The new listings of species and the 165 Decisions and 36 Resolutions adopted or revised at the 16th meeting of the Conference of the Parties to the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora (CITES) in Bangkok, in March 2013 entered into force on Wednesday 12th June. As a result, the 178 member countries will start regulating the international trade in over three hundred new species now protected by CITES.
The Trawangan Dive Finathon sparked an explosion of energy, fun and festivity in the name of sharks.
The Gili Islands off the coast of Lombok Indonesia, enjoyed a festival atmosphere as divers, locals and children joined together to protect sharks and raise funds for local projects. Trawangan Dive organised an island-wide triathlon challenge together with the Gili Eco Trust.
Every day divers remove harmful rubbish from our ocean and beverage containers are one of the top items found during Dive Against Debris surveys around the world. It’s time to Kick the Can.
Australians have the opportunity to show their support for a national Container Deposit Scheme (CDS) – a 10c refundable deposit on beverage containers that will stop 80% of disposable containers entering the ocean and killing our precious marine life.
Would you shave your head for shark protection? That's just what Divemaster, Heather Murray is planning to do as part of the global Finathon™ - Get Swimming to End Shark Finning - fundraising challenge. We couldn't be more grateful and inspired.
Two leading marine science and conservation organizations, the Marine Conservation Institute and Mission Blue, issued the 1st-ever quantitative, scientifically rigorous national ranking of states’ protection of their ocean waters. SeaStates: How Well Does Your State Protect Your Coastal Waters? shows that most states and territories are failing to safeguard our nation’s marine life, seafood and coasts.
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Sharks are worth more in the ocean than in a bowl of soup, according to researchers from the University of British Columbia.
A new study, published today in Oryx – The International Journal of Conservation, shows that shark ecotourism currently generates more than US$314 million annually worldwide and is expected to more than double to US$780 million in the next 20 years.
Atlantic States Marine Fisheries Commission (ASMFC), a US east coast state fishery management body, took a giant step backwards for shark conservation when it weakened the coast-wide ban on shark finning at its most recent meeting held in Alexandria, Virginia May 20-23, 2013.
We know marine debris is preventable. Together, we can stop it by taking local action and supporting policy change. I did exactly that by Diving Against Debris for the first time since becoming the Executive Director of Project AWARE during a visit to the beautiful island of Koh Tao. My visit followed AWARE’s successful campaign efforts for vulnerable sharks and rays at CITES in March 2013 and it was exciting to share recent victory with our supporters.
Master Divers Koh Tao, Thailand have always been FINatical about sharks. They created and produced a super cool Shark Life video for the Big Shark Shout Out in 2012. And PADI Dive Master Gene Giraudeau successfully swam 23 km around the island of Koh Tao with Master Divers as her support crew in December last year. Way to go!
Endangered Species Day is an opportunity to learn about the importance of endangered species and actions we can take to protect them. Scuba divers, with a passion for the ocean like no other, are naturally concerned about decline in marine species.
The good news is, we’re a strong voice and we’re achieving major milestones together. Just recently, we won campaigns to list oceanic whitetip sharks, porbeagles, three species of hammerheads and both manta rays under CITES.
The first-ever summit to focus specifically on the issue of marine debris around the African continent will be taking place during World Environmental Week and World Ocean Day, 6-8 June 2013 in Cape Town, South Africa.
Plastics SA, the umbrella body representing the South African plastics industry, has announced that it will be joining hands with the Department of Environmental Affairs, the South African National Biodiversity Institute and the United Nations Environment Programme in organising the conference which will bring together marine debris researchers, natural resource manag MORE