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New IUCN report on deep-sea mining

The new deep-sea mining regulations which are under development at the International Seabed Authority (ISA) are not enough to prevent damage to marine ecosystems and the loss of unique species, warns a report by the World Conservation Agency IUCN.

Scubapro - on to new shores!

From 16th to 23rd of July, SCUBAPRO is relocating from the company facilities in Wendelstein to a new premises in the Port of Nuremberg.

Exterminate rats to strengthen coral reefs

Rat control should be seen as an urgent priority on many remote tropical islands to protect endangered coral reefs, according to an international team of scientists. New research has confirmed that invasive rats are decimating seabird populations, with hitherto unrecognized consequences for the extensive coral reefs that surround and protect these islands.

Icelandic whalers kill blue whale

The Whale and Dolphin Conservation Organization (WDC) is alarmed by photographs documenting the cut up of a blue whale. In the Red List of Endangered Species, the Blue Whale is listed as critically endangered. On Sunday, July 8th, 2018, the Icelandic whaling company Hvalur hf debarked the 22nd catch of the season at the whaling station in Hvalfjörður – a Blue Whale as it seems.

Heatwaves can change coastal ecosystems

Model calculations predict an increase in extreme events such as heat waves as a result of climate change. With a long-term experiment in the Kiel Outdoor Benthocosm (KOB) experimental facility, scientists from the GEOMAR Helmholtz Center for Ocean Research Kiel have found clear indications that even events of a few days or weeks in length can change coastal ecosystems in the long run.

ISE ECO-Diver

The diving association ISE, founded as a training agency for technical and exploration divers, extended its activities a few years ago to the training of recreational divers. With the expansion of the target group, the environmental focus quickly became part of the training program and the ISE ECO-Diver was born as a new specialty program.

Extra Divers Kenya, Watamu with new premises

The newest member of Extra Divers has moved into a brand new building last week. Now there is extra space for (rental) equipment and modern classrooms for the theory classes. The centre is located in the 4-star Hotel Temple Point Resort Watamu, just a few steps away from the Jetty, in the middle of the Watamu Marine National Park. Beginners and advanced divers can look forward to fantastic dives starting at the shores of the Indian Ocean around Watamu.

Current figures on sea level rise

Ice losses in the Antarctic have been causing a sea-level rise since 1992, accelerating in the last five years. 84 scientists from 44 international organizations - including the Alfred Wegener Institute – report now in the journal Nature. They combined data from 13 satellite missions for a large climate assessment as part of the Ice Sheet Mass Balance Inter-Balance Exercise (IMBIE).