Reducing tourist consumption of reef fish is critical for Palau’s ocean sustainability, finds a new University of British Columbia study that suggests other small island nations might also consider adopting this strategy. Read more
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Roll Out the Unwelcome Mat for these Underwater Residents
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Every year, the U.S. has “National Invasive Species Awareness Week“. Why do they take an entire week to talk about plant and animal species that take up residency in non-native habitats? Not all immigrants stir up trouble, but those defined as invasive marine species can put ecosystems, economies and human health at risk. Read more
My daughter Alexandra loves to shot Lion Fish for both conservation measures and the fact they taste fantastic. Several weeks ago she shot several of these fish. One in fact was just ½” shy of the state record in FL.!! Read more
Bright blue, older than dinosaurs and weighing as much as an average-sized man, coelacanths are the most endangered fish in South Africa and among the rarest in the world. Read more
Subway Watersports, the on-site dive operation at Turquoise Bay Dive Resort on Roatan, Honduras, recently donated a 27-ft boat to the Roatan Marine Park to assist in that organization’s efforts to protect the vital Roatan marine environment. The boat, named the “Isabelle Sirenna”, was immediately put to use by Marine Park Officials who now regularly patrol the Northeastern sector of the island near where Turquoise Bay is located. Read more
Here’s a great idea for your next vacation. Pick a tropical island paradise–Fiji for example. Get wet in the pristine waters and break out the scuba gear. But most important, turn your vacation from tourism to voluntourism. Become a citizen scientist on a mission. Try coral reef gardening. Read more
According to the U.N. agency, the largest barrier reef system in the Northern Hemisphere no longer faces “immediate danger.”
Remember that first experience of snorkeling through warm, crystal clean water and looking down into a world of vibrantly colored corals and endless marine life. That’s what hooked me decades ago. Today our coral reefs are threatened as never before. However, by following some simple steps you can become a reef-friendly traveler helping to protect our coral reefs. Read more
The Vatu-i-Ra Conservation Park boasts some of the most spectacular diving in Fiji, drawing divers from all over the world.
Many of the bommies and pinnacles are covered in vibrant soft corals and gorgonian sea fans, making the sites popular amongst dive photographers6. Strong currents in the Conservation Park bring large schools of fish, particularly around bommies and pinnacles. Read more