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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...

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 ...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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 ...

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 ...

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...

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...

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...

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)...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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 ...

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...

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...

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 ...

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...

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 ...

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'...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...


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...

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...

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...

Atlantic: EU bans bottom trawling in deep sea

by DiveSSI - 12th July 2016
Ruling brings forth better protection for oceansAfter four years of negotiation, the EU has imposed a ban on bottom trawling in the deep-sea regions o...

Greenpeace cleans up beaches of Spitsbergen

by DiveSSI - 6th July 2016
Remote places no longer untouched by trashGreenpeace activists have picked up an assortment of oceanic trash that have washed up on the beaches of the...

Why did 30 sperm whales get stranded at the North Sea coasts?

by DiveSSI - 15th June 2016
WDC reports on possible causes of whale strandingsThis spring, there have been numerous strandings of sperm whales at the North Sea coast. In total, 3...

Year of Science 2016*2017: Seas and Oceans opens

by DiveSSI - 9th June 2016
More funds to be allocated to oceanic research In the coming years, the focus of research will be on The Future Oceans, said Federal Research Minis...

High demand for totoaba fish threatens world’s smallest living cetacean

by DiveSSI - 1st June 2016
Only 60 vaquitas left at recent censusThe world's smallest living cetacean – the Gulf of California porpoise, also known as the vaquita – is also ...

Divers thwart scourge of ghost nets in North Sea reserve

by DiveSSI - 20th May 2016
More than one ton of fishing nets have been recovered near Sylt in the North Sea by divers from Ghost Fishing Foundation during a ten-day clean-up ope...

Learn about our oceans on board a ship

by DiveSSI - 20th April 2016
The exhibition ship MS Wissenschaft will host the new "Seas and Oceans" exhibition, under the Year of Science 2016/17. On board are numerous exhibit...

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...

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...

Fish Advisor app from Greenpeace

by DiveSSI - 29th January 2016
The latest edition of the Fish Advisor app from Greenpeace has just been served up, appearing both as a printed guide and an app. The guidebook and...

Ocean Film Tour Volume 3

by DiveSSI - 25th January 2016
Back on its third voyage, the International Ocean Film Tour sets sail this March with the year's best documentaries about ocean adventures and the e...

25 years on: Florida Keys National Marine Sanctuary celebrates

by DiveSSI - 23rd November 2015
On 16 November 2015, the Florida Keys National Marine Sanctuary celebrated its 25th anniversary. The large marine reserve, covering 2,900 square nau...

More species added to IUCN’s Red List

by DiveSSI - 19th November 2015
Climate change may indeed cause the demise of many animal and plant species worldwide. This is the conclusion of the latest update to The IUCN Red L...