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Red Sea’s Brothers Islands Reopen to Divers

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The Egyptian Red Sea’s Brothers Islands have reopened after four shark-bite incidents. A statement released by CDWS (Chamber of Diving and Watersports) has confirmed new rules for liveaboard operators to follow.

The Brothers Islands, a premier Egypt diving destination, have re-opened after a 3.5 month closure which followed four non-fatal shark-bite incidents involving oceanic whitetip sharks. Authorities hope the closure has returned the sharks to their normal behaviors and away from congregating around dive boats. Read more

April 29, 2019 |

Belize to Nearly Triple Its Marine Protected Areas

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Belize, a country home to the famed Blue Hole and the Belize Barrier Reef, which has become the world’s largest coral reef system, has just taken a bold move to protect its marine resources.

According to a press release from the Wildlife Conservation Society (WCS), the Belize government has approved a plan to significantly expand fishery replenishment marine areas that are designated as “no-take zones” from 4.5 percent to 11.6 percent of its total waters. Read more

April 25, 2019 |

Philippines officially hosts world’s second largest known population of whale sharks

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Philippines, March 3, 2019, The Philippines officially hosts the second largest known population of whale sharks in the world according to Wildbook for Whale Sharks, a global online population catalogue used by scientists and the public.

The Philippine population total, which now stands at >1,600 individual whale sharks, was reached through the submission of photo-identification data from dedicated work by LAMAVE, WWF-Philippines and avid and active members of the public. Read more

March 14, 2019 |

New marine protected area established in the Batangas Province of the Philippines

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Community-driven MPA a major conservation victory for the “center of the center” of marine biodiversity.

SAN FRANCISCO (February 25, 2019)—The global marine community has cause to celebrate a conservation milestone in the Philippines. The Municipality of Tingloy on Maricaban Island in Batangas Province recently designated 54.4 acres (22.01 hectares) of thriving coral reef habitat as a marine protected area (MPA), only the second MPA to be established in the municipality. Read more

March 13, 2019 |

CORAL REEFS

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Coral reefs are the most diverse of all marine ecosystems. They teem with life, with perhaps one-quarter of all ocean species depending on reefs for food and shelter.

This is a remarkable statistic when you consider that reefs cover just a tiny fraction (less than one percent) of the earth’s surface and less than two percent of the ocean bottom. Because they are so diverse, coral reefs are often called the rainforests of the sea. Read more

March 7, 2019 |

Historic birth for Galapagos tortoises

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First giant tortoise hatchlings born in the wild in over 100 years found by conservationists in the Galapagos Islands.

Some of them might still remember it. Hunted down and eaten by whalers and pirates, their offspring preyed upon by invasive rodents, dogs, and pigs, the Galapagos Island giant tortoise had a rough couple of centuries, as their isolated Pacific island home came under wave after wave of attack from foreign invaders. One in particular, the Pinzón Island saddleback giant tortoise (Chelonoidis ephippium) found itself on the brink of extinction; by the 1960s, there were only approximately one hundred animals left in existence. Read more

February 7, 2019 |

Historical WWII ship converted to an artificial reef with a sea monster sculpture

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Experience a one of a kind dive: The Kodiak Queen. A historical World War II ship converted to an artificial reef with a sea monster sculpture.

The Kodiak Queen, a ship originally wrecked at Pearl Harbor during WWII that’s now sunk off of Mountain Point, Virgin Gorda, has gained new life as an art installation and it’s perhaps the most exciting addition to the Caribbean underwater scene in years: the “BVI Art Reef”, the brainchild of a group of conservationists led by BVI resident Sir Richard Branson. Read more

January 14, 2019 |
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