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Decision hailed as huge step forward that will safeguard both the marine environment and the country’s lucrative dive tourism industry.
Some good news for the new year: in what has been called a huge step forward in protecting oceans and marine life, the Belize government has announced bold legislation to end oil activity in all of its waters. Read more
A recent report tracking the health of the Mesoamerican Reef indicates that conservation efforts might be helping to turn the tide for the reef itself and the people who depend on it.
“Reefs face ever increasing stress which is outpacing that of our management actions,” Melanie McField, an ecologist at the Smithsonian Institution, said in a statement. “ The measured improvement in reef health demonstrates our capacity to stem the trajectory of decline.” Read more
Many of the world’s fish populations are threatened by over-consumption with severe implications for the millions of humans that depend on them for their livelihood and sustenance. You can do your part to stem this tide of unsustainable fishing, use the Marine Conservation Society Good Fish Guide and make sustainable choices. Read more
Andrew and Marit Miners are co-founders of Misool Eco Resort and Misool Foundation (called Yayasan Misool Baseftin in Indonesian)often held up as an example of how everyday people with grit, heart and determination can effect real change. For their vision and dedication, the Miners are our January/February Scuba Diving Sea Heroes. Read more
The whale pushed biologist Nan Hauser with his head and his mouth, tucked her under its pectoral fin – even lifted the biologist out of the water on one occasion.
This is the heart-stopping moment a giant 50,000-pound humpback whale protected an unsuspecting snorkeler from a STiger Shark by pushing her through the water. Read more
The nation will fully protect 57,000 square miles around the Revillagigedo Islands from fishing and resource extraction.
Mexico’s president, Enrique Peña Nieto, signed a decree creating a massive marine reserve, spanning 57,000 square miles around the four Revillagigedo Islands—a volcanic archipelago 240 miles southwest of the Baja Peninsula. The reserve is the largest marine protected area yet created in North America. Read more
An extraordinary mission to save vaquita porpoises from extinction has got off to a promising start in the Gulf of California, where military dolphins are being used to help round up and capture the world’s rarest marine mammal and move them to a sanctuary. Read more
It’s been over twenty years since we first started hearing alarming reports of lionfish being seen in the Caribbean and Gulf of Mexico. Originally from the Indo-Pacific it is not certain how they invaded the Atlantic, but once in waters where they have no natural predators, the lionfish population exploded and quickly became the most destructive invasive species in history. Read more