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Conservation round-up 2016

by DiveSSI - 31st December 2016
The winners and losers 2016 has not been a good year for the great apes, lions, giraffes or vaquitas, according to the WWF. Their populations ha...
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Brandenburg’s Diving for Conservation project nominated for European Natura 2000 Award

by DiveSSI - 9th May 2016
The Brandenburg project “Diving for Conservation” has been nominated for the European Natura 2000 Award by the European Commission. Jointly manage...
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WTO weakens dolphin conservation efforts in the US

by DiveSSI - 1st March 2016
Following a ruling by the World Trade Organisation (WTO) at the end of 2015, some tuna products in the US claiming to be dolphin-safe may turn out t...
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Indonesia’s West Papua to be world’s first conservation province

by DiveSSI - 26th October 2015
The Indonesian province of West Papua has been declared a conservation province — the first of its kind in Indonesia and worldwide. The designation ...
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New Red List: Hope for whales

by DiveSSI - 16th November 2018
Overfishing: Diverse fish species threatenedNature protection measures have given new hope to fin whales, according to the update of the IUCN Red List...
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The ocean absorbs more heat than expected

by DiveSSI - 8th November 2018
Our seas are gigantic heat storage systemsThe oceans absorb 90 percent of the additional heat energy produced by rising greenhouse concentrations in t...
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Plastic litter in the sea: Fundamental changes necessary

by DiveSSI - 5th November 2018
Experts discuss the EU ban on disposable plasticThe EU wants to ban disposable products such as drinking straws or ear swabs. The plastic waste in the...
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Pacific coral reef keeps recovering from coral bleaching

by DiveSSI - 2nd November 2018
Researchers prove historical bleaching eventsAs climate change causes ocean temperatures to rise, coral reefs experience coral bleaching worldwide and...
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Antarctic: No Marine Sanctuary in the Southern Ocean

by DiveSSI - 2nd November 2018
Russia, China and Norway prevent protection of the Wedell SeaAccording to media reports, the Antarctic Commission CCAMLR has decided against setting u...
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Weddell Sea: Icy gem in the Southern Ocean

by DiveSSI - 1st November 2018
Weddell Sea Sanctuary: The largest marine reserve in the world is to be createdIn the Southern Ocean, north of the Antarctic, the largest marine reser...
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Yummy – seasoning with plastic …

by DiveSSI - 24th October 2018
More than 90% of the salt brands worldwide contain microplasticAccording to a new study led by Seung-Kyu Kim, a professor at Incheon University, and G...
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Headless chicken monster filmed for the second time

by DiveSSI - 23rd October 2018
Enypniastes eximia - a bizarre sea cucumber, a creature of the deep seaResearchers from the Australian Antarctic Division have developed a new underwa...
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Great Pacific Garbage Patch: Cleaning project starts

by DiveSSI - 22nd October 2018
Cleaning system takes up workIn the beginning of October 2018, the "System 001" of “The Ocean Cleanup” system started its final leg on its journey...
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Feed additions in aquaculture damage lobster

by DiveSSI - 19th October 2018
Sea lice treatment has serious side effectsTeflubenzuron is added to the feed of farmed salmon in some cases to treat sea lice infestation. The Norweg...
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Corsica: Ship collision in the Pelagos Sanctuary

by DiveSSI - 10th October 2018
Oil spill threatens marine mammalsIn Corsica, after a collision between two cargo ships marine fuel expired in the Mediterranean. It has formed a 20-k...
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Orcas threatened by environmental toxin PCB

by DiveSSI - 9th October 2018
Accumulation of long-lasting environmental toxin in killer whale tissuesMore than forty years after the first steps in the ban of polychlorinated biph...
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Virtual dive into the Baltic Sea

by DiveSSI - 8th October 2018
NABU presents "OstseeLIFE" - a 360-degree virtual worldThe Baltic Sea is Germany's No.1 holiday destination. Statistics say roundabout 6.5 million hol...
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NABU exits certification process for New Zealand Hoki

by DiveSSI - 5th October 2018
MSC seal of approval continues to lose credibilityNABU and NABU International Conservation Foundation announced their withdrawal from the Marine Stewa...
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Deep-sea mining: Research on risks and ecological consequences

by DiveSSI - 3rd October 2018
“Mining Impact: Phase 2 of the project started in BrusselsThere are still no mining licenses for the deep-sea outside national economic zones. That ...
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Ireland: Successful Ghost Net Removal

by DiveSSI - 18th September 2018
Divers remove lobster pots and ghost nets from the bottom of the seaFrom 3 to 6 September 2018 divers from the Dutch Ghost Fishing Foundation, with th...
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Japan fails, whales benefit

by DiveSSI - 17th September 2018
Whaling ban remainsAt the meeting of the International Whaling Commission on September, 14th 2018, Japan's application for "sustainable whaling" was r...
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Norwegian Whaling Report confirms: Whales die in agony

by DiveSSI - 13th September 2018
Industrial whaling is cruelAt the beginning of the 67th session of the International Whaling Commission, a report by the Norwegian government confirms...
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San Francisco: World’s first marine cleansing system launched

by DiveSSI - 12th September 2018
San Francisco: World's first marine cleansing system launchedThe ocean cleaning begins with the removal of plastic waste from the large Pacific trashT...
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Japan demands return to commercial whaling

by DiveSSI - 5th September 2018
IWC Conference in Brazil: Japan applies for "sustainable whaling"If it is up to the will of Japan, international whaling would be in for a renaissance...
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„Measuring Fever“ in the Arctic

