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Ice-free Arctic: Increased shipping carries incalculable environmental risks

by DiveSSI - 29th September 2017
Heavy oil ban in arctic waters is the only effective measure for the protection of the environment In view of the recently documented reduction of ic...
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Corals can influence microbes in their environment

by DiveSSI - 17th October 2016
Researchers have discovered that despite their static nature, corals do exert some influence on the microbes in the environment around them. This...
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Environment groups call for more effective marine protection

by DiveSSI - 18th March 2016
German environmental organisations have called for a more effective level of marine protection in the North and Baltic Sea by Federal Minister of Food...
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Current environment spells bad news for coralline red algae

by DiveSSI - 16th February 2016
Elevated levels of carbon dioxide in the atmosphere and increased ocean acidification is having a detrimental effect on the growth of coralline red...
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Ammunition in the sea: effects only partially known

by DiveSSI - 22nd May 2018
New study points to global problem with explosives chemicalsMore than 70 years after the end of the Second World War, countless pieces of ammunition f...
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Lead from fuels still present in European shelf seas

by DiveSSI - 17th May 2018
Element measured in marine environment years after phasing out of leaded fuelFor many decades, lead (Pb) has been released into the atmosphere as a re...
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Growing ‘dead zone’ in the Gulf of Oman

by DiveSSI - 15th May 2018
Oxygen minimums greater than expectedNew studies by the University of East Anglia (UEA) have confirmed a dramatic drop in O2 in the Gulf of Oman: the ...
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Earth Day 2018: Fight the plastic garbage

by DiveSSI - 18th April 2018
Protest against plastic in the sea on Sylt with gigantic beach artWith a 40-meter “sand painted” whale, the German Environmental Aid (Deutsche Umw...
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Huge cold water coral mountains under water

by DiveSSI - 5th April 2018
International research team examines coral reefs off MauritaniaOn a length of about 400 kilometres, the seabed in front of the coast of Mauritania cov...
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Japanese whalers kill 333 whales in the Antarctic

by DiveSSI - 3rd April 2018
Science as an excuse for whaling for commercial reasonsAs in previous years and despite international protests, Japan also killed 333 minke whales in ...
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Increased CO2 content affects the hunting behaviour of squid

by DiveSSI - 27th March 2018
Ocean acidification in the sea has an impact on the behaviour of cephalopodsBlake Spady of the ARC Center for Coral Reef Studies (Coral CoE) at James ...
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First time live deep-sea frogfish filmed

by DiveSSI - 26th March 2018
Video shows swimming behaviour of a self-luminous fanfin monkfishFor the first time ever a deep-sea frogfish of the family Caulophrynidae could be obs...
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Ocean acidification: herring could benefit

by DiveSSI - 25th March 2018
Studies show complex effects of carbon dioxide on fish stocks The larvae of many fish species are sensitive to ocean acidification - studies have ...
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“License to Krill”

by DiveSSI - 19th March 2018
Greenpeace: industrial krill fishing endangers the Southern OceanThe fishing industry is jeopardizing the ecological balance of the south polar food w...
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Methane gas off Spitsbergen: climate change is innocent

by DiveSSI - 1st March 2018
New study identifies post-glacial processes as the causeFor years, methane sources on the seabed have been observed in the Arctic Sea off Spitsbergen....
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Increased deoxygenation of the oceans

by DiveSSI - 28th February 2018
A new study reveals dangers, but also solutions The areas of extreme oxygen depletion are growing both in the open ocean and in coastal areas. Th...
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Starting coral restoration sooner or when will it be too late…?

by diveSSI - 27th February 2018
Many of us have witnessed with our own eyes the threats coral reefs are facing today: pollution and destruction of reefs, coral bleaching, ...
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WWF appeals against MSC certification of tuna fisheries

by DiveSSI - 26th February 2018
Efficient fishing method leads to massive bycatch of juvenile fish and sharksTuna is a difficult case for green consumers - too many stocks are over-e...
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Green turtle” in oil”

by DiveSSI - 20th February 2018
East China Sea: Oil spill from tanker "Sanchi" is spreadingThe oil spill of tanker "Sanchi" sunk in the East China Sea in mid-January 2018 continues t...
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Deep-sea mining has serious consequences for marine ecosystem

by DiveSSI - 15th February 2018
Concrete measures required to protect marine environment Increasing globalization and the greater use of high-tech materials has increased the demand ...
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Nanoplastics in the sea causes brain damage in fish

by DiveSSI - 14th February 2018
Smallest plastic particles in the food chainA study by the University of Lund in Sweden shows that plastic particles in the water can eventually end u...
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Deafening fish in the Gulf of California

by DiveSSI - 12th January 2018
The mating call of this fish of the Sciaenidae family is louder than an aircraft taking off Researchers in the Gulf of California have measured the...
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Methane as basic food: Special ecosystem discovered in Mexico’s water caves

by DiveSSI - 2nd December 2017
Methane forms foundation of the food chain in caves of Yucatan In subterranean rivers and caves on the Mexican Yucatan Peninsula, scientists have...
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Freediving: apnea and meditation

