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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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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 ...
Images taken during cruise SO242/2 in the DISCOL area at 4100 m depth by ROV KIEL 6000. The Investigations were part of the JPIOceans project "Ecological Aspects of Deep-Sea Mining". ROV KIEL 6000 holding an manganese nodule.
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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. ...
Bronchiole mit Lungenblaeschen (Alveolen), Alveolargang (Ductus alveolaris), Alveolarsaeckchen (Sacculi alveolares).
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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...
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Expedition to Antarctica’s glaciers

by DiveSSI - 13th February 2017
Research will improve forecasts for global sea levels How has alternating warm and cold time periods affected the West Antarctic Ice Sheet? What d...
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Amazon Reef photographed for the first time

by DiveSSI - 6th February 2017
Greenpeace explores the newly discovered reef Off the Brazilian coast, where the Amazon River meets the Atlantic Ocean, researchers discovered a u...
Images of the Amazon Reef taken from a submarine launched from the MY Esperanza. The Greenpeace ship is currently in the region of the Amazon river mouth, Amapá State, for the “Defend the Amazon Reef” campaign. 
A team of experts are onboard, including the scientist from the Federal University of Rio de Janeiro, Fabiano Thompson and Kenneth Jozeph Lowick, from Greenpeace Belgium. Thompson led the group of scientists who discovered the coral reef at the mouth of the Amazon River.
Imagens captadas do submarino dos Corais da Amazônia. Neste sábado, 28 de janeiro, o submarino foi lançado do navio Esperanza com o cientista da Universidade Federal do Rio de Janeiro Fabiano Thompson e Kenneth Jozeph Lowick, do Greenpeace da Bégica. Thompson liderou o grupo de cientistas que descobriu o recife de corais na foz do rio Amazonas. O lançamento do submarino envolveu grande parte da tripulação do navio.
Esperanza, um dos três navios do Greenpeace, está na região da foz do rio Amazonas, no Amapá, para a campanha “Defenda os Corais da Amazônia. O objetivo é observar debaixo d’água, pela primeira vez, os recifes de corais.
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What you always wanted to know about coral reef restoration

by Carin - 11th January 2017
Things don't look good for corals. With only a few truly healthy coral reefs left and forecasts not getting any better, it may be a tight squeeze f...
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Inspired by experience – A new team of experts is born!

by MARES / SSI / rEvo Dive Expedition Team - 10th January 2017
'Nothing is stronger than an idea whose time has come' - This quote from Victor Hugo could have been the spark for founding the MARES / SSI / rE...
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Protected area for harbour porpoises established in Baltic Sea

by DiveSSI - 9th January 2017
Area south of Gotland is important breeding site The government of Sweden will set up a protected area for the endangered harbour porpoises of the...
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German Ocean Foundation and Prince Albert II Foundation to be involved in boot 2017

by DiveSSI - 6th January 2017
Prince Albert II of Monaco is Keynote Speaker at symposium The protection of the world's oceans is an international concern. Thus, it is a theme in ...
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Atlantic killifish able to adapt to high levels of pollution

by DiveSSI - 28th December 2016
Wild Atlantic killifish populations have been found to possess the ability to adapt to toxic pollution, according to a new report published in the S...
A comparison of a normally developed Atlantic killifish embryo (left) and a PCB-affected embryo. The fish on the right has a deformed heart. Killifish that have evolved tolerance to chemical exposure show limited signs of developmental defects.
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Greenpeace finds farmed fish like salmon and trout to be contaminated with pesticides

by DiveSSI - 16th December 2016
Farmed fish is heavily contaminated with the chemical ethoxyquin, according to a laboratory study carried out by Greenpeace on fish products like ...
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Oil spills and sunlight not a good mix for fish

by DiveSSI - 13th December 2016
Exposure to sunlight in the event of an oil spill lowers the survival rates of fish that live near the surface during their larval stage. This wa...
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New online maps predict location of blue whale hotspots

by DiveSSI - 6th December 2016
Tool aimed at helping ships avoid collisions with blue whales Researchers from NOAA Fisheries, Oregon State University and the University of Marylan...
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Rising temperatures disrupt fish behaviour

by DiveSSI - 1st November 2016
Fish's sense of sight, smell and hearing becomes impaired due to rising carbon dioxide levels The survival instincts of fish have been impaired by ...
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Youths in Hamburg say no to microplastics in cosmetics

by DiveSSI - 20th October 2016
On 15 October 2016, accompanied by a three-metre long cosmetic bottle made of wood, about 70 youths took a dip in the Binnenalster in Hamburg to cal...
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Trade in whale products by Iceland and Norway escalates

by DiveSSI - 30th September 2016
Norway and Japan are doing all they can to escalate commercial whalingConservation and animal welfare organisations have confirmed that Iceland had s...
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Bioherm structure at Great Barrier Reef three times larger than expected

by DiveSSI - 2nd September 2016
New research has revealed the existence of vast fields comprising circular mounds in the north of the Great Barrier Reef (GBR) – in essence, it is a...
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Rising water temperatures and ocean acidification affect planktonic organisms

by DiveSSI - 14th August 2016
For the first time, scientists have proven that ocean acidification and rising sea temperatures adversely affects the fatty acid composition of copepo...
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