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
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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
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
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
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
Florida Fish and Wildlife Commission Adopts New Regulations Protecting Sharks & Blue Heron Bridge Dive Site0
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
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