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

 

Latest Updates

Latest Updates

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

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Oct. 05/11

Crystal Dive Resort is at the forefront of marine conservation and education in Thailand. From mooring buoys installation and Dive Against Debris activities, to coral reef monitoring, artificial reefs and community projects, the team at Crystal Dive is always busy helping to ensure their local marine ecosystems remain healthy and vibrant. 

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Oct. 03/11

The Marshall Islands government has created the world's largest shark sanctuary, covering nearly two million sq km (750,000 sq miles) of ocean.

The Pacific republic will ban trade in shark products and commercial shark fishing throughout its waters.

Tourism, including diving, is a staple of the Marshall Islands archipelago, which is home to just 68,000 people.

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Sep. 30/11

Sharks are in big trouble on the Great Barrier Reef and worldwide, according to an Australian-based team who have developed a world-first way to measure rates of decline in shark populations.

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Sep. 29/11

Northwest Atlantic fishing countries reduce skate quotas, improve shark catch reporting slightly

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Sep. 19/11

The work Project AWARE divers undertake to keep our oceans healthy is "no walk in the park," despite the casual action captured in a recent photo contest submission, seen below.

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Sep. 28/11

On Saturday 9th July Sub-Mission Dive Club in the UK organised a charity Fin-athon called Fin4Finning. Divers were targeted with completing 100,000,000 millimetres in mask and fins collectively, swimming from 8 am until 10 pm.

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Sep. 28/11

Celebrating Heron Island as one of Australia’s premier dive destinations, the 2011 Heron Island Dive Festival took divers on an underwater adventure during the week of 05 - 11 September. Diving industry leaders and renowned dive speakers were at the festival to talk about a variety of topics. David Roe, Project AWARE Marine Conservation Officer, who attended the festival, reports on this great and well-attended event:

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Sep. 22/11

A new NOAA report of data collected in 2005 will help the agency’s scientists better monitor progress in reducing bycatch – the non-target fish, marine mammals, sea turtles, and seabirds caught incidentally in fishing.

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Sep. 19/11

As the annual meeting of Northwest Atlantic Fisheries Organizations (NAFO) begins today in Halifax, Nova Scotia, Project AWARE, Shark Advocates International, and other like-minded NGOs have asked for science based catch limits on threatened thorny skates.

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Sep. 13/11

No one knows for sure but scientists think over six million tons of marine debris may be entering our ocean every year. One of the reasons Project AWARE is collecting marine debris data from divers is to help build a clear picture of the underwater trash that threatens ocean life. With this knowledge, we can make more effective decisions when it comes to waste management policies.

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Sep. 14/11

Where do you think your rubbish ends up? The Museum of Design in Zurich, Switzerland knows it ends up in our oceans. So they are calling on Dive Against Debris volunteer divers to contribute to an exhibition: The Plastic Garbage Project.

The Museum of Design wants the plastic divers find underwater to present facts about plastic pollution in an illustrative way at their upcoming exhibition, which will be shown from July 4th to September 2nd 2012 in Zurich, Switzerland.

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Sep. 12/11

WHAT price nature? When it comes to adding up the ecological benefits to Australia of its huge marine domain, the first serious stab at a value is $25 billion.

While marine industries such as fishing, oil and gas exploration and marine tourism have long been accounted for, ecosystems themselves have been ignored, a report released today says.

Building on UN Environment Program biodiversity assessments, the Sydney Centre for Policy Development has counted up the worth of nature hidden beneath the sea's surface.

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Sep. 13/11

It’s the only pirate ship discovered in the Caribbean and it’s the site of Dive Against Debris this Saturday, September 17th. The Captain Kidd's 1699 Quedagh Merchant shipwreck located offshore Isla Catalina in the Dominican Republic continues to see its share of marine debris. The constant flow of our trash from the nearby river threatens this irreplaceable historical and biological treasure that rests among an endangered Elkhorn coral habitat.  

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Sep. 01/11

This month, we’re celebrating the Debris Month of Action and we’re kicking things off with a marine debris photo contest. We want to know what kind of debris you find when you dive. What better way to show us than with a photo!

Enter the Contest Now!

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Sep. 08/11

Protection for key nature sites in UK seas has come a step closer with the unveiling of proposals to create over 100 Marine Conservation Zones (MCZs).

The zones range from tiny stretches of coastline to large tracts of sea floor.

The proposals stem from the 2009 UK Marine Bill and cover seas abutting the English coast and waters around Wales more than 12 miles from the coast.

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