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Diving on mast of Shouna by Tim Nicholson of SCUBA Travel

Diving incidents up in 2015 but fatalities lowest for 20 years

The number of scuba diving incidents involving divers in British waters and British divers abroad rises this year, but more survive.

Which reef life communities are most vulnerable to global warming?

A 100 years from now, all the species in many marine communities will be lost and replaced by new species able to tolerate warmer...
Crown of thorns starfish, COTS

Divers kill crown-of-thorns starfish with vinegar whilst scientists unleash starfish-killing robot

Divers are killing crown-of-thorns starfish by injecting them with vinegar. Meanwhile, scientists are testing using starfish-killing robots rather than divers.
Photo by Yat Wai

Ocean Art Underwater Photo competition now open – $75000 of prizes to be won

The Underwater Photography Guide is now accepting entries for the 5th annual Ocean Art competition. Prizes worth over $75000 are on offer in 15...
Lifeboat

Divers urgently call to save St Abbs lifeboat

The British Sub-Aqua Club (BSAC) is calling for a re-think of St Abbs Lifeboat Station closure plans. Over the last few weeks BSAC has...
Coral Crab

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...

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...
Galapagos shark, Carcharhinus galapagensis

Scientists urge Brazil to take a stand on protecting marine life

Brazil fisheries have no bag or size limits for any species of fish and even the most basic fisheries statistics, such as the numbers and weights of fish being caught, are a blank space. The newly published Red List of Brazilian species at risk from extinction, identifies 83 types of marine animal aslo commercially exploited by fisheries. The Galapagos shark is an example of a keystone species thought to have been fished to regional extinction due to decades of nonexistent fisheries regulations. This species is one of many that could have greatly benefited from management plans that help reduce by-catch and prevent the overexploitation of fishing stocks.

Divers asked to report ghost gear

World Animal Protection are asking divers to report "ghost" fishing gear. They say that an estimated 640,000 tonnes of fishing gear is lost or abandoned...
Wildlife Photographer of the Year Contest now Open

Enter the Wildlife Photographer of the Year Contest

For 50 years the Natural History Museum in London has run the Wildlife Photographer of the Year competition - harnessing the power of photography...