Plastic debris devastates remote Pacific island

Posted by - 17th May 2017

A small, uninhabited island in the southern Pacific Ocean has the dubious honour of boasting the highest density of plastic waste anywhere on the planet, according to an in-depth study by the University of Tasmania’s Institute for Marine and Antarctic Studies and the Centre for Conservation Science at the Royal Society for the Protection of Birds.

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France bans captive breeding of dolphins and orcas

Posted by - 9th May 2017

In what has been hailed a major victory by wildlife campaigners and animal rights activists, France has banned the captive breeding of dolphins and orcas, as well as outlawing the keeping of all whales, dolphins and porpoises in captivity, except for orcas and bottlenose dolphins already held.   This ban on captive breeding will eventually

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Sir Richard Branson helps BVIs gain stunning ‘art’-ificial reef

Posted by - 28th April 2017

  The sight of a monstrous Kraken atop a stricken naval vessel sounds like something out of a Hollywood movie, but now divers to the British Virgin Islands can experience this weird-and-wonderful spectacle for themselves, thanks to a ground-breaking scheme spearheaded by entrepreneur Sir Richard Branson. It all started when one of Sir Richard’s staff,

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Major boost for shark conservation

Posted by - 21st April 2017

China Southern Airlines, the country’s biggest carrier, has announced it is making a stand for shark conservation and is banning the shipment of shark fins. This now means that 51 percent of international airlines (based on seat capacity) have banned the controversial cargo, and with national firm Air China already refusing to take shark fins

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HEPCA launches new flagship

Posted by - 18th April 2017

In continuation of the 25-year legacy of HEPCA and its pro-active intervention in the protection and conservation of the Red Sea environment, it has added an impressive new member to its fleet – the Amr Ali R/V Red Sea Defender. The new flagship of HEPCA, acquired in co-operation with the US Forest Service, is a specially

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Shrimp with rock star qualities

Posted by - 14th April 2017

A zoologist has given a new species of pistol shrimp the name of his favourite rock band, because it is able to produce a sound that is louder than stadium concerts. Dr Sammy de Grave, from Oxford University’s Museum of Natural History, was researching a pistol shrimp with a distinctive pink snapping claw that it

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Two-thirds of Great Barrier Reef affected by bleaching

Posted by - 11th April 2017

  In a time when climate change is a hot topic thanks to a certain TV-celebrity-turned-world-leader, it is worrying that aerial surveys have shown that unprecedented coral bleaching over consecutive years has significantly damaged some two-thirds of Australia’s Great Barrier Reef. Bleaching occurs when coral is stressed and loses its protective algae, known as zooxanthellae,

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BDMLR helps stricken Formby seal

Posted by - 7th April 2017

  Members of the British Divers Marine Life Rescue (BDMLR) group stepped in to assist with a grey seal that was washed up on Formby Beach in a sorry state. The large metre-and-a-half , 81kg animal was first seen just after 9am on Monday 3 April. Chris Tyman, a ranger with Sefton Council, contacted the

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Orcas slaughtered in front of tourist boats

Posted by - 5th April 2017

  Cruise ship visitors to St Vincent were left shocked and visibly upset after seeing two orcas slaughtered by fishermen right in front of them. And TUI Discovery took tough action in retaliation, cancelling all of its whale- and dolphin-watching tours. According to Ken Issacs, who was a crew member on one of two Fantasea

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Earthwatch Institute expedition to the Great Barrier Reef

Posted by - 4th April 2017

Global not-for-profit environmental charity Earthwatch aims to bring individuals from all walks of life together with world-class scientists to work for the good of the planet. Their latest scientific expedition is heading to the Great Barrier Reef in Australia. The leading scientist of this expedition is Dr David Bourne from the Australian Institute of Marine Science. The

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