This September was a truly remarkable Debris Month of Action to remember. Together, we removed more than 22,200 pieces of trash from underwater environments worldwide! In September alone, divers across the globe removed and reported more than 25,000 lbs/11,500 kgs of debris in total. Thanks to all volunteers for diving in!
When the Birmingham's National Exhibition Centre (NEC) will open its doors to welcome DIVE 2014 visitors on 25 and 26 October, scuba divers will have just a few days left to speak up for imperiled shark and ray species before their fate is debated at the 11th Meeting of the Conference of the Parties to the Convention on the Conservation of Migratory Species (CMS) to be held in Quito, Ecuador early November 2014.
Seas At Risk will host an event in the European Parliament on the 4th of November to discuss the upcoming review of EU waste legislation and new proposals for a circular economy. The event will consist of two panel discussions and question and answer sessions with the audience.
Together, we’ve hit 400,000! That’s 400K pieces of trash removed and reported from volunteer divers like you since 2011. Everything from toilet seats to plastic bags – you can see all the dirty details including a growing tally of trash items, the breakdown trash types and the individual dive survey details on the interactive Dive Against Debris map.
This week, the Northwest Atlantic Fisheries Organization (NAFO) holds its annual meeting in Europe’s largest fishing port: Vigo, Spain. We’ve been working with various colleagues, including Shark Advocates International and Shark Trust to encourage NAFO decisions toward more responsible regional fisheries for sharks and skates.
On 6 September, Helsinki celebrated Project AWARE's Debris Month of Action with a loud and big community event. Dimjami Music Band joined the celebrations to cheer up the divers who came together to conduct a Dive Against Debris survey and remove a staggering amount of marine debris from the Baltic sea.
The setting of Total Allowable Catch for NAFO fish stocks will take centre stage at the 36th Annual Meeting to be held in Vigo, Galicia from 22-26 September 2014.
The meeting, hosted by Spain with support from the European Commission, will see the representatives of 12 NAFO Contracting Parties discuss the setting of catch limits based on the best scientific advice.
New CITES trade controls come into effect on 14 September. Most comprehensive global effort seen in CITES’ 40-year history to give sharks and manta rays a better chance of surviving in the wild through robust regulation of international trade.
Researchers have created a new model that could help determine what area of the world is to blame for each ocean garbage patch of floating debris – a difficult task for a system as complex and massive as the ocean.
Following rigorous examination of the proposal, Chairman Dr Paul Vogel said there remains a high degree of scientific uncertainty about impacts on the viability of the south-western white shark population.
“At this stage, the available information and evidence does not provide the EPA with a high level of confidence. In view of these uncertainties, the EPA has adopted a cautious approach by recommending against the proposal,” Dr Vogel said.