In June 2019, Najada diving was involved in a marine biology project to study the damage to Zostera (seagrass) in busy bays. The project, which took place in October was the logical continuation, namely, how such damage can be repaired. Before the boats headed in direction of the National Park Kornati, the teams of Selc, Biosurey and Sunce met in the dive center and the planned approach was discussed in detail.
Against the capture of tens of thousands of endangered sharks in the North Atlantic, environmentalists protested from Greenpeace on the action ship "Esperanza" west of Portugal. "Sharks Under Attack" is on the banner used by activists to confront a Spanish fish trawler. Every year, up to 25,000 endangered mako sharks fall victim to the Atlantic swordfish fishery, according to a new Greenpeace report. The ICCAT fisheries authority acknowledges the threat to the stock but does nothing to protect the animals.
Celebes Divers, a North Sulawesi dive and holiday resort operator, has been the first climate-neutral tourism company in North Sulawesi since the end of September. The renowned climate protection company ClimatePartner officially confirmed that Celebes Divers is now CO2-neutral. Celebes Divers with its three resorts in North Sulawesi has been dealing with the topic of environmental protection for years.
Greenpeace activists aboard the "Arctic Sunrise" found impressive evidence of the effectiveness of marine protected areas on the Vema deep-sea mountain in the Southeast Atlantic. Divers of the environmental organization discovered a paradise of biodiversity on the Seeberg, which rises from 4,600 meters to just below the surface of the water.
The fire drama on board the US dive liveaboard "Conception", about 30 kilometers from the Californian coastal town of Santa Barbara, in which 34 divers fell victim in the early morning hours of September 2 has apparently not, as hoped, given an initial spark in terms of "safety on liveaboard vessels”. Otherwise, one can not explain it, that barely two months later - in the night of November 1st - an anchoring liveaboard went up in flames and an American diver died aboard the "Red Sea Aggressor I". A similar situation in Egypt compared to the one in California.
It was November 1, 2019. It must have been just after 1 am. I jumped into the red sea, wearing underpants and T-shirt. When I got over water again, I saw my friend and diving buddy Helmut standing on the bow as the last man. In pajamas. He hesitated just a moment, looked around again. From the water I saw the rear third of the ship burning brightly. Then he jumped too. A little later, the first 3000 psi diving tanks exploded at the stern...
The International Commission for the Conservation of the Living Resources of the Sea in the Antarctic (CCAMLR) has negotiated the topic: Marine Protected Area (MPA) in the Antarctic Weddell Sea at this year's meeting. Scientists from the Alfred Wegener Institute (AWI) have prepared the proposal submitted in 2016 for the European Union (EU) - we reported (link to: https://taucher.net/diveinside-germany_proposes_protection_for_weddell_sea-kaz6655 ). The plans have failed again in 2019.
The Dutch non-profit The Ocean Cleanup, which is currently making headlines with systems for retrieving plastic waste in the Pacific, has now unveiled a prototype for cleaning plastic-contaminated rivers. Significant amounts of plastic waste floating in the ocean reach it via our rivers - up to 2.4 million tons a year. Ten river systems in the world transport about 90 percent of the world's plastic waste, which flows into the sea every year - eight of which are in Asia.
Methane (CH4) is a powerful greenhouse gas that has both natural and anthropogenic sources. The ocean also plays an important role here. A new study by German and American scientists with the participation of the GEOMAR Helmholtz Center for Ocean Research Kiel, which appeared in the journal Nature Communications, can reduce the uncertainties in global ocean methane emissions by two-thirds.
Almost unnoticed by the "big" news, a spectacle is currently taking place in the North Sea northeast of the Shetland Islands and just 200 kilometres off the Norwegian coast. The Greenpeace ship “Rainbow Warrior” with activists are on site in the harsh North Sea. Since Monday morning they have been demonstrating in the Brent Oilfield, climbing two of the four platforms in the northern North Sea and attaching banners on Brent "Alpha" and Brent "Bravo" with the slogan: "Shell - The sea is not your dump!".