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News and articles on scuba diving, marine biology, oceanography and marine conservation.



 



Trillions of Plastic Bits, Swept Up by Current, Are Littering Arctic Waters
The world's oceans are littered with trillions of pieces of plastic - bottles, bags, toys, fishing nets and more, mostly in tiny particles - and now this seaborne junk is making its way into the Arctic.



7 Facts About Plastic Bags that Will Change How You Use Them
If just one person used recycled plastic bags over their lifetime, they would be removing 22,000 plastic bags from the environment.



Squid and octopus can edit and direct their own brain genes
Octopuses and squid have confirmed their reputation as Earth-bound "aliens" with the discovery that they can edit their own genetic instructions.



Titanic: Diving tours of wreck site to begin in 2018
Deep-pocketed tourists will once again get the chance to glide along the Titanic's deck when London-based travel company Blue Marble Private begins dives to the wreck site in May 2018.



How Egypt's government plans to save the turtles
The Egyptian Ministry of Environment is preparing to launch the National Plan for the Protection of Turtles. the plan involves several mechanisms, most importantly the formation of a task force for rapid intervention along the coasts to monitor fishermen and fishmongers and ban the trade of endangered species, namely sea turtles, and to release the captured ones in the closest natural habitat.



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



Japan kills more than 300 whales in annual Antarctic hunt
Whaling fleet returns to port after slaughtering hundreds of minke whales, in defiance of moratorium on hunting and global criticism



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



Shrinking Arctic sea ice threatens the majestic Beluga whale
Algae living on the arctic sea ice sustains a food chain up to the beluga whale. But the ice is decreasing - and in summers, it may be gone entirely by 2050



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.



SCUBA News 201 Now Up
Latest issue of SCUBA News (ISSN 1476-8011) is now up.



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.



Entries now open for Global Underwater Photograph Contest
Underwater photographry contest open to amateur photographers around the world.



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.



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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.



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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



Diving Unspoilt Papua New Guinea
The diving in Papua New Guinea is spectacular - with waters jam-packed full of fish



Cocos Islands - World Class Diving at World Heritage Site
300 miles off Costa Rica the Cocos Islands are a great place to see pelagic species like marlin, sailfish and sharks when they visit the islands to feed and mate.



Whale sharks added to endangered species list
Whale sharks and slender hammerheads are nearer extinction due to human actions.



Diving Providenciales - what to expect
In the Turks and Caicos islands - insider tips for getting the best out of a diving trip to Provo island



Lionfish begin invasion into Mediterranean Sea: Cyprus already colonised
Scientists urge divers to remove Mediterranean lionfish as they are a huge threat to native species



The most intelligent invertebrate - what can the octopus do?
The octopus can remove lids from child-proof bottles, unlock and open boxes and recognise people - shaking hands with some and squirting water at others.



Diving in Italy
Read divers' reviews of dive centres around Italy. Where to go and which to choose.



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



Malaysia creates its largest marine park in diving hotspot
Malaysia has created the Tun Mustapha Marine Park - its largest yet. In the coral triangle, the new park will help protect almost 1 million hectares of coral reef, mangrove and seagrass and fishing grounds including more than 50 islands.



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More fish in Indonesia shark sanctuary
Good news for Indonesia's shark sanctuary: sharks and other fish are more abundant within zones with fishing restrictions according to a new study. Bad news for the people who fish for a living - they sometimes turned to crime to make ends meet.



Best dive operator in the Philippines?
More reviews from divers in the Philippines. Find which get the 5 fish rating and which to avoid.



First evidence of multiple paternity in bull sharks
A single litter of bull shark pups can have two fathers, say French researchers.