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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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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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Ban on European eel fishing in Baltic Sea proposed

by DiveSSI - 1st September 2017
EU Commission is first to include eel in catch quotas The European eel is fighting for survival. In the last 30 years, its population has dropped b...
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Drastic cuts in fishing quotas needed to prevent collapse of cod stocks in Baltic

by DiveSSI - 25th August 2016
The cod crisis is ‛homemade’The future of fishing in the Baltic Sea is on the line. Scientists are recommending a 87-percent reduction in fishing ...
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FAO report highlights overfishing in the oceans

by DiveSSI - 18th July 2016
More than 30 percent of fish stocks being overfishedA report published on July 7th in Rome by the FAO highlights some alarming figures: 31.4 percent o...
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First global agreement against illegal fishing takes effect

by DiveSSI - 7th June 2016
Thirty countries implement measures to shut out stocks derived from illegal fishingOn 5 June 2016, the world's first international binding agreement a...
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Tuna fishermen can save sharks by sharing information about sustainable fishing methods

by DiveSSI - 4th June 2016
Thousands of sharks become bycatch and perish on longlines meant for tunaTuna fishermen who share information with other fishermen have the opportunit...
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Major companies say “no” to cod fishing in previously ice-covered Arctic waters

by DiveSSI - 30th May 2016
Some major food companies and retailers, like Iglo and McDonald's, have signed a commitment with Greenpeace on 25 May 2016 to halt further expansion o...
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Fight against illegal fishing continues

by DiveSSI - 3rd February 2016
NGOs call for more rigorous implementation of legislation Despite the European Union's efforts to prevent, deter and eliminate illegal, unreported ...
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Sustainable fishing helps both animals and people, says WWF on World Food Day

by DiveSSI - 20th October 2015
On World Food Day on October 16th, the WWF reiterated its warning about the impact of overfishing on man and nature. “We eat the seas empty. The ...
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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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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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Arctic microalgae are survivalists

by DiveSSI - 12th June 2018
Microalgae communities in coastal waters remain productive under variable environmental conditionsThey are the basis of the Arctic food web - and extr...
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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...
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Researchers are measuring a record concentration of microplastic in the Arctic sea ice

by DiveSSI - 29th May 2018
The plastic particles come from the garbage patch in the Pacific Ocean and from fishing vesselsResearchers at the Alfred Wegener Institute, Helmholtz ...
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Phytoplankton-elevator to the deep sea

by DiveSSI - 28th May 2018
New phenomenon discovered under the Arctic sea iceTiny gypsum needles can make algae so heavy that they sink in a hurry, transporting large amounts of...
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Whale hunting in Europe starts

by DiveSSI - 6th April 2018
Species conservation organizations are calling for EU resistance to whaling in European watersBeginning of April 2018, the annual whaling season began...
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Reproduction: Size matters!

by DiveSSI - 4th April 2018
Fishing pressure can change the mating behaviour of lobstersIf you have a large selection of sexual partners, lobster women choose males with a big bo...
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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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Greenpeace expedition proves marine species worthy of protection in the Antarctic

by DiveSSI - 7th March 2018
Oscar winner Javier Bardem calls for Antarctic marine reserveUp until now unexplored parts of the Antarctic seabed harbour sensitive and thus valuable...
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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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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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Rising water temperatures change the habitats of lobsters

by DiveSSI - 22nd February 2018
American lobsters migrate to deeper waters and move northwardRising temperatures at the bottom of the Atlantic force American lobsters (H. americanus)...
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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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Mission to save river dolphins in Amazon

by DiveSSI - 9th December 2017
WWF expedition equips river dolphins with trackers for the first time The river dolphins of the Amazon are extremely rare and are among the least s...
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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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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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St Lucia

by DiveSSI - 3rd August 2017
European divers have been spoilt on the Red Sea and the Maldives. Although the Caribbean is a younger tropical location, there are things here that yo...
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Exposure to oil impairs behaviour of reef fish

by DiveSSI - 20th July 2017
Oil makes fish "drunk" A new study has found that petroleum-based oil in seawater – even in small quantities – leads to risky behaviour in reef...
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WWF publishes code of conduct for shark and ray tourism

by DiveSSI - 23rd June 2017
Many people think that running into a shark underwater is a horrible experience. However, more and more divers would regard such an encounter as the h...
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Remaining vaquitas still threatened by extinction

by DiveSSI - 13th June 2017
New agreement imposes permanent ban on gillnets The vaquita, the world's smallest cetacean, remains under the threat of extinction. This situation ...
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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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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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Fisheries minister proposes plan to kill 2,000 minke whales annually

by DiveSSI - 22nd March 2017
Norway's catch quota in 2017 increased from 880 to 999Norwegian fisheries minister Per Sandberg wants to double the recently increased catch quota of...
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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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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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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...
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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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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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Plans for whale sanctuary in South Atlantic harpooned at IWC meeting

by DiveSSI - 31st October 2016
A proposal to establish a whale sanctuary in the South Atlantic failed to receive sufficient votes for the resolution to be passed at the 66th meeti...
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Join us on a coral journey

by Carin - 15th October 2016
On the tropical island of Curacao, SECORE International's annual board meeting has just taken place. Scientists, aquarium professionals and the memb...
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Monkfish

by DiveSSI - 10th October 2016
The silent predator with the big mouth The flattened grotesque head opens up suddenly, revealing rows and rows of teeth. Before the victim can react...
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Better protection for some species of sharks and rays

by DiveSSI - 6th October 2016
Good news for marine species: Silky sharks, thresher sharks and mobula rays now receive greater protection as they have been placed under Appendix I...
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Help needed in quest to study deepwater coral reefs

by DiveSSI - 12th September 2016
It is not all doom and gloom for the world’s coral reefs. While things are indeed dire for those in the upper layers (from the surface to 100 feet d...