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Safety, precision searching keys in underwater diver towing

Safety, precision searching keys in underwater diver towing | All about water, the oceans, environmental issues | Scoop.it
An Underwater Diver Tow System developed by Paul Darnbrough is designed to help divers more efficiently explore debris fields from shipwrecks o
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Baby lobsters in hot water as ocean temperatures rise

Baby lobsters in hot water as ocean temperatures rise | All about water, the oceans, environmental issues | Scoop.it
A new study by scientists in Maine found that if global warming trends continue, lobsters will struggle to survive by the year 2100
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How its made:::Scuba Tanks/Cylinders

How its made:::Scuba Tanks/Cylinders | All about water, the oceans, environmental issues | Scoop.it
A diving cylinder, scuba tank or diving tank is a gas cylinder used to store and transport the high pressure breathing gas required by a scuba set. It may also be used for surface-supplied diving or as decompression gas or an emergency gas supply for surface supplied diving or scuba. Cylinders provide gas
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Nations push to protect Antarctica's 'last ocean' - BBC News

Nations push to protect Antarctica's 'last ocean' - BBC News | All about water, the oceans, environmental issues | Scoop.it
Campaigners believe a long-standing proposal to establish a vast marine protected area (MPA) in the waters around Antarctica will be accepted this week.
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Please take the pledge not to purchase Under Armour products until they stop endorsing trophy killers and profiting off the blood of the innocent.

Please take the pledge not to purchase Under Armour products until they stop endorsing trophy killers and profiting off the blood of the innocent. | All about water, the oceans, environmental issues | Scoop.it
Recently, I became aware that Under Armour supports and endorses individuals that kill animals for trophy through a social media site #uahunt. This site is where all trophy killers go to brag, post pictures of their latest victims, congratulate one another and share in the glory. As I scrolle
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Two thirds of the world’s vertebrate wildlife could be gone by 2020, report warns

Two thirds of the world’s vertebrate wildlife could be gone by 2020, report warns | All about water, the oceans, environmental issues | Scoop.it
Much of the problem has to do with a fast-growing human population.
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This Texas Bar Serves a Shot With a Live Fish

This Texas Bar Serves a Shot With a Live Fish | All about water, the oceans, environmental issues | Scoop.it
The bar is called Zocalo, the shot is called “The Last Swim,” and the whole thing is called animal cruelty.
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Major Victory for Protection of the Ross Sea Hope Spot

Major Victory for Protection of the Ross Sea Hope Spot | All about water, the oceans, environmental issues | Scoop.it
Mission Blue and her partners have been advocating for the protection of the Ross Sea Hope Spot for years. And now that Russia has finally jumped on board, what was once just hope is now a reality: plans are set for the creation of a huge new marine protected area in the region! Located deep in the Southern Ocean, the Ross Sea is one of the most pristine marine ecosystems on the planet offering scientists the chance to study marine processes yet to be affected by human interference, pollution or exploitation. Due it its remarkable biodiversity, the Ross Sea is full of unique wildlife like penguins and blue whales, including numerous species found nowhere else in the world. HUGE thanks go to the Antarctic Ocean Alliance, Ocean Unite, The PEW Charitable Trusts, Greenpeace, Lifeline Antarctica and the many other passionate and persistent voices for the Ross Sea -- including YOURS!Antarctic Ocean Alliance Press Release Friday 28 October, Hobart, Australia: The Antarctic Ocean Alliance applauds the momentous agreement by Members of the Commission for the Conservation of Antarctic Marine Living Resources (CCAMLR) to safeguard 1.55 million km2 of the Ross Sea in the Southern Ocean.“CCAMLR made history today by declaring the world’s largest marine protected area in the Ross Sea, protecting penguins, seals, whales and countless other creatures,” said Andrea Kavanagh, who directs The Pew Charitable Trusts Antarctic and Southern O cean work. “This decision shows that CCAMLR takes its role as protector of Antarctic waters seriously.”Mike Walker, Project Director of the Antarctic Ocean Alliance, said the deal was an important milestone for ocean conservation, but urged countries to go further.“For the first time, countries have put aside their differences to protect a large area of the Southern Ocean and international waters,” Walker said. “The limited 35-y ear restriction for protection of the Ross Sea contradicts the scientific advice that marine protection should be long-term. Nevertheless, we are confident that the significant benefits of protecting the Southern Ocean will soon be clear and the international community will act to safeguard this special place long into the future.”The Ross Sea is one of the last intact marine ecosystems in the world, home to penguins, Weddell seals, Antarctic toothfish, and a unique type of killer whale. The region is critical for scientific research, for studying how marine ecosystems function and understanding the impacts of climate change on the ocean. Millions of people around the world have joined the global call for large-scale marine protection in Antarctica.This is a victory for the whales, toothfish, and penguins that live in the Ross Sea, as well as for the millions of people who supported this effort, said John Hocevar, a marine biologist with Greenpeace. “We urge the international community to take notice and designate additional, permanent protections in other areas of the Antarctic Ocean and around the world.”“This would not have been possible without Russia joining with other countries to achieve today’s historic decision to protect the Ross Sea. The governments of the United States and New Zealand should also be commended for their tireless work these past six years,” added Kavanagh.Two additional proposals for marine protected areas in East Antarctic waters and the Weddell Sea are still being discussed. The Antarctic Ocean Alliance is advocating to ensure that these proposals are based on the best available science.“Although there was not a decision on the proposed protection of the Weddell Sea and the East Antarctic this year, we are confident that these areas will be protected in the coming years, adding to the system of marine protected areas in the Southern Ocean,” said Walker.Today’s decision follows years of hard work by governments and the member groups of the Antarctic Ocean Alliance . Working in coalition, these groups and individuals are campaigning to create a large system of marine protected areas in the Southern Ocean. The Alliance has proposed areas covering approximately 40 percent of the Southern Ocean for lasting protection.Nominate a Hope Spot!By allowing citizens to elect their own Hope Spots, Mission Blue and IUCN are igniting broad public support for a global network of marine protected areas large enough to protect and restore the ocean’s health.Hope Spot nominations are open! Click here to nominate a Hope Spot.  
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Diving instructor dedicated to helping disabled enjoy scuba

