SCUBA Divers cause coral disease and damage – it’s official

SCUBA diving and snorkelling are amongst the fastest growing tourism sectors. The increasing numbers mean many more people are aware of the beauty and importance of the marine environment, but also puts a great strain on the coral. Not only is it damaged by inexperienced divers kicking it and pollution from boats and hotels, research … Continue reading SCUBA Divers cause coral disease and damage – it’s official

Close encounter with a great white shark

I am often told how adventurous, crazy or “brave” I am, and that I take big risks. I don’t take crazy risks, but I do take calculated ones, and participate in activities that may seem overly risky, but I make sure all precautions are taken. More people are killed in car accidents than in “adventure … Continue reading Close encounter with a great white shark

Technosport Recall Omersub Scuba Diving Masks

Technosport are recalling about 2600 scuba diving masks as the glass in them can shatter during normal use. The faulty masks are all Omersub Zero Cub. “O.M.E.R.” appears on the forehead area of the mask in raised letters. Divers who still have the original packaging for the masks should look for the UPS Code 801 … Continue reading Technosport Recall Omersub Scuba Diving Masks

State of Europe’s seas getting worse

Europe is woefully behind in its ambition of achieving a ‘good environmental status’ of our seas by 2020, according to a report published today by the European Environment Agency. Only 4% of the marine species and habitats assessed have achieved the 2020 target of ‘good’ status. A range of human-induced pressures are affecting the state … Continue reading State of Europe’s seas getting worse

Marine monitoring can save lives at sea

Six research organisations have joined forces to save lives at sea by providing a world-class marine monitoring and forecasting service. The consortium, led by the Met Office, has won a European Union funded contract to provide data on currents, temperature, salinity, sea level and biogeochemistry. This will build on five years of developmental work. Dr … Continue reading Marine monitoring can save lives at sea

Tell us about plastics in luxury body care

After success in convincing many retailers to remove microplastics from their washes, lotions, scrubs, creams, gels, moisturisers and pastes, the Marine Conservation Society (MCS) is now turning its attention to luxury personal care goods. They want you to check the labels on products on your shelves and upload photos of any offenders to their Scrub … Continue reading Tell us about plastics in luxury body care

Data shows no slowdown in global warming – 2014 hottest year on record

Contrary to recent reports that there has been a hiatus in global warming, with improvements in measurements scientists conclude that the rate of warming over the first 15 years of this century has, in fact, been as fast or faster than that seen over the last half of the 20th century. 2014 was the hottest year on record.

Océano Profundo 2015: At The Bottom of the Caribbean

With measured precision remotely operated vehicles D2 and Seirios are lowered into the deep blue waters of the Caribbean. Ready for the unknown, they begin the descent through the water column to the seafloor hundreds of meters below. February 18 marked the beginning of NOAA’s first expedition for this year – Océano Profundo: Caribbean Trenches … Continue reading Océano Profundo 2015: At The Bottom of the Caribbean

Dottyback reef fish is a “wolf in sheep’s clothing”

A new study by researchers at the University of Cambridge has shown that the dottyback, a small predatory reef fish, can change the colour of its body to imitate a variety of other reef fish species, allowing the dottyback to sneak up undetected and eat their young. Its Latin name, Pseudochromis, means false damselfish – … Continue reading Dottyback reef fish is a “wolf in sheep’s clothing”