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Diving the Marine World Heritage Sites

Forty-five World Heritage Sites - places of "outstanding cultural or natural value" - are located in marine areas. And many are also fabulous diving spots. The first marine Heritage Site to be listed was the Galapagos Islands, in 1978. Next listing was Australia's Great Barrier Reef. It contains the world's largest collection of coral reefs, with 400 types of coral, 1500 species of fish and 4000 types of mollusc. Australia has the most Marine World Heritage sites of any country: five. Ningaloo Coast was inscribed most recently in June 2011. Ningaloo, in Western Australia, is famous for its whale sharks. Also on the West coast is Shark Bay. This has three exceptional natural features: its vast sea-grass beds, which are the largest and richest in the world; its dugong (sea cow) population; and its stromatolites. Stromatolites are rock like structures built by microbes, similarly to how corals build reefs. Shark's Bay stromatolites are 2000 to 3000 years old, but stromatolites have been being built for 3.5 billion years. Shark Bay is also home to five species of endangered mammals.
Duyung Baru Komodo

Which Komodo Liveaboard? Diving from the Duyung Baru

Which Komodo liveaboard to choose? You can't go wrong with the Duyung Baru<. Fr a start this liveaboard takes just six divers in three cabins. With the co-owner and dive guide Vovo Korth taking a dim view of crowded dive sites, often the seven of you will be the only people in the water. Komodo has fabulous diving, with sharks, turtles, eagle or manta rays on nearly every dive. If you're more into small stuff there are plenty of nudibranchs and seahorses as well.

Mediterranean leaders urged to save tuna

Bluefin tuna populations have declined alarmingly over the past few decades due to overfishing fuelled by an increasingly expensive industry.A new WWF report shows...
Coral Reef

Malaysia creates its largest marine park

Malaysia has created the Tun Mustapha Marine Park - its largest yet. In the coral triangle, the new park will help protect almost 1...
Mobula ray jumping out of the water. Mobula munkiana, known as the manta de monk, Munk's devil ray, pygmy devil ray, smoothtail mobula, is a species of ray in the family Myliobatida. Pacific ocean

Best Places to Dive in January

It’s the start of a new year and the diving on offer is off the charts this month. The Maldives is the place to...
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Government must act on State of Nature Report

The UK's first State of Nature report, which has been launched by Sir David Attenborough, reveals that 60% of UK wildlife species are in...

New free guide to diving America’s marine sanctuaries

The NOAA National Marine Sanctuary Program has developed a colourful new printed guide and Web page for scuba divers, about diving in America's 13...

The 3 best locations in the world for scuba diving

The world we live in is a beautiful one, from its rolling hills and mountains, and its sweeping, endless pastures, to the mysterious depths...

Divers Discover New Wreck in Red Sea

Following several months of research, Paul Vinten and Aaron Bruce from Hurghada Emperor Tekstreme have found the wreck of a ferry lying at a...
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US Makes Progress on Over-Fishing: Fish Stocks Recovering

The number of US fish stocks listed as overfished, or subject to overfishing, has dropped to an all-time low since NOAA Fisheries began monitoring...