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.
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 in our oceans each year, entangling and killing millions of animals including seals, turtles and whales. When divers see or remove any ghost gear, they can upload their sighting which […]
For 50 years the Natural History Museum in London has run the Wildlife Photographer of the Year competition – harnessing the power of photography to inspire greater understanding of the natural world, challenge perceptions and encourage change to preserve the beauty and diversity of the Earth. They are looking for photos that represent the natural […]
Winner of prestigious underwater photography contest was announced today as Ray Collins, with his shot through the arc of a wave on a Gold Coast Beach. More fabulous photos feature in 12 categories. The judges awarded prizes to 60 photographers from entries from 50 countries.
The 1974 film “Jaws” immortalized the Great White but also did more damage to the image of the Great White Shark than they could ever do themselves. Despite all the fear and celebrity, very little is known about these aquatic behemoths. Scientists who have studied Carcharodon carcharias (jagged tooth) aren’t even sure how they reproduce. […]
The British Sub-Aqua Club (BSAC) has published its Annual Diving Incident Report for 2014. The 2014 report records a total of 216 incidents. BSAC have monitored and reported on diving incidents since 1964. Their report contains both details of UK diving incidents occurring to divers of all affiliations, and incidents occurring world-wide involving BSAC members. […]
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 […]
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 […]
Divers monitor reef shark numbers as accurately, and cheaper, than automated tracking tools, a study suggests. Shark populations are thought to be declining globally, but a quick search of the IUCN’s Red List shows that for 67% of shark species the population trend is unknown. It’s difficult to monitor shark numbers due in part to […]