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Anywhere beat the Galapagos for Scuba Diving?
With the largest shark biomass on the planet, warm water corals and antarctic fur seals - anywhere beat the Galapagos for diving?



SCUBA News 205 Now Up
Latest issue of SCUBA News (ISSN 1476-8011) now up



Great Barrier Reef: Fish exposed to oil make risky choices, study finds
Study emphasises the risks of increasing industrial activity in areas like the Great Barrier Reef.



SCUBA News announces the winners of World Dive Map contest
SCUBA News are pleased to announce the winners of our contest to win a map of the best dive sites in the world. Divers from around the world entered the draw and the lucky winners were...



Two tourists killed and four wounded in Hurghada stabbing
An Egyptian man with a knife stabbed two female tourists to death and wounded another four at the Red Sea resort yesterday, reportedly shouting at Egyptians to get out of the way so he could attack foreigners.



Sailing drones are collecting data from the Arctic to the tropics
...to help better understand how changes in the ocean are affecting weather, climate, fisheries and marine mammals. The wind and solar-powered research vehicles will travel thousands of miles across the ocean, reaching some areas never before surveyed with such specialised technology.



Marine vessels are unsuspecting hosts of invasive species
Invasive ascidians -- sac-like marine invertebrate filter feeders -- are nuisance organisms that present a global threat. They contribute to biodiversity loss, ecosystem degradation and impairment of ecosystem services around the world.A new study finds that ships play a dominant role in introducing and dispersing these tough-shelled non-indigenous organisms into new environments.



Tackling Tuna: How People Took On the Biggest Tuna Company and Won
Following two years of intense pressure by Greenpeace, environmentalists, labour unions, and human rights organisations, today Thai Union, the world's largest tuna company, announced a breakthrough package of reforms that marks a new beginning for the seafood industry.



Suunto recalls wireless tank pressure transmitter and tank pod
Anyone who has either a Suunto wireless tank pressure transmitter or tank POD should take their products to an authorised Suunto dive dealer service centre for inspection and upgrade.



Underwater drones will fly and dive into the sea like pelicans
Underwater glider drones can travel far on little power, but they're slow. The US navy wants to give them a speed boost by letting them take flight.



Unique coral reef at risk as oil companies plan to drill near Amazon river
Oil companies planning to drill have calculated that the ecosystem has a 30% chance of being affected in the event of a spill



Getting serious about overfishing
Overfishing is bad for fish; it is also, in the long run, bad for those seeking to catch them.



Welcome Mx Scuba to the SCUBA Travel site
Diving Cozumel, Playa del Carmen and the Cenotes.



Oil-exploration airguns punch 2-kilometre-wide holes in plankton
The seismic sound blasts made by airguns searching for new oil reserves under the ocean floor can kill large swathes of plankton, the basis of the marine food chain, leaving the ocean dotted with plankton holes.



Nearly 100 of the world's 500 shark species are found around Cuba.
There are many diving areas along Cuba's 5646 km of coast. The Isle of Youth (Isla de la Juventud), for example, is a marine reserve which is sheltered from the prevailing South East winds. It has caves, drop-offs and wrecks. Some of the best diving though is at the Jardines de la Reina archipelago.



Welcome Argentario Divers to the SCUBA Travel site
We're delighted to welcome Argentario Divers, Italy, to SCUBA Travel. Whether it's caves, wrecks or sea life you're after, visit the marine reserves of Argentario, Giglio and Giannutri Island.



Latest issue of SCUBA News now up
Inside: free entry into world diving map draw, 40% off Red Sea liveaboard, Kenya's other safaris, the diving of Indonesia, Vietnam and Sardinia. Plus all the diving and marine environment news and a request for help from disabled SCUBA divers.



Diving Placencia Belize - What you Need to Know before you Go
In the southern part of the friendly country of Belize lies a beach town with a knack for cheap happy hours, inexpensive good food as well as plenty of water based things to do. Placencia is a two street village that is about laid back as you can get. It is located at the end of a long peninsula with miles of beaches.



Marine Reserves help mitigate against climate change, say scie
Scientists say reserves can help marine ecosystems and people adapt to five key impacts of climate change: ocean acidification; sea-level rise; increased intensity of storms; shifts in species distribution, and decreased productivity and oxygen availability.



U.N. to Tackle Ocean Health and High Seas Protections
Many people may be aware of the evidence linking climate change to shrinking glaciers, sea level rise, and erratic weather, but unaware of a growing body of science also tying warming temperatures to dramatic shifts deep in the ocean.



