Surfers, kayakers, fishers, boaties, swimmers and beach walkers are all passionate about the marine environment but divers are most likely to contribute to marine citizen science projects, according to a national survey by a Southern Cross University researcher.
Like most scuba divers, I'm a big shark and ray lover! I have been lucky enough to see a few underwater - manta ray, hammerhead, reef sharks - but I haven't experienced yet the thrill of an encounter with the majestic devil rays or the amazing thresher shark.
Flavio Scotto d’Abusco’s story begins with adventure. In 2006, he had been travelling the world with a group of friends by backpack, wandering from county to county booking flights as he went. During a 12-day stop in the Perhentian Islands of Malaysia, Flavio and his friends – avid sportsmen – stumbled upon a dive shop offering scuba lessons. It was then that Flavio took his first open water scuba course, where he was blown away by the magnificence of the underwater ecosystems he encountered.
How far would you go to help protect sharks and rays? This October 1-2 in Bali, during CITES CoP17, Project AWARE supporter and PADI Regional Manager Paul “Tosh” Tanner will participate in what many have described as the toughest and most exhilarating event on the planet – the Tough Mudder.
Since the launch of Dive Against Debris™ in 2011, more than 25,000 divers have participated in surveys that have removed more than 600,000 pieces of trash from underwater environments. Their efforts and progress have been astounding. This incredible, worldwide grassroots effort has saved the lives of countless ocean species and made our oceans cleaner and safer for marine plants, animals and divers alike. Though we’ve made significant progress over the last few years, the unfortunate reality is that there is still much more trash in the ocean, largely unreported.
We all have our reasons for giving back to the ocean. For many, the decision to get involved in conservation is rooted in a love for the underwater world, an affinity for the outdoors, a passion for the incredible plants and animals that inhabit this earth. Gary Green’s reason for getting involved in ocean conservation was simple.
He explains, "The sea saved my life. It gave me hope."
New IUCN Red List assessments reveal that growing human pressures on whale sharks, winghead sharks and Bornean orangutans are putting these species at an increasing risk of extinction. Whale sharks and winghead sharks are now listed as Endangered and Bornean orangutans as Critically Endangered – only one step from going extinct.
The world needs “to act now to avoid living in a sea of plastic by mid-century,” stresses a publication by the UN Environment Programme (UNEP) and GRID-Arendal. The report, ‘Marine Litter Vital Graphics,' which summarizes current knowledge on plastic litter in the oceans and highlights areas where more research is needed, predicts 33 billion tonnes of plastic will accumulate around the planet by 2050 if current trends continue.
It’s been a very tempestuous week of political fallout since the UK voted by 52% to leave the European Union in a public vote. Seas At Risk* is determined to continue working with its members inside and outside the UK for a healthy marine environment.
Like many young girls, Sabrina Marelli looks up to her mother. Throughout childhood, she observed and admired her mother working in a scuba diving shop in Delaware, US, advancing up the ranks to become a skilled diver, master scuba instructor, and eventually dive center manager. At just ten years old, Sabrina followed in her mom’s steps and earned her open water scuba certification.
The Annual Meeting of the Inter-American Tropical Tuna Commission (IATTC) ended on 1st July in La Jolla, California. While no measures were adopted for the management of Tropical Tuna and for the conservation of Bluefin Tuna, good progress was made on shark conservation and on Fishing Aggregating Devices (FADs) management.
In just a few months, South Africa will host 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) - a World Wildlife Conference expected to be the largest global gathering of people focused on international wildlife trade since CITES came into force in 1975.