The term “marine protected area”, or MPA, is bandied about quite a lot. It’s a very broad definition, though, often used to refer to anything from a place that is simply not supposed to be fished but where little effective enforcement takes place, to a well patrolled area that is completely restricted to anything but [...]
As divers, we obviously care about the marine environment. So what’s stopping us from being at the forefront of change to protect it? Is it really because there is “nothing” we can do? Or is our apathy a result of the way the issues are presented and the solutions are designed? We went to ask [...]
275 MILLION TONS A YEAR A recent study by a group at the National Center for Ecological Analysis and Synthesis at the University of California, Santa Barbara, found that 20 of the world’s nearly 200 countries with coastlines account for 83 percent of the total volume of plastic that washes into the sea – an [...]
Balaenoptera musculus is the largest animal that ever lived and makes even the largest dinosaur look small. Steve De Neef takes you behind the majesty of this great creature. (Text by Steve De Neef. Images by Franco Banfi) One of the most unique populations of blue whales in the world today happens to live in [...]
According to a report by the World Economic Forum, if we keep producing plastics at current rates without stopping plastic pollution in our oceans, there will be more plastic than fish in the world's oceans by 2050. Here are some of the sobering facts about plastics in our oceans: Microplastics were discovered in human stool [...]
A HUGE QUANTITY OF PLASTIC IS ENTERING THE OCEANS It is estimated that 8 million US tons of plastic end up in the ocean each year. That’s the equivalent of 16 shopping bags full of plastic for every metre of coastline According to Ocean Conservancy’s International Coastal Cleanup 2018 report, the top 10 items found [...]