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The Mediterranean Sea: a focal point for plastic pollution

by DiveSSI - 8th June 2018
Tourist crowds intensify plastic problem

Record volumes of microplastics were detected in the Mediterranean, as revealed by a recent WWF report...
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The top of the plastic mountain

by DiveSSI - 4th June 2018
Progress and gaps in the EU directive on disposable plastic

The European Commission has issued a directive to reduce environmental damage cause...
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Invasive ctenophora: currents as a driving force

by DiveSSI - 31st May 2018
New study shows first comprehensive inventory of European crab jellyfish

For 12 years, the Atlantic jellyfish Mnemiopsis leidyi, originating fr...
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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 vessels

Researchers at the Alfred Wegener Institute, He...
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Phytoplankton-elevator to the deep sea

by DiveSSI - 28th May 2018
New phenomenon discovered under the Arctic sea ice

Tiny gypsum needles can make algae so heavy that they sink in a hurry, transporting large am...
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How well can penguins hear?

by DiveSSI - 23rd May 2018
New research project at the German Marine Museum Stralsund

A research project for the next three-year has started at the German Maritime Museum...
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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 chemicals

More than 70 years after the end of the Second World War, countless pieces of ammu...
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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 fuel

For many decades, lead (Pb) has been released into the atmosphere...
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Coral bleaching threatens the diversity of reef fish

by DiveSSI - 16th May 2018
New research shows that global warming also affects fish that rely on corals

New international research led by PhD student Laura Richardson fro...
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Growing ‘dead zone’ in the Gulf of Oman

by DiveSSI - 15th May 2018
Oxygen minimums greater than expected

New studies by the University of East Anglia (UEA) have confirmed a dramatic drop in O2 in the Gulf of Om...
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How do marine mammals avoid the diving disease?

by DiveSSI - 3rd May 2018
The lung architecture of deep-diving marine mammals is divided into two parts

Deep-diving whales and other marine mammals, as well as divers wh...
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Global warming is changing the Great Barrier Reef

by DiveSSI - 23rd April 2018
30 percent of the coral died during mass bleaching in 2016

A recent study, published recently in the online journal Nature, reveals that massiv...
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A surprising finding: stromatolites in the deep sea

by DiveSSI - 20th April 2018
Research team discovers fossils at 730 meters depth

With an age of 3.5 million years, stromatolites are among the oldest fossils. However, lime...
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Sowing corals: how we could pave the way for effective coral reef restoration

by diveSSI - 19th April 2018
In a study led by SECORE Internationl, scientists pioneered the development of  a novel approach to simply sow coral recruits onto degraded reef...
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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 art

With a 40-meter “sand painted” whale, the German Environmental Aid (Deut...
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Coral bleaching threatens the diversity of reef fish

by DiveSSI - 16th April 2018
New research shows that global warming also affects fish that rely on corals

New international research led by PhD student Laura Richardson fro...
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Coral reefs protect shores from heavy storms

by DiveSSI - 13th April 2018
Scientists investigated the protective function of the Ningaloo Reef during a hurricane

Coral reefs can protect coasts from tropical cyclones b...
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Lack of oxygen in marine snow

by DiveSSI - 12th April 2018
Global nutrient losses outside the oxygen minimum zones of the ocean

The productivity of the ocean is largely determined by the availability 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 waters

Beginning of April 2018, the annual whaling seas...
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Huge cold water coral mountains under water

by DiveSSI - 5th April 2018
International research team examines coral reefs off Mauritania

On a length of about 400 kilometres, the seabed in front of the coast of Maurit...
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Reproduction: Size matters!

by DiveSSI - 4th April 2018
Fishing pressure can change the mating behaviour of lobsters

If you have a large selection of sexual partners, lobster women choose males with ...
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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 reasons

As in previous years and despite international protests, Japan also killed 333 minke wh...
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Diving the underwater geyser

by DiveSSI - 28th March 2018
A very special dive site in Iceland

Our dive trip starts on a chartered cutter. At the dive site we start with a big step overboard into the wa...
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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 cephalopods

Blake Spady of the ARC Center for Coral Reef Studies (Coral CoE) a...
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“License to Krill”

by DiveSSI - 19th March 2018
Greenpeace: industrial krill fishing endangers the Southern Ocean

The fishing industry is jeopardizing the ecological balance of the south pola...
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Arctic sea ice: negative record

by DiveSSI - 12th March 2018
The arctic ice cover was never smaller in a February than 2018

The Arctic sea ice is dwindling: since satellites in the 1970s have the white ca...
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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 reserve

Up until now unexplored parts of the Antarctic seabed harbour sensitive and thus ...
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Plastic garbage makes corals sick

by DiveSSI - 5th March 2018
Plastics transports pathogens

An international team of scientists has found that contact with plastic waste greatly increases the likelihood of...
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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 cause

For years, methane sources on the seabed have been observed in the Arctic Sea off Spit...
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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, t...
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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 sharks

Tuna is a difficult case for green consumers - too many stocks ar...
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Deep-sea octopus: Dumbo filmed hatching

by DiveSSI - 23rd February 2018
Scientists examine a newly hatched dumbo octopus

With their big fins Dumbo octopods (Grimpoteuthis) remind of the giant ears of Disney's elepha...
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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 northward

Rising temperatures at the bottom of the Atlantic force American lobsters (H. ame...
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Researchers are reconstructing the history of the sea level

by DiveSSI - 21st February 2018
Fossil coral reefs as a key to 6000 years of development

The sea level rises according to current forecasts between 80 and 180 centimetres by t...
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Green turtle” in oil”

by DiveSSI - 20th February 2018
East China Sea: Oil spill from tanker "Sanchi" is spreading

The oil spill of tanker "Sanchi" sunk in the East China Sea in mid-January 2018 con...
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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...
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Nanoplastics in the sea causes brain damage in fish

by DiveSSI - 14th February 2018
Smallest plastic particles in the food chain

A study by the University of Lund in Sweden shows that plastic particles in the water can eventual...
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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 meas...
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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, scienti...
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Freediving allows divers to be one with the sea

by DiveSSI - 3rd November 2017
Euro-Divers to offer freediving from 2018

Divers can enter the water either in full gear or without any gear, and be armed with just a sing...
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Newly-described “parasol” sponges graceful but deadly

by DiveSSI - 21st October 2017
Deep-sea sponges feed on small crustaceans

When most people think of sponges, they think of those in the kitchen sink or perhaps graceful b...
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Study identifies microbiome in whale blow

by DiveSSI - 20th October 2017
Drones used in collection of samples

A research group, together with the Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution (WHOI), has used drones to succ...
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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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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 reducti...
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The Solomon Islands

by DiveSSI - 18th September 2017
Mirror-calm waters, no current and only two metres of depth, yet I am anxious and every natural instinct wants me to get out of the water. The source ...
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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 d...
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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...