With each breath we take, we're connected to the ocean. It provides food, regulates our climate, gives us oxygen and acts as our planet's life support system, yet only a fraction is protected. As divers, we know that tackling two of the biggest threats facing our ocean – marine debris and over-exploitation of shark and ray species – is a real challenge. We see these issues first-hand, but they give us the drive and determination to take action for ocean protection - fins on and off.
Inspired by his father, a scuba diver of more than 35 years, Jack Fishman learned to dive at just eight years old. When he first donned scuba gear and dipped his head below the surface, he discovered a world without limitation – he was exposed to countless fish, marine creatures and underwater vistas. He revelled at the bright and beautiful colors, shapes and patterns of the ocean world. During annual family vacations in Bonaire, he began to develop a connection to marine conservation.
Obama Proclamation On National Oceans Month 2016: Covering more than 70 percent of the earth's surface, oceans have a profound impact on our way of life. Home to a great diversity of plant and animal species, their precious ecosystems provide food and energy that are integral to our survival. In bringing tourism and recreation to coastal areas, oceans are important to America's economy, and they help facilitate trade and transportation, give mobility to our Armed Forces, and preserve our Nation's maritime heritage.
Addressing the marine debris issue is no walk in the park. It’s a complex problem that is truly global by nature and requires collaboration among stakeholders at local, national and international levels. It can be daunting to face, but we really do have the power to drive change!
Our countdown to the 17th meeting of the Conference of the Parties to the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species (CITES CoP17) – to be held in South Africa from September 24 to October 5, 2016 – begins this Endangered Species Day, May 20.
In a study published today in the journal PeerJ, scientists from the Charles Darwin Research Station (CDRS) and the National Geographic Society revealed that the northern Galapagos islands of Darwin and Wolf are home to the largest shark biomass reported to date (12.4 tons per hectare).
A professional PADI diver for over 35 years and an educator at Georgia Tech University in the United States for 34 years, Jim Consuegra is an ardent ocean activist. Throughout his diving and university teaching career, Jim has been a vocal advocate for the protection of our ocean and all marine creatures, teaching students and divers to become active participants in global efforts to protect the environment. It was Nelson Mandela who said, “Education is the most powerful weapon which you can use to change the world” – an ideal that Jim Consuegra truly embodies.
Conservationists are applauding news that 50 countries have joined efforts to list devil rays, threshers, and silky sharks under Appendix II the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species (CITES). Cosponsors to the proposals – made originally by Fiji, Sri Lanka, and Maldives (respectively) – now include the European Union and its 28 Member States, Bangladesh, Brazil, Egypt, United Arab Emirates, and eight West African nations. Many other countries are co-sponsoring one or two of the proposals.
It’s no secret. Scuba divers are some of the world’s most passionate ocean advocates. With our unique underwater access and dive skills, we’re a powerful movement – one that seeks out action and mobilizes for change.
Just one week ago, Project AWARE launched a new initiative to help spark and further grow this change. Adopt A Dive Site™ encourages dive professionals, centers and resorts in the local monitoring and protection of our underwater playgrounds against trash.
A record 175 documents proposing new measures and policies on international trade in wild fauna and flora were submitted by the 27 April deadline for consideration at the World Wildlife Conference - the 17th meeting of the Conference of the Parties to the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora (CITES CoP17). Among these documents, 60 are proposals to amend the lists of species subject to CITES trade controls were submitted by over 80 Parties from across the world.
Happy Earth Day, scuba friends! We are blown away by the enthusiasm of participants in our #MyDiveSite photo challenge. Your photos and stories prove that volunteer actions can add up to a big impact for the health of our oceans.
Scuba divers are some of the world’s most passionate ocean advocates. With our unique underwater access and dive skills, we’re a powerful movement – one that seeks out action and mobilizes for change.
With an international net closing in on the trade in threatened species of aquatic life, countries in Asia and the Pacific are working to implement tools that will offer a balance of protection while ensuring trade in seafood is not adversely affected, an FAO convened meeting has concluded.