Ailing Coral Reefs May Get Help From Tiny Partners
Research suggests high-tolerance microorganisms could be key to long-term coral survival



Using CT scanners to copy of every fish in the sea
The idea is to have one clearinghouse of fish CT scan data freely available to researchers anywhere to analyze the morphology, or structure, of particular species.



Okeanos Explorer returns from the Mountains in the Deep
Okeanos Explorer completes latest expedition with fabulous photos and videos of extraordinary deep sea creatures.



Divers free rare megamouth shark from fishing net
The megamouth shark is so rarely seen that its existence eluded us until 1976. To this day, the species is officially known from just 102 specimens. We've yet to discover where these creatures give birth, exactly where they live, or even how many of them are out there. But just recently, divers off the coast of Japan managed to free one of the lumbering giants after it swam into a fishing net.



What's going wrong in our deep blue and warming sea?
Sydney will have tropical waters by between 2040-60. Summers above 25, winter 19 degrees. Regions such as 12-metre strands of giant kelp off Tasmania are under threat as waters warm



Caves and creatures underwater in Sardinia
Sardinia is surrounded by marine caves and cliffs shearing into the sea. You can dive here all year round.



Who to dive with in Hurghada?
Discover the best rated dive centres in Hurghada



Fish boost photosynthesis by wafting water around corals
The fin fanning of damselfish in the Red Sea helps boost the rate of photosynthesis of the algae that live inside corals.



Corals that grow faster in warm water could beat climate change
Parts of the Great Barrier Reef and many other coral reefs around the world are already dying because of global warming. But if the fabulous ones in the northern Red Sea are protected from pollution, their unique evolutionary history means they might survive - and even thrive - late into this century despite the rising heat.



Exploring the diving in Vietnam
Vietnam has a massive 3260 km of coastline, much of which is un-dived. As Vietnam is a relatively new destination for divers there are many areas of unspoilt diving, rich for exploration



Researchers need info from disabled divers and their instructors
Are you a disabled diver? Do you instruct or dive with disabled divers? Fill in a survey and win diving gear from Cressi.



Killer Whales hunt massive Great White Sharks for their Livers
In Gansbaai, which is usually home to one of the highest concentrations of great whites in the world, the sharks seem to be acting cautiously following the attacks. Cage diving operators have not encountered a single living individual since last week when the whales started their liver feasts.



First Pakistani female scuba-diving instructor breaking stereotypes
Rosheen Khan has become the first and the only female scuba-diving instructor in Pakistan.



50% Off the World Class Diving of Palau
Palau offers world-class diving with sea walls, sheer drop-offs, caves and an exuberance of marine life. Palau is by a deep trench which attracts large pelagic species like silky shark, manta rays, bigeye tuna, marlin and swordfish.



Diving into Caribbean yesteryear - Corn Islands Nicaragua
Little Corn is the only destination where I've experienced gregarious encounters with "friendly" nurse sharks on every dive.



Diving Malta after the Collapse of the Azure Window
Sadly the Azure Window collapsed into the sea during a storm in March 2017. The rubble starts from 10 metres and descends down to some 50 metres.



Welcome Nha Trang Fun Divers Vietnam to the SCUBA Travel site
Dive Vietnam with Nha Trang Fun Divers - free hotel pick-ups.



Diving with sharks - good or bad?
Does diving with sharks and rays affect their behaviour?



PADI sold for 700 million dollars
To consortium of wealthy families called Mandarinfish Holdings,



Florida sharks worth more alive than dead, says study
Shark-related dives in Florida generated more than $221 million in revenue and fuelled over 3700 jobs in 2016, according to a new report from Oceana. This compares to the total U.S. shark fin export market of just $1.03 million.



Meet the obscure plankton that influences climate, ocean ecosystems, and perhaps even evolution
Prochlorococcus, a cyanobacterium that is the smallest, most abundant photosynthesizing cell in the ocean, is responsible for 5% of global photosynthesis.



Great Barrier Reef suffers extreme coral bleaching for the second year in a row
12 months of above-average sea temperatures is cooking the reef alive



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All the Boats on the Ocean: How Government Subsidies Led to Global Overfishing
Most current fishing practices are neither economically nor biologically sustainable. Every year, the world spends 80 billion dollars buying fish that cost 105 billion dollars to catch, even as heavy fishing places growing pressure on stocks that are already struggling with warmer, more acidic oceans. How have we developed an industry that is so wasteful, and why has it been so difficult to alter the trajectory toward species extinction?



