps to conserve Eastern Pacific manta and devil rays, but have failed to reach consensus on proposals to strengthen the region’s ban on shark finning (slicing off a shark's fins and discarding the body at sea) or on bids to curb fishing of hammerhead and silky sharks.

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Jul. 02/15

On Wednesday 1st July, Team Labyrinth – Jase, Jo, James and Roxy – divers, sailors and film makers alike, premiered the first episode in a series of documentaries that they are producing to raise awareness about some of the most pressing issues facing our precious ocean planet. Voyage of the Labyrinth: Coral Island Clean Up showcases the impact of Dive Against Debris in working towards solutions to stop marine debris at the source.

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Jun. 22/15

I’m a firm believer in practising what I preach, so, as soon as the opportunity arose for me to complete the Dive Against Debris Distinctive Specialty Course with B&J Diving, I jumped at the chance.

Already being in Kuala Lumpur for the Malaysia International Dive Expo, it was a quick hop, skip and a jump across to Tioman Island.

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Jul. 01/15

The “most wonderful week of the year” – Discovery Channel’s Shark Week on July 5-12 – is almost here! Starting next week, shark lovers or haters and intrigued or fearful fans will be glued to their televisions for a chance to get a glimpse into the lives of these fascinating ocean predators. Are you ready?

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Jun. 22/15

A year after its establishment, members of the Marine Litter Action Network (MLAN) met again in London, UK, on June 8 to reflect on what the network had achieved during its first year, and discuss the way forward.

The anniversary event was an opportunity for Project AWARE and all participating members to catch up on various initiatives that emerged from working together as a network, as well as share the results of ongoing campaigns.

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