Marine Conservation

Marine conservation articles and updates from around the world, including national marine parks, protected areas and marine life like sharks and manta rays.

You can help to protect our oceans and the future of life on our blue planet.
By Robert Bailey

Best Ways to Protect the Ocean

Top Ten Ways to Protect the Ocean
Robert Bailey
You can help to protect our oceans and the future of life on our blue planet.

Our Planet’s name is deceptive; we call it Earth. In fact, 70% of it is covered by water.  The ocean is vital to life. The water we drink, the air we breath, the entire ecosystem relies on it. For eons we’ve been taking marine life away from the oceans, and polluting it.  Today we run the risk of making the planet uninhabitable for ourselves, and all the creatures we share it with. 

 

ABOUT THE AUTHOR

Robert has worked professionally on commercial television sets doing production photography, shot modern dance for the art department at the University of Calgary, and has worked in a freelance capacity shooting a variety of subjects. Rob worked as a NAUI scuba instructor, and then instructor trainer for the University of Calgary from 1993-1999. He is still an avid diver, and never dives without a camera. 


He moved to Europe in the late 1990s and now resides in the UK. 

 

Robert has enjoyed success in both national and international underwater photography competitions over the years. As a result his images have been published in national magazines, books, scientific publications, and newspapers in the UK. He’s an active committee member for the British Society of Underwater Photographers (BSoUP), and the website administrator for the Bristol Underwater Photography Group (BUPG). He’s written several articles for national dive magazines, and often gives presentations on his own underwater photography and photographic technique for photographic clubs in the UK. 

 

Robert worked as a technical specialist, and then technical account manager in the IT industry for many years, and now works part time as a photographer, and full time as editor for the Underwater Photography Guide. 

 

You can see more of Robert's work at www.robertbaileyphotography.com

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When it comes to the marine plastic pollution crisis, all hope is not lost! There are things you can do now...
By Nirupam Nigam

Plastic Pollution: What You Can Do to Save Our Oceans

Nirupam Nigam
When it comes to the marine plastic pollution crisis, all hope is not lost! There are things you can do now...

Plastic pollution enters the Caribbean Sea on the shores of Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic - only a few miles to the nearest dive destination. Beaches are the interface between pollution and our natural wonders we hold so dear.

 

ABOUT THE AUTHOR

Nirupam Nigam is a dedicated underwater photographer and fisheries scientist. While growing up in Los Angeles he fell in love with the ocean and pursued underwater photography in the local Channel Islands. He received degrees in Aquatic and Fisheries Science and General Biology, as well as a minor in Arctic Studies, at the University of Washington. Now he works as a fisheries observer on boats in the Bering Sea and North Pacific. When he is not at sea, he is traveling with his fiancee and taking photos. Check out more of his photography at www.photosfromthesea.com!

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20 years of Reef Check data finds that corals now can withstand higher temperatures before bleaching than they could a decade ago.
By Reef Check

Coral Reefs Now More Resistant to Ocean Warming than a Decade Ago

Reef Check
20 years of Reef Check data finds that corals now can withstand higher temperatures before bleaching than they could a decade ago.

Reef Check Diver collects data on coral bleaching and other ecosystem health indicators along a transect.

 

Climate change and ocean warming threaten coral reefs globally with more frequent and deadly coral bleaching events. But a new study, using 20 years of Reef Check data, finds that corals now can withstand higher temperatures before bleaching than they could a decade ago.

ABOUT THE AUTHOR

Reef Check is a global non-profit organization working to protect tropical coral reefs and California rocky reefs through education, conservation, and research. Reef Check trains volunteer divers to become citizen scientists to survey the status and health of tropical coral reefs, California rocky reefs, and Mediterranean habitats. With more than 10,000 surveys in more than 75 countries, Reef Check teams provide the data that helps us understand our reefs and manage and care for our ocean. Learn more at www.reefcheck.org. Contact: Dania Trespalacios, dtrespalacios@reefcheck.org, +1 305 793 8154

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An inside look at the shark research taking place at one of the world's shark diving hotspots.
By UWPG News

Behind the Scenes at Bimini Sharklab

UWPG News
An inside look at the shark research taking place at one of the world's shark diving hotspots.

Bimini Island (Bahamas) is home to the Bimini Biological Field Station Foundation. Known as the Sharklab, the BBFS team conducts ongoing studies of sharks to further our knowledge of and ability to protect these magnificent fish.

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An inside look at the Galapagos Islands conservation message videographer Dustin Adamson put behind his recent film Darwin's Dream
By Brent Durand

Environmental Message Behind Darwin's Dream Film

Brent Durand
An inside look at the Galapagos Islands conservation message videographer Dustin Adamson put behind his recent film Darwin's Dream

Every day we're bombarded with underwater photos and videos, but it takes something a little different, something a little special, to really stand out from the crowd.

Ocean Shutter's recent film, Darwin's Dream, really stood out to us. Yes, it is a fantastic film and it has won some prestigious awards and selections, but it also contains a very strong marine conservation message. We decided to reach out to creator Dustin Adamson for more insight into this message, which we share below.

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The story and photos behind the birth of the new Sisters' Islands Marine Park
By Victor Tang

Singapore’s First Marine Park

Victor Tang
The story and photos behind the birth of the new Sisters' Islands Marine Park

Singapore, a tiny city-state in the heart of Southeast Asia, evokes images of streets that are clean and safe, Formula 1 racing under the stars and unforgettable eclectic cuisine. Singapore is home to the second busiest port in the world, which is now just a footnote in its curriculum vitae as this small island continues to glitz itself up. Singapore’s southern ocean, long the perennial lifeblood of the nation, is about to have its day in the sun again, for an audacious project is taking place just five kilometers from the mainland: setting up a Marine Park right within the port limits.

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Want to know how you can make a difference? There is finally a way
By Scott Gietler

It is time to save some sharks

Scott Gietler
Want to know how you can make a difference? There is finally a way

 

Sharkboat.org prepares for direct action against shark finners


Fundraising campaign will support stopping shark finners in Costa Rican waters

They need your help

By Scott Gietler 

 

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Rene explains why she may have been attacked underwater by another diver
By Scott Gietler

Interview with Rene Umberger - Scuba Diver who was attacked underwater

Scott Gietler
Rene explains why she may have been attacked underwater by another diver

 

Scuba Diver Attacked:
Interview with Rene Umberger

By Scott Gietler,  May 19th, 2014

 

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Easy Ways You Can Help Protect the Oceans, the Planet and its Creatures Without Breaking A Sweat
By Jonathan Lavan

Get Involved: Protecting Our Ocean

Jonathan Lavan
Easy Ways You Can Help Protect the Oceans, the Planet and its Creatures Without Breaking A Sweat

 

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A brief history of Sipadan Island, the diving permit situation and upcoming underwater camera ban
By Travis Ball

Sipadan History and Upcoming Underwater Camera Ban

Travis Ball
A brief history of Sipadan Island, the diving permit situation and upcoming underwater camera ban

Sipadan History and Upcoming Underwater Camera Ban

Changes for Underwater Photographers Wanting to Dive Sipadan

By Travis Ball

 


Turtle in Sipadan, photo by Nikki Pieper

 

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