Australia has declared that it will ban dumping of sediment in the marine park area of the Great Barrier Reef, but not in the entire World Heritage Site. This matters because, according to environmental pressure group Fight for the Reef, in recent years 80% of dumping has been in World Heritage waters just outside the […]
Along with her husband Shaun, Beth Tierney is co-author of the popular Diving the World. Jill Studholme interviewed her for SCUBA News. What makes your book different from other books about diving around the world? There are two principals we have stuck to ever since the first edition. Right from the start, we asked other […]
Male crustaceans avoid being completely feminised by pollutant-contaminated seawater as they “lock down” their maleness. New research by scientists at the University of Portsmouth has shown that crustaceans turned partially into females but retained a core of masculinity, and they may have learned how to do it after evolutionary battles with parasites. The research is […]
Survey of 9000 people finds that people around the world want to eat sustainably fished seafood.
Marine conservation group Oceana finds amazing array of marine life in Canary Islands expedition, from shallows to down to 1000m. Using ROVs (remotely operated underwater vehicles) as well as scuba divers to shallow depths, they documented large colonies of deep-sea white coral, crystal aggregations of sponges, dense forests of black corals, oceanic puffers, giant foraminifera, carnivorous sponges and sharks, as well as many other biological communities and species in the south of the El Hierro Island.
SCUBA divers underestimate the amount of life in heavily-fished areas, a study suggests. Scientists from Australia compared fish counts by SCUBA divers—who produce noisy bubbles—and divers using silent rebreathers. They found little difference in counts between the two in Marine Protected Areas (MPAs), where the fish weren’t frightened of the divers. In more heavily fished […]
Ahmed Gabr has made the deepest ever scuba dive—to 332.35 meters—in Dahab in Egypt. The dive was projected to take 14 hours to complete, with just minutes of this being the descent time. Gabr and his support divers team planned to use about 90 tanks (plus 17 twinsets) in the course of the dive. His […]
Tomorrow is the SCUBA Challenge, where disabled and able-bodied divers will complete 64 lengths in the pool – fully kitted up – and 2 open water dives to raise money for Disability Day. Organised by Dave Thompson, who sustained a spinal cord injury whilst playing American Football and has since been a full time wheelchair […]
The British Sub-Aqua Club has launched Diving for All, a new instructor course designed to provide qualified Instructors with the skills and mindset to teach people with disabilities within their branches and centres. Following a series of pilots the first disabled diving instruction course is set for 18 October. The course is for a minimum […]
Eels are losing the fight to survive when faced with marine noise pollution such as that of passing ships, according to a study published in the journal Global Change Biology. Scientists from the Universities of Exeter and Bristol that found that in the presence of ship noise, European eels (Anguilla anguilla) were 50% less likely […]