Azure Window Falls
Voted one of the top 100 dive sites in the World, Gozo's Inland Sea to the Azure Window has been shattered.The imposing arch collapsed this morning during a storm.



The best-rated diving company on the SCUBA Travel site is...
Downbelow Marine and Wildlife Adventures. They not only keep their divers happy, they are equally committed to protecting the environment.



Marine Life Heaven at Baja California
Home to the marine biodiversity hot spot of Cabo Pulmo, Baja California has world class diving.



Head for the Med: Scuba Diving Greece
Until 2005, divers were given access to just 620 miles of the 10,000 miles of Greek coastline. Then the legislation changed and diving is now allowed throughout the seas of Greece. So where should you go?






Which sunscreens are safe for sea life?
It's a minefield trying to buy a sunscreen which doesn't harm the sea life. Even those trumpeting their green credentials are not always free from harmful chemicals and components. You have to read the label very carefully. So what are the nasties of which scuba divers and snorkellers should be wary?



66 Islands in Croatia - Which to Dive?
You can dive in Croatia between May and November. It is quietest in September and October and the water is still warm then. See where Croatia's best dive sites are.



Welcome Chloe's Diving Center to the SCUBA Travel Site
With brand new equipment Chloe's Diving Center Hurghada offer daily diving excursions, diving courses, water activities and diving safaris in Egypt's Red Sea.



Ocean Art Underwater Photography Winners 2016 Announced
Australian photographer Matty Smith has won Ocean Art's best-in-show 2016 for his dazzling Pacific Man of War image titled Blue Lasso.



Great White Sharks DON'T mistake surfers for seals
It's commonly said that sharks, especially great white sharks, mistake surfers for seals when looking at them from below and thus bite them by mistake. New research shows this not to be the case.



Diving the Weird and Wonderful Browning Pass
The Browning Pass was so full of life this year that it appeared to be moving at times. Massive schools of Puget Sound Rock fish, along with other juveniles, were so thick in some spots it ruined some photographs. Some divers even accidentally brought them back on board the boat when they became trapped in their dive gear.



Sipadan - what you need to know
Sipadan is one of the best dive areas in the world - read all about it at http://sipadan.com/



SCUBA Travel release 2016 Scuba Best Sellers List
Revealed: The 10 most popular Scuba Diving books and DVDs of 2016



The best dive sites of Baja California
Baja California is a peninsula jutting out below the American state of California and separating the Pacific from the Sea of Cortez. It has some beautiful diving, especially in Los Cabos, Cabo Pulmo and the Revillagigedo Islands.



Best diving in Thailand - the Andaman Sea
From now until April is the time to visit the best dive sites of Thailand - in the Andaman Sea. The marine reserves have re-opened and the diving season just begun.



Diving Colombia
Colombia has diving in both the Caribbean and Pacific. The driest time to go to the Pacific side is January, February, March or the middle of August. For the Caribbean, April to November is best.Some of the best diving on Colombia's Caribbean coast is at San Andres and Providencia Islands. The coral reef here is said to be the world's third largest. The area is in the Seaflower Biosphere Reserve.The Pacific coast offers more challenging diving, with stronger currents. You are more likely to see big stuff like sharks, tuna and even humpback whales here. World class dive sites include Malpelo, a remote seamount 500 kilometres west Colombia, famous for schooling hammerheads and silky sharks. Only one liveaboard visits at a time and soon the only liveaboards going will operate out of Colombia. It can be dangerous diving Malpelo on a boat with inexperienced crew. A tragic incident occurred this year when divers were lost. We recommend only going with a reputable liveaboard like the Yemaya.



Thailand diving season starts - find a liveaboard to the best dive sites
From now to April is the best time to dive the Andaman sea - the weather is calm and the visibility good. The best dive sites are reached by liveaboard boat.



For big pelagics dive Brazil
From manta rays to whale sharks, offshore Brazil has world-class diving



Is mislabelling good for fish?
It's no secret that mislabelling is rampant around the world. Recent studies estimate up to 30 percent of seafood served in restaurants and sold in supermarkets is actually something other than what is listed on the menu or label.



Diver found alive after spending 14 hours overnight in the ocean
The man, 68, went missing diving the SS Yongala wreck off the Queensland coast but was found 50km away the next day



Terrific Diving at the Deep South Atolls of the Maldives
Most Maldives liveaboards visit the Central Atolls of the Maldives. What if we want to be different and explore the diving deeper in the south?



