Since age eight, Rachel Watts dreamed of learning to dive. There was just one problem… she didn’t know how to swim! Despite the obstacle that lay before her, Rachel added scuba diving to her ever-growing bucket list and continued dreaming about the day she’d take her first breath undersea. Rachel had always been interested in nature, frequently exploring rock pools at the beach during her childhood summer holidays and marvelling at the vast expanse of ocean before her. Her fascination and curiosity fuelled her ambition – she was determined that someday, she’d become scuba certified.
Today, World Wildlife Day, Project AWARE honors all scuba activists who, one dive at a time, are taking action to protect ocean wildlife from marine debris, the ocean’s silent killer. Started by the United Nations General Assembly in 2013, World Wildlife Day celebrates and raises awareness of the world’s wild animals and plants.
Environment Minister Greg Hunt has threatened to introduce a law to ban microbeads, the tiny particles that are found in face scrubs and body washes, if companies do not adhere to a voluntary phase-out.
As state and federal ministers met for the roundtable on plastic bags in Sydney today, Mr Hunt said the government was taking a "stronger stance" on this "important environmental issue".
"We will continue to work with companies towards a voluntary phase-out of microbeads," Mr Hunt said in a statement.
You asked, we listened! In an effort to make Dive Against Debris™ easier and more accessible to divers of all different locations and nationalities, we’ve expanded our Dive Against Debris resources to include more than 12 different languages.
Divers across the globe can now remove, record and report debris in the language of their choice. As a diver with a natural affinity for ocean protection, you have the skills and knowledge to make a difference. Now, we want to arm you with the tools and resources to put your next Dive Against Debris into action.
Signatories to the Convention on Migratory Species (CMS) Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) for Sharks have unanimously agreed to add twenty-two species of sharks and rays to the MoU scope, and to accept the applications of six conservation groups as Cooperating Partners in fulfilling MoU objectives. Conservationists are, in turn, calling on countries to take concrete national and international actions to fulfill new commitments to the imperiled species.
Scuba divers are used to descending great depths in the name of conservation, but how often do we look up? With a great love for the world below the sea, teenage ocean advocate Stephanie Wooley set her sights high above – she’d climb Tanzania’s Mount Kilimanjaro to raise funds and awareness for ocean protection.
A group of experts from international conservation organizations is announcing a new strategy for combating the decline of sharks and closely related rays, while warning that the rays are even more threatened and less protected than the higher profile sharks.
The call for greater inclusion of rays in conservation action plans is part of "Global Priorities for Conserving Sharks and Rays: A 2015-2025 Strategy," released today in conjunction with a Convention on Migratory Species (CMS) meeting on shark conservation currently underway in San Jose, Costa Rica.
New Florida State University research appearing today in Scientific Reports, a Nature journal, challenges a 2007 study published in Scienceclaiming that shark declines led to rising populations of cownose rays, which were responsible for the collapse of oyster and shellfish industries along the Atlantic coast.
The new research is significant since the previous study led in part to the creation of fisheries and bow-fishing tournaments for cownose rays such as the “Save the Bay, Eat a Ray” campaign that could put ray populations in jeopardy.
Australia’s leading marine scientists are appealing to the federal government to reject a review expected to recommend a significant reduction in the size of ocean sanctuaries and an expansion of areas permitted for commercial fishing.
The room had been transformed into an undersea fantasy: halls lined in blue and green satin resembled seaweed and salt water while floating balloon fish and jellyfish lanterns bobbed at eye level. The Caribbean Calypso beat “Under the Sea” pulsed as guests entered the space, welcomed by cascading bubbles and underwater video footage projected in grand scale on the walls. Belgian scuba instructor and ocean advocate, Tori Daenen, was celebrating her 40th birthday in style with 60 of her closest friends and family at her side.
Scuba divers and ocean lovers will be able to immerse themselves in the wonders of the ocean without getting their fins and feet wet this March as the Ocean Film Festival kicks off its 2016 World Tour in Australia.
Celebrating its fourth anniversary and hitting a record number of venues, the festival will showcase some of the world's most captivating ocean-themed short films. Each of the selected films conveys a deep respect and appreciation for the world’s oceans and the creatures that call them home.
If you’re trying to live a more sustainable life, there are probably some specific words that you look for when choosing the products you bring into your home, such as: recyclable, biodegradable, etc. Although these words have a sustainable connotation, they don’t always guarantee that you’re making a planet-friendly choice.
The second meeting of the signatories to the Memorandum of Understanding on the Conservation of Migratory Sharks is taking place in San José from 15 to 19 February at the kind invitation of the Costa Rican Government. It will be preceded by the first meeting of the Memorandum’s Advisory Committee under the chairmanship of John Carlson of the USA. The MOU is a non-legally binding instrument and was negotiated under the auspices of the Convention on Migratory Species (CMS).
“When you’re a diver, you’re going to run across turtles with missing limbs,” Kim Porter shars bluntly. Though at first a bit shocking, Kim’s matter-of-fact statement reflects an unfortunate truth that too many divers know well: marine debris is not only unsightly, it’s incredibly dangerous to ocean animals and their environments.