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Mediterranean tuna management an “international disgrace”

According to environmental groups, an independent review panel of international fisheries experts has branded the management of the Mediterranean bluefin tuna fishery an "international...

Underwater photography competition: enter now

2009 is the 31st year of the International Festival of Underwater Photography, Films and Children's Artwork. The festival is open to both amateurs...
Frog Fish, Australia

70% of Great Barrier Reef tourists are rushing to visit before it goes

Tourists are hurrying to experience Australia's Great Barrier Reef before it's gone, says new report.
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.
Image by James Gleason, Northwest Hydro Inc

3D Sonar Map Shows Sunken Civil War Ship

One hundred and fifty years ago, 20 miles off the coast of Texas, the Hatteras gunboat was sunk during a battle with the famous...

Why leatherback turtles linger in South Pacific

Tagging and tracking leatherback sea turtles has produced new insights into the turtles' behavior in a part of the South Pacific Ocean long considered...

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.
Fiji Siren

Fiji Siren Liveaboard Sinks

Fiji Siren sinks into 240 m of water after being holed in Bligh Water. All divers and crew safely abandoned ship.
Galapagos hammerheads

Best places to scuba dive in December

Where to scuba dive in December? Mantas and whale sharks at Hanifaru Bay; mass spawning of barracuda & Nassau grouper in Belize - groupers circling each other, releasing their spawn as they go; mating turtles & schools of hammerheads in the Galapagos
Parrotfish in fishing net

Caribbean coral reefs gone within 20 years

Most Caribbean coral reefs may disappear within 20 years, if something isn't done, a new report warns - but for once global warming is not to blame.