Where to dive in the Turks and Caicos?
The Turks and Caicos island chains are separated by the 1.8km-deep Turks Island Passage where humpback whales migrate. The islands are famous for their wall dives dropping off down to the deeps



Squid - the Prawn Cocktail of the 21st Century - but is it OK to eat?
Squid from Japan gets the green light for sustainability but you should treat calamari from other fisheries with caution.



10% off diving Bali
Quote ScubaTravelUK1617 to get 10% off diving Bali, free rental gear and an AquaMarine Goodie-Bundle.



Careers in Scuba Diving - Meet the Author
Kenneth Tuttle Wilhelm gives invaluable advice for anyone considering working in the diving industry. He discusses burnout, finding lucrative sidelines and the best places to work and dive.



Robomussels monitor climate change
Robot mussels have the shape, size and colour of actual mussels, but have miniature built-in sensors that track temperatures inside the mussel beds.



Bull shark seen in Mississippi
One of the extraordinary things about bull sharks is that they are as happy in freshwater as they are in the sea. They have even been seen far inland up the Mississippi river. Many spend time in the freshwater Lake Nicaragua - jumping up the river like salmon to get there.



10 Percent Off Diving Insurance
Get 10 percent off diving insurance - including travel, equipment, technical diving, dive professional liability - with no depth limits



Welcome Local Dive Thailand to the SCUBA Travel site
Phuket's leaders in scuba diving day trips and PADI courses



Where to scuba dive in Antigua?
The sea is always warm in Antigua. One side of the island is good for learning to dive, the other for experienced divers.



Accommodation for Divers in Dominica
The diving in Dominica currently is nearly all on the Caribbean side of the island, so that is where to base yourself. Although there is good diving throughout Dominica, the best is in the South. We'd recommend spending some time in all areas: North, South and Middle. It is only a small island and you can travel from one end to the other in a couple of hours.



Why dive in Oman?
The Sultanate of Oman is the oldest independent state in the Arab world. Tourism is on the rise, with diving being one of Oman's attractions.The coastline extends 1700 km and borders three seas - the Arabian or Persian Gulf, the Gulf of Oman and the Arabian Sea. The capital is Muscat (Masqat), in the North East. There are probably between 1300 and 1500 different species of fish to be found in the coastal waters of Oman.



Scuba Diver's Guide to Indonesia
What you need to know before visiting Indonesia: scuba diving, tipping, visas, currency, children. Where to go and how to get there.



Blue whales' unique feeding habits revealed by sensors
Whales are the biggest animals to ever have existed on Earth, and yet some subsist on tiny creatures. How they do this is only just being uncovered.



Sharm el-Sheikh flights to resume soon?
The British Government should lift the ban on travel to the popular Red Sea resort of Sharm el-Sheikh as a crumbling tourism industry in the region could leave it "vulnerable to radicalisation", the head of the cross-party parliamentary group on Egypt told the Daily Telegraph.



Ocean Art Underwater Photography Contest 2016 Now Open
Enter the Ocean Art underwater photography competition to win one of $75000 of prizes.



Beneath India's Islands
Isolated and unspoilt, India's Lakshadweep and Andaman Islands have fabulous diving.



When and where to dive in the Maldives
Serious diving resorts include Biyadoo - very good food as they grow their own fruit and vegetables and Elaidoo. The best option for divers though is a liveaboard.



Revealed: Why Malta and Gozo have some of the best dives in Europe
Year round diving, clear waters and $75 off diving - read more



The two sides of diving the Dominican Republic
Atlantic or Caribbean? Wrecks, reefs or caves?



70% of Great Barrier Reef visitors are there to see it before it goes
Tourists are hurrying to experience Australia's Great Barrier Reef before it's gone, says new report.



Welcome Lanzarote Dive Centre to the SCUBA Travel site
Friendly, professional dive centre, customer focused on safe fun diving for beginners to pros and tec divers alike.



World's Best Wildlife Dive Sites
From the sardine run to swimming pigs - a diver's wish-list for finding the very best underwater wildlife experiences.



Diving the Canary Islands
Thanks to the Canary current bringing nutrient-rich upwellings, the Canary islands have lots of sea life and great underwater architecture created by lava flows



Great Barrier Reef - best liveaboard or dive operator?
Read real divers' reviews of diving Australia's Great Barrier Reef