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Read about all the latest developments in the ocean protection movement.

 

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Read about all the latest developments in the global underwater conservancy movement.

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Jul. 20/12

NOAA Ship Oscar Elton Sette arrived back in its homeport of Honolulu  a few days ago after a month in Papahanaumokuakea Marine National Monument. The team of 17 scientists collected nearly 50 metric tons of marine debris, which threatens monk seals, sea turtles and other marine life in the coral reef ecosystem, in the Northwestern Hawaiian Islands (NWHI). NOAA has conducted annual removal missions of marine debris in the NWHI since 1996 as part of a coral restoration effort.

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Jul. 19/12

Vincent Mock’s deep love for the ocean is apparent through his art where he explores the human disconnection from nature in an ironic way – sculpting ocean predators from the very fish hooks that threaten their survival. A fellow PADI Divemaster and artist, Mock has traveled and dived the world over. Here he discusses his Hooked on Life series.

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Jul. 18/12

Rebuilding global fisheries would make them five times more valuable while improving ecology, according to a new University of British Columbia study.

The study says that by reducing the size of the global fishing fleet, eliminating harmful government subsidies, and putting in place effective management systems, global fisheries would be worth US$54bn each year, rather than losing US$13bn per year.

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Jul. 12/12

Ten species – including hammerheads, tope, and shortfin mako – will now be strictly protected under the Barcelona Convention

The EU has finally voted in favour of strictly protecting ten threatened species of sharks and rays in the Mediterranean Sea, under the Barcelona Convention.

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Jul. 03/12

HONG KONG — China said Tuesday that it would prohibit official banquets from serving shark fin soup, an expensive and popular delicacy blamed for a sharp decline in global shark populations.

The ban, reported by Xinhua, the state-run news agency, could take as many as three years to take effect, and it remains unclear how widely it will be adhered to across a sprawling nation where orders issued by Beijing are often shrugged off by officials in faraway regions and provinces.

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Jul. 18/12

On Sunday 15th July, divers from Diving Leisure London (DLL) swapped their fins for trainers to support marine conservation as part of one of their popular dive club events.

In a bid to raise critical funds to support Project AWARE's Sharks in Peril and Marine Debris campaigns, Jennifer and Alex Griffin together with a team of seven divers took on the challenge to complete 90K.

"As divers, we thought it would be great to do a DLL club event to raise money for Project AWARE” said Jennifer Griffin who organised the event.

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Jul. 13/12

Garbage, filth and dirt are not what you’d normally expect to see in a museum exhibit. But the Plastic Garbage Project in Zurich, Switzerland, is breaking all the rules.

According to the Museum of Design Zurich, the vast amounts of plastic pictured here, gets released into the sea every 15 seconds! MORE

Jul. 11/12

Project AWARE together with other NGOs leading the fight against marine litter is calling on European countries to set a 50% reduction target in marine litter.

As part of a requirement to comply with the EU Marine Strategy Framework Directive (MSFD) - a legislative initiative that uses an ecosystem approach to improve the management of human activities that affect marine environment including marine litter -  European Union (EU) member states are required to finalise their marine environmental targets for 2020 by 15th July 2012.

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Jul. 04/12

Plastic pollution off the northwest coast of North America is reaching the level of the notoriously polluted North Sea, according to a new study led by a researcher at the University of British Columbia.

The study, published online in the journal Marine Pollution Bulletin, examined stomach contents of beached northern fulmars on the coasts of British Columbia, Canada, and the states of Washington and Oregon, U.S.A.

"Like the canary in the coal mine, northern fulmars are sentinels of plastic pollution in our oceans," says Stephanie Avery-Gomm, the study's lead author and a gr MORE

Jul. 05/12

You don’t need to spend months organizing a lavish ball or a big golf tournament to raise funds for your favourite cause. Last week All About Scuba, Victoria, Australia held their Annual Awards Night and raised a fantastic $1,000 in the space of a few hours.

How did they do it?   You guessed it, a raffle!

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Jun. 20/12

The Indian Ocean archipelago of the Maldives announced at the Rio+20 summit it would create the world's biggest marine reserve to protect its fisheries and biodiversity.

"I would like to announce today Maldives will become the first country to become a marine reserve," President Mohamed Waheed said in a speech.

"It will become the single largest marine reserve in the world. This policy will allow only sustainable and eco-friendly fishing. MORE

Jun. 22/12

A carpet and a petrol can were among the items Newquay Dive recovered from the waters during its second Dive Against Debris.

The event targeted the reef underneath the Headland and Little Fistral Beach.

During two dives in four hours the team found eight bags of rubbish weighing in at a total of 16kg.

Members of the Dive Newquay club in the UK also collected miscellaneous pieces of debris including rubber, plastics and fishing lead.

Organisers and dive instructors James Taylor and Veronika Kruse said they were pleased with the outcome.

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Jun. 26/12

Working globally and acting locally has never been so important. If you’re a local ocean hero trying to make a difference in your community or you have a project that needs an extra push – then the Ocean Action Project is for you!

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Jun. 20/12

Venezuela set forth a series of measures this week to protect sharks within its waters. MORE

Jun. 22/12

Abandoned and lost fishing gear makes up about 10 percent of the trash that collects in the world’s oceans, according to a report from the United Nations. Much of this debris is lost in storms, vandalized or simply discarded. It piles up on beaches, creates a navigational hazard for boats or settles to the bottom, where it can damage sensitive ecosystems. Discarded nets can cause a particular problem as they continue to “ghost fish,”trapping fish and other sea animals like turtles, seabirds and dolphins.

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