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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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Nov. 28/13

Each square kilometre of ocean around Australia is polluted with thousands of 'invisible' fragments of plastic, a new study has found, posing a potential health hazard for humans and marine life alike.

Julia Reisser, a PhD student from the University of Western Australia's Ocean Institute, and colleagues, report their findings today in the journal PLOS ONE.

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Nov. 25/13

ICCAT leaves high seas mako fishing unregulated, porbeagles unprotected, and finning ban weak.

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Nov. 26/13

Brace for impact. Project AWARE is powering ocean heroes into action and you hold the power to turn a conservation dream into reality.

Over 80 applicants sent in their Ocean Action Project in this year's round of grassroots ocean protection support making the judging for who would become a finalist extremely tough.

Now we're handing over the power to you - the Project AWARE supporter. Your support helps fuel our conservation actions and results.

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The CITES Secretariat launched today a Web section on sharks and manta rays to assist the 179 Parties to the Convention in putting in place effective measures to control international trade in the newly listed species.

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Nov. 22/13

Swimming, running or cycling 3 miles come rain or shine every day for 3 months to raise £333 each month until Christmas is the challenge Joanne Flack, Immerse School of Diving Dive Instructor, has set for herself to help put an end to shark finning and give back to the ocean during the Holiday season.

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Nov. 20/13

The ocean provides food, regulates our climate, gives us oxygen and acts as our planet's life support system - with every breath, we’re connected to the ocean. To kick off the Holiday season, we pause to give thanks to all our volunteer divers who protect the ocean planet one dive at a time.

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Nov. 20/13

What happens to shark and ray species when decision makers don’t follow scientific advice?  How can science support sustainable shark and ray management?  These were some of the questions addressed during this year’s European Elasmobranch Association’s (EEA) annual conference held in Plymouth UK from 1st to 3rd November where shark scientists and advocates from all corners of the globe came to discuss the latest in shark science and conservation.

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Nov. 13/13

Rays trapped in lost fishing nets, floating plastic bags resembling jellyfish, glass bottles and tyres covering the ocean floor are all too common a sight for scuba divers who are the first to see how devastating marine litter is underwater.  Many of us pick up trash every time we dive. We organize or participate in Dive Against Debris. And between now and December 18th, you have a unique opportunity to share your opinion on how the European Union (EU) can best tackle marine litter.

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Nov. 10/13

New Zealand is to ban shark finning in its waters within two years, Primary Industries Minister Nathan Guy announced Sunday.

It is already illegal in New Zealand to slice the fin off a shark and throw it back alive, and Guy said the new ban would be extended to finning a shark and dumping the carcass at sea.

It will start to take effect in some areas next October and cover all New Zealand waters by 2016.

"The practise of finning sharks is inconsistent with New Zealand's reputation as one of the best managed and conserved fisheries in the world," he said.

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Oct. 25/13

In the Great Lakes, marine debris affects the beauty of our environment, is a health and safety hazard, threatens our wildlife and natural resources, and comes at a significant economic cost. From a beach covered in trash to an animal entangled in fishing line, marine debris is a problem we can’t ignore. This article focuses on microplastics, a little—and little known—type of marine debris.

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Nov. 08/13

Dive store owners from across New South Wales (NSW), Australia have united, writing to Premier O’Farrell urging him to reverse the decision to allow fishing in marine sanctuaries and reinstate the protection the ocean requires.

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Nov. 07/13

They did! More than 50,000 runners finished the 2013 ING New York City Marathon on Sunday, November 3, making this years race the largest marathon ever. Among them, a team of passionate divers, shark lovers and competitive runners crossed the finish line in support of shark conservation.

“I'm so ecstatic that we did it! All of us finished and had a great time,” exclaims Kendra Bolt who established Project AWARE as a Charity Partner for the ING New York City Marathon in 2012.

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Nov. 04/13

New EU proposals would require member states to choose between three methods of reducing the waste from bags.

European Union member states could cut their plastic bag use by 80%, the European commission has said, by charging for bags or even banning them.

Plastic bags are a major cause of seaborne pollution, which is a serious hazard for marine life, and some regions have already moved to cut their use through charging. The UK deputy prime minister, Nick Clegg, has pledged to bring forward charges in England that will affect single-use bags given out by supermarkets.

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Oct. 28/13

In October 2012, five incredible ocean actions were kickstarted thanks to your vote. 12 months on these awesome conservation projects are almost coming to an end. We caught up with two of our 2012 ocean heroes to find out exactly how your donation is making a big difference to ocean protection in their local communities.

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Oct. 23/13

What do a skateboard, Ganesh statue, golf clubs and fake teeth all have in common? They were all odd items found by Dive Against Debris volunteers during this year’s September Debris Month of Action.  

What else did volunteer divers find? More than 38,680 debris items including 3,935 plastic beverage bottles, 2,152 cigarette filters, and 2,363 cigar tips. Shocking? Wait until we tell you what the most bizarre and unusual discovery was: a “makeshift toilet” found in the murky depths of the Sheffield Canal in the UK.

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