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The UN has declared war on ocean plastic pollution

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The Clean Seas campaign was launched last week, aimed at eliminating major sources of marine plastic and changing shopping habits.

The United Nations has declared war on plastic. In an unexpected announcement that emerged from the Economist World Ocean Summit in Bali last week, the UN officially launched its ‘Clean Seas’ campaign. The goal is to eliminate major sources of pollution, including microplastics in cosmetics and single-use disposable plastics, by pressuring governments and individuals to rethink the way goods are packaged and their own shopping habits. By Katherine Martinko. Read more.

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Conservationist Chloe Harvey is back with part two of this fantastic three-part series documenting Ginette Bariteau’s incredible journey to improve the way her business deals with the environment

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“The assessment process highlighted areas where Ginette and her team are really stepping above and beyond the norm in terms of managing their risk to the local environment.”

Ginette Bariteau owns Scuba 6 Eco in Panama and first stumbled across Green Fins in May this year. Since then she has downloaded the Green Fins Dive and Snorkel Centre Handbook and has been working systematically to implement the environmental code of best practice within her operations ever since.

Changing our way of life towards one focused more on sustainable living can feel a little overwhelming, how on earth do we know where to start? Using a unique assessment system based on risk to marine biodiversity, the Green Fins approach helps dive businesses to identify high risk practices. They can then prioritise action and use the comprehensive Green Fins guidance material to identify realistic and low-cost alternatives. With the support of The Reef-World Foundation, international coordinators of Green Fins, Ginette assessed the performance of her current environmental practices and identified three clear priority actions to focus on addressing in the short term.

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Diving into Conservation

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Photo: Reef World Foundation/Green Fins

Photo: Reef World Foundation/Green Fins

I was that kid who spent most of his life underwater. I would spend hours swimming around the bottom of the pool, trying to see without the use of a mask, and testing the boundaries of a new world. Whether peering at it through chlorine-filled red eyes, or between winces trying to ignore another ear infection, I have always been fascinated with the underwater environment. I couldn’t wait to learn to dive and I decided at a young age that I would make it my life’s ambition to work with our seas and oceans. That kid is now a professional SCUBA diver and marine biologist working in international conservation focussing largely upon sustainable diving and marine tourism. By JJ Harvey. Read more.

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To commemorate World Oceans Day this past Monday June 8, we bring you ways to help you make sustainable seafood decisions.

In cultures around the world, seafood is a large part of a person’s diet, and is a delicacy enjoyed by many. Sustainable seafood means the food from our waters is caught or farmed responsibly, thereby ensuring the long-term health of our marine ecosystems as well as the livelihood of those who depend on seafood. By making educated decisions when eating seafood, we can help put an end to overfishing, and still enjoy delicious fish and shellfish for years to come.

Here are some guides to help you make educated menu decisions:
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The Sustainable Tourism CRC, in partnership with Brisbane City Council and Redland Shire Council, was requested to develop a framework for the sustainable management of tourism and recreation in Moreton Bay. Before developing any strategy for sustainable tourism in Moreton Bay it was essential to understand the extent of tourism, as well as recreation activity, in the area and to conduct a preliminary analysis of how that visitation may impact on the surrounding natural and social environment.

by Michelle Whitmore and Terry De Lacy

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Sustainable Development and Management of Tourism in Moreton Bay

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Sea turtles have lived in the world’s oceans for over 150 million years. Sadly, these ancient reptiles are now globally threatened with extinction. Many populations are declining as a result of persistent hunting, increasing coastal development, incidental capture in fisheries, the degradation and destruction of nesting beaches, and marine pollution.     These simple guidelines by The Coral Reef Alliance are designed to help marine and reef operators protect these beautiful creatures.

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Good Environmental Practices: Turtle Watching

 

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Originally founded in 1994 to galvanize the dive community for conservation, CORAL has grown from a small, grassroots alliance into the only international nonprofit organization that works exclusively to unite communities to protect our planet’s coral reefs.     In this easy-to-follow guide, CORAL provides valuable do’s and don’ts for marine operators and their guests when snorkelling.

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Good Environmental Practices: Snorkeling

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This report provides an analysis of potential practical applications of current and upcoming IT-based (digital) monitoring and surveillance systems and technology in other industry sectors for use in Australian terrestrial and marine protected areas. The knowledge generated will provide a basis for the potential future development of reliable and cost-effective methods for monitoring visitor movements and activities, and compliance with park regulations (including user pay systems).

by Jan Warnken and Michael Blumenstein

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Monitoring Visitor Use in Australian Terrestrial and Marine Protected Areas

 

 

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Originally founded in 1994 to galvanize the dive community for conservation, CORAL has grown from a small, grassroots alliance into the only international nonprofit organization that works exclusively to unite communities to protect our planet’s coral reefs. In this easy-to-follow guide, CORAL provides valuable do’s and don’ts when dolphin and whale watching.

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Good Environmental Practices: Whale & Dolphin Watching

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Underwater cleanups are a great way to help protect the marine environment. However, there are some special considerations when cleaning up under water, especially in fragile coral reef environments.  To make this easier for reef operators, the Coral Reef Alliance (CORAL) has put together these simple guidelines.

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Good Environmental Practices: Underwater Clean-up

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