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Another Major City Bans Plastic Shopping Bags

Another Major City Bans Plastic Shopping Bags | All about water, the oceans, environmental issues | Scoop.it
Chicago has become the latest U.S. city to approve a ban on plastic shopping bags.

The City Council voted overwhelmingly in favor of a partial plastic bag ban in Chicago on Wednesday, the Chicago Tribune reports. The proposal was backed by Mayor R...
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Thumbs up---wish other cities would ban them as well!

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Gordon McGlone's curator insight, May 2, 5:08 AM

Plastic bags will become a thing of the past very soon; it can be done and more governments are showing the courage to take a stand.

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Report: Gulf and Atlantic Coasts Not Prepared for Sea-Level Rise

Report: Gulf and Atlantic Coasts Not Prepared for Sea-Level Rise | All about water, the oceans, environmental issues | Scoop.it
The National Research Council warns that U.S. coasts are at risk of flooding and storm damage, thanks to climate change.
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Manatee's Protected Species Status In Danger Because Of A Libertarian Boat Group

Manatee's Protected Species Status In Danger Because Of A Libertarian Boat Group | All about water, the oceans, environmental issues | Scoop.it
For the love of animals. Pass it on.
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Heartbreaking footage of a dead baby whale that died in shark nets off Gold Coast

Heartbreaking footage of a dead baby whale that died in shark nets off Gold Coast | All about water, the oceans, environmental issues | Scoop.it
SHOCKING underwater footage shows a very young humpback whale drowning in shark nets off Bilinga Beach on Sunday while its distressed mother watches.
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America catches some of the world’s best salmon but eats some of the worst

America catches some of the world’s best salmon but eats some of the worst | All about water, the oceans, environmental issues | Scoop.it
The US is a salmon-catching powerhouse. Nearly one-third of the world's wild salmon supply comes from US nets. Even when you take into account farmed salmon, US fishermen still bring around one-tenth of the total supply of salmon to the market. But more than half of America's salmon catch is going overseas: It's not that Americans aren't eating salmon....
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SILFRA - A DIVE BETWEEN TWO CONTINENTS

SILFRA - A DIVE BETWEEN TWO CONTINENTS | All about water, the oceans, environmental issues | Scoop.it
Iceland’s Atlantic rift divides America from Europe and offers the unique experience of diving between two continents in near perfect visibility
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Boy, 8, Recovering From What Is Believed To Be A Shark Bite

Boy, 8, Recovering From What Is Believed To Be A Shark Bite | All about water, the oceans, environmental issues | Scoop.it
Aadyn Crick says he was just playing in the surf on Monday afternoon around 1 p.m. in Indialantic, Fla. when he felt sudden pressure on his right knee.
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Why Are All These Legos Washing Up on the Beach?

Why Are All These Legos Washing Up on the Beach? | All about water, the oceans, environmental issues | Scoop.it
A rogue wave and a lot of plastic octopi shed light on the workings of ocean currents.
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SA Scuba Shack's curator insight, July 23, 6:52 AM

Glad they are at least washing ashore and people are looking to pick them up, instead of becoming a permanent fixture of the sea.

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Alert Diver | Treating DCS in the Miskito Coast

The lobster boats that supply the seafood industry in the United States rely on the work of Miskito Indians, natives of the Caribbean coasts of Honduras and Nicaragua. The profiles of these divers are superhuman: Each one routinely dives to 90-130 feet as many as 12-16 times a day to catch lobster. Often they are on the surface for only minutes between dives, and they rarely if ever conduct decompression stops. The boat owners provide only rudimentary equipment: a cylinder, a regulator, a mask and fins. A length of rope serves in place of a BCD. There are no depth gauges or wetsuits, and dive computers are unheard-of luxuries. As a consequence of the risks they take, the incidence of DCS among the Miskito Indian divers is unprecedented. 

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Another Example of Stupidity – Do You Know This Man? | The Scuba News

Another Example of Stupidity – Do You Know This Man? | The Scuba News | All about water, the oceans, environmental issues | Scoop.it
As you know from some of my recent posts on The Scuba News, I have a major issue with people who touch, man-handle or stress the marine life while diving.
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Un-cool catch: Protected sandbar sharks are off-limits to Rodeo anglers

Un-cool catch: Protected sandbar sharks are off-limits to Rodeo anglers | All about water, the oceans, environmental issues | Scoop.it
Sandbar sharks resemble the legal bull shark species but can be distinguished by an elevated ridge between the dorsal fins of the protected sandbar species.
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Diving Florida's Caves - YouTube

A narrated look at Florida cave diving. Shot and narrated by Pete Bucknell http://www.PeterBucknell.com Two cameras were used: a Panasonic GH2, and the GoPro...
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Can Drones Fight Illegal “Pirate” Fishing?

