As a marine professional since the late 80's I have been privileged to work in remote locations with amazing aquatic flora and fauna... but lately my heart weeps every time I go into the water. Diving in remote locations of the Red Sea or now more recently in the Caribbean where it all started for me, I discover underwater deserts where there once was thriving eco systems. Each time I do my best to understand the reasons behind it, and why o why conservation efforts fail. And regardless of where I am the reasons are always the same, NGO's charged with protection have turned into the business of protection, and a political tip toe. Politicians keep up the appearances but bow to the quick and easy fix which will further their careers and fill their pockets... From Egypt to Curacao with no exceptions. Tourism locations who are actually depending and...
I was just informed by my colleague Solveigh that my dear friend and ex-colleague Capt. Shazly Mahmoud has passed last week. There's legends and then there's legendary in The Red Sea. Captain Shazly was such a figure. A powerfully built, and top fishermen of El Qseir (Red Sea - Egypt) in his mid 40's (if memory serves me) when I met him down in Qse...
A Red Sea diving liveaboard had to be evacuated on Saturday, 13 May after what appeared to be a galley fire broke out. According to one of the 23 guests, who were left with few possessions between them, there had been no safety briefings before or after the vessel’s departure from Hurghada. The boat Overseas (formerly Dive City) and its eight crew had been chartered for a northern Red Sea reefs and wrecks itinerary from a company called Port Ghalib Divers of Marsa Alam, according to Ben Low, one of the British guests aboard the vessel. The group of 23 included French, Indian, Russian and Turkish divers, and they had hired their own Egyptian dive-guide. After a delayed departure the boat set off on a 90-minute journey to the first dive-site. “About 45 minutes out we saw light white smoke coming from the galley towards the bow, and smelt burning...
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