Western Australian researchers are conducting a global initiative to evaluate the importance of sharks for conservation and economic development, in a bid to slow global declines in shark numbers.
Researchers at the University of Western Australia's Oceans Institute are collecting data for a valuation of shark populations in Australia, following the success of similar studies in Fiji, Borneo and Palau.
Sometimes finding the perfect gift can be a daunting task. This is especially true during the holiday season. Why not treat your loved ones with a gift that keeps on giving and contributes to protecting what divers love the most: the ocean?
From AWARE clothing to AWARE courses for divers and non-divers alike, there are a full range of gifts you can make to spread the ocean love and make this year’s holiday season a special occasion to share your passion for ocean conservation with friends and family.
Each square kilometre of ocean around Australia is polluted with thousands of 'invisible' fragments of plastic, a new study has found, posing a potential health hazard for humans and marine life alike.
Swimming, running or cycling 3 miles come rain or shine every day for 3 months to raise £333 each month until Christmas is the challenge Joanne Flack, Immerse School of Diving Dive Instructor, has set for herself to help put an end to shark finning and give back to the ocean during the Holiday season.
The ocean provides food, regulates our climate, gives us oxygen and acts as our planet's life support system - with every breath, we’re connected to the ocean. To kick off the Holiday season, we pause to give thanks to all our volunteer divers who protect the ocean planet one dive at a time.
What happens to shark and ray species when decision makers don’t follow scientific advice? How can science support sustainable shark and ray management? These were some of the questions addressed during this year’s European Elasmobranch Association’s (EEA) annual conference held in Plymouth UK from 1st to 3rd November where shark scientists and advocates from all corners of the globe came to discuss the latest in shark science and conservation.
Rays trapped in lost fishing nets, floating plastic bags resembling jellyfish, glass bottles and tyres covering the ocean floor are all too common a sight for scuba divers who are the first to see how devastating marine litter is underwater. Many of us pick up trash every time we dive. We organize or participate in Dive Against Debris. And between now and December 18th, you have a unique opportunity to share your opinion on how the European Union (EU) can best tackle marine litter.
In the Great Lakes, marine debris affects the beauty of our environment, is a health and safety hazard, threatens our wildlife and natural resources, and comes at a significant economic cost. From a beach covered in trash to an animal entangled in fishing line, marine debris is a problem we can’t ignore. This article focuses on microplastics, a little—and little known—type of marine debris.
Dive store owners from across New South Wales (NSW), Australia have united, writing to Premier O’Farrell urging him to reverse the decision to allow fishing in marine sanctuaries and reinstate the protection the ocean requires.
They did! More than 50,000 runners finished the 2013 ING New York City Marathon on Sunday, November 3, making this years race the largest marathon ever. Among them, a team of passionate divers, shark lovers and competitive runners crossed the finish line in support of shark conservation.
New EU proposals would require member states to choose between three methods of reducing the waste from bags.
European Union member states could cut their plastic bag use by 80%, the European commission has said, by charging for bags or even banning them.
Plastic bags are a major cause of seaborne pollution, which is a serious hazard for marine life, and some regions have already moved to cut their use through charging. The UK deputy prime minister, Nick Clegg, has pledged to bring forward charges in England that will affect single-use bags given out by supermarkets.