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Seven Tips for Cage Diving with Sharks

What to expect when cage diving with sharks, and what to consider before you go. Cage diving with sharks gives a chance to see these beautiful animals up close. However, it is controversial. Scientific research on cage diving, though, concludes that the effect of cage diving is positive for the sharks, the environment and the local people - provided the dive operators conform to codes of behaviour.
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.

Human Activity Seriously Damaging Coral Reef

The Barrier Reef shared by Belize, Guatemala, Honduras and Mexico, the second longest in the world, is being severely damaged by human activities. More...

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.

Iceland Resumes Whaling for Japan: More Dog Food?

Environmental organisations have strongly criticised the resumption of commercial fin whaling by Icelandic whaler Kristján Loftsson, whose company plans to hunt up to 180...
North Atlantic Right Whale, Mother and Calf

Right Whales Threatened by Planned Seismic Surveys Along US Coast

Rare right whales would be harmed by planned surveys using extremely intense explosions. Companies have applied to survey as much as 90,000 miles of trackline off America's East Coast, running back and forth over the same area during the first year alone.

Marine-i backs innovative research approach for coastal wildlife

Rock Pool Project app lets the public identify a wide range of marine species and record the specific locations in which they were found - building up a unique new database

New Zealand’s blue whales under threat from seafloor mining

A group of blue whales that frequent the South Taranaki Bight between the North and South islands of New Zealand appears to be part...
Grouper recovery graph

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...

EU launches shark protection plan

The European Commission has launched a Plan of Action for the Conservation and Management of Sharks. The aim is to rebuild shark stocks and...