Diving instructor dedicated to helping disabled enjoy scuba | All about water, the oceans, environmental issues | Scoop.it
Marc Palay upgraded himself to become a diving instructor but he didn’t stop there. He saw people with handicaps and wanted to bring the joy of divin
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Food security is important for humans and other animals

Food security is important for humans and other animals | All about water, the oceans, environmental issues | Scoop.it
As leaves change colour and drop from trees, and a chill in the air signals the approach of winter, many of us are thinking of the fall harvest an
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War-time wrecks off Bell Island shore a fascinating dive

War-time wrecks off Bell Island shore a fascinating dive | All about water, the oceans, environmental issues | Scoop.it
“Ladies and gentlemen we are going to need to circle for a few minutes until we can get clearance to land.” For many, this announcement would b
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Here is the first article in The Scuba News Canada series on ::::: A shipwreck from every province and north to be featured in our new "Shipwreck Series" This week our article is from Newfoundland, and the Bell Island wrecks. "War-time wrecks off Bell Island shore a fascinating dive" Thank you, Matt Lerpiniere, a contributing editor, for The Scuba News Canada.
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Thousands of Chinese ships trawl the world, so how can we stop overfishing?

Thousands of Chinese ships trawl the world, so how can we stop overfishing? | All about water, the oceans, environmental issues | Scoop.it
The UN has pledged to ensure healthy, productive oceans – but how can this be achieved when demand for fish has never been higher
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Sail Away from Plastic Seas – with Science

Sail Away from Plastic Seas – with Science | All about water, the oceans, environmental issues | Scoop.it
As a kid, I hated science – few things bored me more. So, it may seem surprising that I am now, at age 30, a professional scientist – a marine biologist, actually. I earned a Ph.D. in 2015 and have spent the past decade investigating how marine ecosystems function so that we can better protect them and all that they offer humankind.
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Climate change is dulling the survival instincts of fish

Climate change is dulling the survival instincts of fish | All about water, the oceans, environmental issues | Scoop.it

The sensory systems of fish are short-circuiting, and a new study blames climate change.

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The Ethyl B Sumner: On Wreck and Mystery

The Ethyl B Sumner: On Wreck and Mystery | All about water, the oceans, environmental issues | Scoop.it
In the dark of midnight, November 12, 1912, Ethyl B Sumner struck a ledge near Waterside, New Brunswick, and broke apart. According to a commentary writte
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Are Shark Feeding Dives Acceptable?

Are Shark Feeding Dives Acceptable? | All about water, the oceans, environmental issues | Scoop.it
An Interview with Dr. David Delaney

An Expert's Opinion on the Controversial Practice of Shark Baiting:

Dr. David Delaney has dedicated his career to the study and conservation of sharks. I was interested to learn what he thinks about the practice of baited shark dives. Shark feeding
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6 Sea Creatures Impacted by Marine Debris

6 Sea Creatures Impacted by Marine Debris | All about water, the oceans, environmental issues | Scoop.it
Some of the common victims of marine debris include turtles, coral, dolphins, sharks, seabirds, and whales. Learn about the impacts of marine debris.
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Halifax Mermaids

Halifax Mermaids | All about water, the oceans, environmental issues | Scoop.it
Halifax Mermaids is a division of parent company Canadian Mermaids. The Halifax Mermaids provide educational entertainment for people of all ages
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Fantastic DEMA Show Specials from Pro Dive International

Fantastic DEMA Show Specials from Pro Dive International | All about water, the oceans, environmental issues | Scoop.it
Reprinted with permission from The Scuba News
DEMA 2016 in Las Vegas is calling! Meet our CEO & founder Markus Fleischmann, Senior Project Manager Stan Jakubek and Reservation Specialist Patricia Puschmann at booth #3131.
Show Specials Include:
1. Free Dives
Buy 5x 2-tanks to get 1x 2-tank for FREE in Cozumel*

Buy 5 single tanks to get 2 single tanks for FREE at
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A shark embryo has been found with two heads

A shark embryo has been found with two heads | All about water, the oceans, environmental issues | Scoop.it
An egg-laying shark joins the rare creatures in nature that have been found with two heads
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Fall Boating – It Takes A Little Bit More Care

Fall Boating – It Takes A Little Bit More Care | All about water, the oceans, environmental issues | Scoop.it
Boating in the fall offers colourful vistas, quiet anchorages and excellent fishing but it is not without its challenges that necessitate self-sufficienc
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Brazil: “Wave after wave” of loggers invade uncontacted tribe’s rainforest

Brazil:  “Wave after wave” of loggers invade uncontacted tribe’s rainforest | All about water, the oceans, environmental issues | Scoop.it
Kawahiva land invaded by loggers – as protection agents face budget cuts
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