President Barack Obama Monday signed into law a bill phasing out the manufacture of facewash, toothpaste and shampoo containing plastic microbeads by July 1, 2017 and the sale of these products by July 1, 2018.
Earlier this year we told you the story of the Ugly Journey of our Trash, how our everyday litter travels from land to sea. As divers, we know too well how it endangers marine ecosystems and wildlife along the way but it’s easy to forget that even small everyday life items can pose a serious risk to marine creatures such as sea turtles.
Dene Roth grew up in a small desert community outside Pheonix, Arizona in the United States. But that didn’t matter. From a young age, she was called to the ocean. Her youth was spent daydreaming about turquoise coastlines, a swim in the ocean or chance to dive below the waves. She would wonder about underwater environments and creatures, curious about their activities, interactions and habitats. In high school this curiosity led Dene to become, in her words, obsessed with sharks.
The holidays are upon us, and ’tis the season for many parties and gatherings. The Office of Response and Restoration has put together a few tips for keeping your impact on the ocean low throughout all your festivities, including a few for reducing waste that could become marine debris:
This week, in a bid to support Europe’s much needed transition from a linear “take, make, dispose” model of economic growth to an economy where waste is minimized and products are designed to be reused and recycled continuously, the European Commission adopted a new Circular Economy Package. This set of measures aims to contribute to "closing the loop" of product life-cycles through greater recycling and re-use expected to benefit both the environment and economy.
The Oceans Day at COP21, on Friday 4 December, will build on the recommendations and solutions put forward by the Ocean and Climate Forum, previous UNFCCC Oceans Days and the Oceans Day at Rio+20, as well as the outcome of the World Oceans Day organized by the Intergovernmental Oceanographic Commission and the Ocean and Climate Platform at UNESCO Headquarters.
Featured from PADI.com: For having so many small islands, the area of Micronesia is a giant in the dive world. You can spend a lifetime island-hopping and still have more to discover. Although there are a number of island states in the area, the main destinations — Palau, Yap, Chuuk and Guam — evoke images of world-class undersea adventure.
Widespread adoption of products labelled “biodegradable” will not significantly decrease the volume of plastic entering the ocean or the physical and chemical risks that plastics pose to marine environment, accord to a United Nations report released today.
If you knew her growing up, Charlee Shea probably seemed an unlikely shark advocate. She moved to South West Rocks on the mid north coast of New South Wales, Australia at age 12, but wasn’t exactly the “coastal” type. In fact, she was terrified of the ocean. Susceptible, like so many of us are, to the exaggerated myths of sharks as man-eating predators, Charlee was so mortified that she refused to even enter ocean waters.
Featured from ScubaEarth: Hawai’i is several destinations in one, as each of the major islands has its own unique dive experience. But, while each island is unique, almost 30 percent of everything you see can only be seen in the islands of Hawai’i. From December to May, the waters off all of Hawai’i fill with the haunting song of humpback whales.
Fishing nations at the annual meeting of the International Commission for the Conservation of Atlantic Tunas (ICCAT) have once again failed to adopt scientific advice and best practices to safeguard several species of oceanic sharks.
All the beautiful islands that make up French Polynesia have the capacity to inspire even the hardest heart to romantic yearning. With wafts of frangipani on every soft breeze, a thousand shades of electric blue in every lagoon, coconut palms placed perfectly on every soft sand beach, the islands that make up the nation of Tahiti are beyond compare.
Overfishing, including through finning and bycatch, is taking a serious toll on shark populations - threats that will continue if shark fishing remains largely unmanaged in the world’s ocean.
In November, Parties of the International Commission for Conservation of Atlantic Tunas (ICCAT)* have the opportunity and the scientific basis to take positive steps towards effective shark management in the Atlantic.