On Wednesday 4th February, PADI Pros and dive volunteers celebrated their shared passion for diving and ocean protection by taking part in a PADI Dive Day event with the Hurghada Environmental Protection and Conservation Association (HEPCA) and Project AWARE.
What if we told you the effort you put forth as a diver to complete a PADI certification course could also support ocean protection initiatives? These initiatives include securing conservation measures for the most vulnerable shark and ray species, and providing the tools and resources to volunteer scuba divers to take action against marine debris in their local communities and to collect data critical to working towards solutions to this global issue.
Tuna and other fish species may congregate around whale sharks, but new rule reduces the chance that the giant sea creatures could get caught in nets targeting those species.
Whale sharks are among the largest living fish in the world -- weighing up to 40,000 pounds and 40 feet in length. They are also so docile that humans often swim with them without concern, snapping photographs of their incredible size.
As we hit the ground running toward agressive goals for 2015, we take a moment to check in on our partners in the field - the Ocean Action Projects you voted to receive support for their grassroots conservation efforts around the world. Be sure to keep an eye on their My Ocean profiles to get the latest info about the awesome actions they’re leading. Here’s a snapshot of what they’ve achieved so far:
A pan-European survey has revealed the public’s awareness, concerns and priorities about human impacts on the oceans. The results show high levels of concern about marine pollution in particular, and that, generally, respondents were most concerned about the issues they felt most informed about. The study could help policymakers develop marine strategies that are more responsive to public preferences, its authors say.
A drinks container deposit scheme is to be introduced in NSW within the next few weeks as part of a plan to clean up the state's beaches and parks.
The details of the cash for containers scheme are still being finalised but it is likely to feature a rebate of 10 cents per item.
The NSW Government has been negotiating with the drinks industry to introduce the system and Environment Minister Rob Stokes said similar initiatives had proved highly successful in reducing waste in public spaces around the world.
The New Year is a time for celebration and looking toward the future with hope. Although the recent reports on the state of our oceans doesn’t give much hope for the future of our blue planet, there is a growing realization among world leaders that the ocean needs urgent action.
The New South Wales (NSW) State Government in Australia has finally lifted the fishing amnesty on most coastal marine sanctuaries. For nearly 2 years, coastal marine sanctuaries in NSW have been open to recreational fishing leaving our precious marine life unprotected.
Tiny particles found in sea-floor sediment point to partial solution to 'missing plastic' problem.
Billions of tiny plastic fragments are littering each square kilometre of the deep sea, an analysis of sea-floor sediments suggests.
Although the study sampled a small number of sites, the locations ranged from the subpolar Atlantic to the Indian Ocean, enabling researchers to design future studies that could determine where much of the plastic manufactured by humans ends up.
It is no secret that the world’s oceans are swimming with plastic debris – the first floating masses of trash were discovered in the 1990s. But researchers are starting to get a better sense of the size and scope of the problem.
A study published Wednesday in the journal PLOS One estimates that 5.25 trillion pieces of plastic, large and small, weighing 269,000 tons, can be found throughout the world’s oceans, even in the most remote reaches.
As divers, we share a special connection with our ocean planet and therefore hold a natural affinity to want to protect the marine environment. This past 10 days, Project AWARE has been on the frontlines participating at the IUCN World Parks Congress in Sydney to represent and highlight all the awesome actions that divers across the globe take to help protect our ocean planet.