A young child learns to appreciate the ocean and enjoy its beauty and fascination. Photo: Claire Fackler/NOAA Knowing how to interact with ocean wildlife can help you make the right decisions when you encounter wildlife. Without paying attention to how you interact in the marine environment, you are running the chance of putting endangered species, federally protected species and thousands of other species' lives at risk. Each time someone visits the marine environment, they have the wonderful opportunity to encounter wildlife. However, the unfortunate potential to harm our marine life and resources exists with every visit. Because we love our marine resources and want you to appreciate them, the National Marine Sanctuary System sees every visitor as a potential steward of our sanctuary resources. The Ocean Etiquette program calls on each of you to take on that responsibility. We have listed below a set of general marine wildlife viewing guidelines....
Scuba divers may be more aware of the threats facing sharks — but we also feel helpless about what we can do. It’s a sobering statistic: Up to 25 percent of the world’s sharks and rays are threatened with extinction, according to the IUCN Shark Specialist Group (SSG). Using the IUCN Red List of Threatened Species criteria, the SSG says that of the 1,041 species assessed, 107 rays and 74 sharks are classified as threatened. Because they grow slowly and produce few young, both sharks and rays are susceptible to overexploitation — including overfishing from targeted fishing, bycatch and finning. Thanks largely to compelling arguments from the diving community, we’re making progress to ensure that these animals receive the conservation attention they desperately need. While our work in recent years represents terrific progress, the IUCN study reminds us that these threatened species, and closely related ones — such as guitarfish,...
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As some of you might know, since more than 10 years I contribute my skills, knowledge and experience to several Non Profit projects aimed at bettering our Oceans and the professionals roaming them.
1. DIVE PROFESSIONALS - THEDIVEPROFESSIONAL: 2007 - Present
This project is aimed at uniting professional divers worldwide. A network of 30,000 + professionals and growing daily.
More information: www.dive-professionals.org
2. GOBLU3 - THE OC3AN CLUB - OASF: Aimed at recreating a lost bond with the Oceans for the wider consumer. Where education, exploration and conservation go hand in hand. www.oceanroamers.biz
Most investments and supporting work are done by myself, including the financing and maintaining of the websites supporting these projects.
But here's the springing point, I need your help in continuing my work.
As we go off the drawing table and live with some projects. Requiring special tools and now also again major updates to our websites...requires $
So thanks for reading my message and contemplating supporting my work by donating to my PayPal account for the benefit of the Oceans and Professional Divers worldwide.
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#Plastic is one of the most enduring materials we make; it takes an estimated 500 to 1,000 years for it to #degrade, but 50 percent of the plastic we produce is used once and then thrown away. Eight million tons of plastic ends up in the #ocean every year. #oceandebris #plasticpollution #sustainability #goblu3
Facts like this are plentiful, but you get the idea. So, a call to arms. Here are some very easy things to give up in order to curb your contribution to the problem.