by DiveSSI - 22nd November 2017
What's so cool about holding your breath? My name is Nik Linder. I was a co-owner of a big dive shop in Freiburg. Judging by appearances, it may ap...
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The end of a diving instructor’s career

by DiveSSI - 27th October 2017
A severe diving accident - but why? In September 2015, the German diving instructor Matthias U. was on a diving vacation in Safaga in the Red Sea. ...
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Diving with risk

by DiveSSI - 5th October 2017
Kuredu Island in the north of Lhaviyani Atoll (Maldives), well known for its beautiful diving spots. The island is 150 km away from Male Airport and c...
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Countering the jellyfish threat

by DiveSSI - 4th October 2017
European project focuses on finding innovative uses of jellyfish Global climate change and human impact on marine ecosystems have resulted in a dec...
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The Solomon Islands – Special Places II

by DiveSSI - 20th September 2017
The Solomon Islands have the credentials of an absolutely first class dive destination and are only a 3-hour direct flight from Brisbane; yet they rem...
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The SSI Freediving Instructor course: So many great reasons to take part!

by Carlo - 31st August 2017
SSI Freediving Instructor courses are a real step towards the professional world of teaching freediving. A moment of growth and discussion between pro...
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MSC label for “dolphin deadly” tuna

by DiveSSI - 28th August 2017
Mexico’s tuna industry ignores dolphin deaths The Marine Stewardship Council (MSC) ecolabel stands for sustainable fishing. However, the award wa...
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Dominica

by DiveSSI - 11th August 2017
Legend has it that when Christopher Columbus returned to Spain from the New World, he was asked to describe the island of Dominica. His response was t...
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St Vincent

by DiveSSI - 9th August 2017
An intimate knowledge and genuine enthusiasm for marine life are attributes that define some of the best dive guides. Such qualities enable them to tu...
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Evidence for subglacial lakes

by DiveSSI - 12th July 2017
Glacial retreat accelerated due to Meltwater lakes under the Antarctic Ice Sheet The ice in the Antarctic was far thicker and extended further offs...
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Optimal trim for diving

by DiveSSI - 30th June 2017
Diving skills for beginners and advanced divers In diving, “trim” refers to the leveling of the body in a horizontal swimming position. In te...
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Buoyancy control

by DiveSSI - 29th June 2017
Diving skills for beginner and advanced divers With this report on buoyancy control, we kick off a short series on skills and hope that you will fin...
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European eels use internal compass to reach destination

by DiveSSI - 21st June 2017
Eels’ magnetic orientation follows Earth’s magnetic field In a new study, scientists have discovered how the European eel larvae in the Sargasso ...
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The Ocean Conference 2017

by DiveSSI - 8th June 2017
Delegates to discuss solutions for marine waste, overfishing and habitat destruction In New York, The Ocean Conference, an inaugural UN summit on m...
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Scientists discover new facts about colored organic matter in deep ocean

by DiveSSI - 26th May 2017
Picocyanobacteria found to be major cause of it About half of atmospheric carbon dioxide is fixed by ocean's phytoplankton, mainly picocyanobacteria...
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Sharks sanctuary or slaughter – contradiction in paradise

by DiveSSI - 11th April 2017
South Africa: What are you doing? South Africa is blessed! There is hardly another country on Earth that has so much untouched beauty and such spe...
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Lack of funds and staff prevent Marine Protected Areas from fulfilling full potential

by DiveSSI - 4th April 2017
Shortfalls in manpower and funding prevented many MPAs from fulfilling their objectives Although Marine Protected Areas appear to be the ideal way ...
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Coral activate specific genes in stressful conditions

by DiveSSI - 27th March 2017
Genes in corals help to predict whether the corals are experiencing stressScientists recently discovered a group of genes in corals that can help to ...
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Reducing plastic waste at sea

by DiveSSI - 21st March 2017
NABU, politicians and businesses work together to find solutions   The problem of plastic waste in the oceans is massive. Every year, more ...
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Growing corals along the Riviera Maya

by Carin - 6th March 2017
A unique project has its headquarters in Puerto Morelos: scientists, aquarists, local stakeholders and authorities work together to restore Mexico'...
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Diving mecca in Mozambique devastated by tropical storm

by DiveSSI - 24th February 2017
Online appeal for donations gets underway On the night of 16 to 17 February 2017, the coastal strip around the Mozambican provincial capital of Inha...
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Extended Range Instructor Training

by Chad - 23rd February 2017
"Welcome to Los Angeles International, this is your captain speaking. We’re going to be sitting on the tarmac for a bit due to the fog,...
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Day 7 – rEvo Rebreather and recreational dive equipment under the ice

by MARES / SSI / rEvo Dive Expedition Team - 20th February 2017
All team members are getting used to the schedule: 7:30am meeting and packing up the equipment – 8:00am breakfast – 8:30am loading the trucks a...
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Day 5 – Cracked ice and some troubles at Khoboy

by MARES / SSI / rEvo Dive Expedition Team - 18th February 2017
Today we headed north to the sharp tip of the Island of Olkhon. While the thermometer was showing a milder temperature of "just" -18°C, the way we ...
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How whales can save the polar bears

by DiveSSI - 15th February 2017
Protecting whales means protecting global climate They are the symbol of the threat that climate changes poses to our planet: starving polar bears...