by DiveSSI - 4th September 2018
Two-month expedition into the Laptev Sea startedRecently, the Russian research icebreaker "AKADEMIK TRYOSHNIKOV" came to Kiel on a special mission. Th...
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The path of plastic in the oceans

by DiveSSI - 3rd September 2018
Microplastic connects to naturally occurring particles and forms aggregatesAlthough vast amounts of plastic are drifting in the oceans and new micropl...
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Body painting for the protection of the oceans

by DiveSSI - 28th August 2018
"Reefcalendar - The Show" shows a living picture in record sizeTogether with professional singers and dancers, the largest 3D body painting picture in...
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Marine litter in remote regions

by DiveSSI - 25th August 2018
Scientists show impressive effects on the marine ecosystemThe Easter Island in the South Pacific is one of the most remote regions of the earth. Thous...
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Reef from the 3D printer to promote coral growth

by DiveSSI - 17th August 2018
Maldives Island Summer Island Place of the largest field trial so farThe "Blue Lagoon" of the Maldives island “Summer Island” is the scene of a pr...
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Mission “Stone & Pots”: First Ghost Net Salvage in Ireland

by DiveSSI - 13th August 2018
Mainly lobster traps are to be salvagedGhost nets kill millions of marine animals every year. The Dutch Ghost Fishing Foundation, together with the So...
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Baltic Sea: 500 meters of ghost net salvaged

by DiveSSI - 9th August 2018
Many fish and birds have died in the net Just before off Warnemünde divers on behalf of the WWF on 7 August 2018 salvaged a ghost net, which has...
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REEFCALENDAR: Vienna as center for “THE SHOW” for the oceans

by DiveSSI - 3rd August 2018
Mega Event in the “Messe Wien” - Body Painting Event for the oceans!It is 5 to 12 and more than ever the oceans and our lakes need our support. Al...
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Spearfishing makes fish shy

by DiveSSI - 1st August 2018
Fishing has a relevant impact on the behaviour of fishFisheries researchers from the Leibniz Institute of Freshwater Ecology and Inland Fisheries (IGB...
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Overfishing: Full steam ahead

by DiveSSI - 31st July 2018
World Food Organization publishes report on fisheries and aquaculture As more and more fish stocks worldwide are overfished and exploited, the to...
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Shark nets on the beaches of South Africa have been removed

by DiveSSI - 30th July 2018
Death traps for sharks, dolphins, rays and turtlesSince July 26, 2018, there are no more shark nets on beaches in South Africa. The reason for this is...
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Only 13 percent of the world’s oceans are still untouched

by DiveSSI - 27th July 2018
The marine wilderness of the world is dwindlingAn international study led by scientists from the University of Queensland (UQ) concludes that only 13 ...
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Secret of the cave crabs decoded

by DiveSSI - 24th July 2018
Study shows genetic link between cave-dwelling shrimps in Israel and ItalyThe only a few centimetres large troglobitic shrimp that live in various cav...
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New IUCN report on deep-sea mining

by DiveSSI - 23rd July 2018
Previous regulations for the protection of the deep sea are inadequateThe new deep-sea mining regulations which are under development at the Internati...
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Exterminate rats to strengthen coral reefs

by DiveSSI - 13th July 2018
Coral reefs around rat-free islands are more productiveRat control should be seen as an urgent priority on many remote tropical islands to protect end...
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Icelandic whalers kill blue whale

by DiveSSI - 12th July 2018
Whale protectors speak of environmental crimeThe Whale and Dolphin Conservation Organization (WDC) is alarmed by photographs documenting the cut up of...
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Krill fishing industry retreats from parts of the Antarctic

by DiveSSI - 11th July 2018
Industry Association supports marine sanctuary in the Weddell SeaThe krill industry will stop fishing in large parts of the ecologically sensitive are...
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Hope for the second largest reef on earth

by DiveSSI - 28th June 2018
IUCN removes Belize Barrier Reef from List of Endangered World Heritage SitesThe Belize Barrier Reef, the world's second largest coral reef system -af...
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Iceland slaughters first fin whale after a two-year break

by DiveSSI - 23rd June 2018
Iceland continues to disregard biodiversityAfter a break of two years, the Icelandic whaling ship "Hvalur 8" harpooned the first fin whale on 22 June ...
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Controversy in Catalonia due to the lucrative coral fishing

by DiveSSI - 22nd June 2018
The flow of moneyOften there are pure economic arguments that prevent rational decisions followed by consequences which are no longer understandable w...
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Coral reefs cannot keep up with sea level rise

by DiveSSI - 21st June 2018
If the reefs are unable to keep up with with rising sea levels, the coasts are threatenedMany coral reefs will not be able to grow fast enough to keep...
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World Oceans Day 2018: in the sign of the plastic garbage

by DiveSSI - 7th June 2018
Film premiere of "Blue" should shake the world Since 2009, the 8th of June has been celebrated annually as the World Oceans Day by the United Natio...
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The top of the plastic mountain

by DiveSSI - 4th June 2018
Progress and gaps in the EU directive on disposable plasticThe European Commission has issued a directive to reduce environmental damage caused by cer...
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Cambodia: Great hope for small whales

by DiveSSI - 1st June 2018
The stock of the critically endangered Mekong dolphin is rising again for the first timeGood news from Cambodia: The stock of the highly endangered Ir...