Can Drones Fight Illegal “Pirate” Fishing? | All about water, the oceans, environmental issues | Scoop.it
Aquamarine waters and an abundance of marine life make Glover Reef off the coast of Belize a popular diving spot. But soon the azure sky above this barrier reef may be filled with the buzzing of drones, sent to combat the illegal fishing that plagues the region. An estimated 20 percent of all fish hauled…
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SA Scuba Shack's curator insight, July 24, 6:13 AM

Drones may not completely stop illegal fishing, but hopefully it does help discourage and reduce the problem.

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173-Year-Old Whaling Ship Returns to Save Whales

173-Year-Old Whaling Ship Returns to Save Whales | All about water, the oceans, environmental issues | Scoop.it
The world's last remaining wooden whaling ship has sailed again. Built in 1841, retired 80 years later, and kept on display since then, the Charles W. Morgan set sail in July in the waters off Cape Cod. Once it roamed the seas to harvest whales. After more than five years of restoration, the majestic sailing ship is now used as a tool at Mystic Seaport to educate the public about preserving and protecting whales. To read more about the Charles W. Morgan, click here.
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SA Scuba Shack's curator insight, July 25, 6:22 AM

It's awesome to see stories like this.  What was once used to kill whales is now used to protect them.

 

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Photos: A Look at Some of the Ocean’s Most Beautiful Tentacles

Photos: A Look at Some of the Ocean’s Most Beautiful Tentacles | All about water, the oceans, environmental issues | Scoop.it
If you’ve spent some time at the coast this summer, the chances are you’ve had a close encounter with a jellyfish, as these invertebrates have earned quite the reputation in the media for “invading” c
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Alert Diver | Ascent Rates

Slow is the way to go
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Blue Whales Roam Dangerously Close to Shipping Lanes

Blue Whales Roam Dangerously Close to Shipping Lanes | All about water, the oceans, environmental issues | Scoop.it
The feeding grounds of blue whales along the U.S. West Coast overlap dangerously with shipping lanes, placing the behemoths in danger of collisions with ships. This finding could help prevent human threats to these endangered titans, scientists added.
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Divers Alert Network, Cutaneous DCS with Transient Neurological Symptoms after a Hot Shower

After a hot shower, a diver experiences blotchy rash and welts along with blurred vision and some dizziness.
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Great white shark near St. Andrews captured in vivid video

Great white shark near St. Andrews captured in vivid video | All about water, the oceans, environmental issues | Scoop.it
Whale watchers departing the charming harbour of St. Andrews, N.B., were shocked and thrilled to encounter a great white shark, and it was all captured in photos and video.
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Great Barrier Reef will be 'pretty ugly' within 40 years, warn experts

Great Barrier Reef will be 'pretty ugly' within 40 years, warn experts | All about water, the oceans, environmental issues | Scoop.it
The Great Barrier Reef, located off the coast of Queensland, is in the worst state it's been in since records began, Australian scientists say.
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Tackling Illegal Fishing in Italy: Behind the Scenes

Tackling Illegal Fishing in Italy: Behind the Scenes | All about water, the oceans, environmental issues | Scoop.it
Earlier this month, Oceana in Europe and Corriere della Sera, an Italian newspaper, embarked on a behind-the-scenes mission to uncover illegal fishing in the Port of Bagnara in southwest Italy. During
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Sixth grader's lionfish discovery blows ecologists out of the water

Sixth grader's lionfish discovery blows ecologists out of the water | All about water, the oceans, environmental issues | Scoop.it
Among ocean conservationists, invasive lionfish are known as a severe threat to marine environments, but a 12-year-old discovered that the pervasive fish can harm freshwater ecosystems as well.
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SA Scuba Shack's curator insight, July 23, 6:55 AM

We always find it thrilling when a young mind makes a discovery that others had not considered.

 

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Underwater vehicle to measure Antarctic Sea ice

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Underwater vehicle to measure Antarctic Sea ice
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Simply Scuba Blog » Where Should I Mount My Dive Knife?

Simply Scuba Blog » Where Should I Mount My Dive Knife? | All about water, the oceans, environmental issues | Scoop.it
Lost for choice on which dive knife to buy or where to mount it? This blog goes through the pro's and con's of different types of knives from an instructors
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EASY DIVING | STAY CALM

EASY DIVING | STAY CALM | All about water, the oceans, environmental issues | Scoop.it
Great tips on how dive safely
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Seventy sharks found dead on the Gower were 'probably' thrown off a fishing boat

Seventy sharks found dead on the Gower were 'probably' thrown off a fishing boat | All about water, the oceans, environmental issues | Scoop.it
The Shark Trust is demanding limits be set on fished numbers to avoid a population crash
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Gordon McGlone's curator insight, July 21, 9:14 AM

Criminal, cynical and senseless - by catch is an affront to anyone who respects nature and believes that we are working towards sustainable  marine harvests.  Those who catch and dump do not deserve any respect.

SA Scuba Shack's curator insight, July 22, 6:21 AM

How tragic that others see some of these sharks as pests and discard them as trash.