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Indonesia establishes World's Largest Manta Sanctuary

(Dive Travel Business News.com - April 21, 2014) -- Last month, Indonesia’s Minister of Fisheries announced that his country’s territorial waters will become the largest refuge for manta rays in the world, with an area of about 2.3 million square miles. Indonesia’s two species of mantas (reef and giant mantas) which are listed as 'threatened' on the International Union for Conservation of Nature's red list of endangered species now have full protection in the newly established sanctuary.

The Lionfish Kings of East End Grand Cayman

(Dive Travel Business News.com - April 8, 2014) -- Grand Cayman, Cayman Islands  – “Lionfish are beautiful, resilient and strong – a cool fish - but they are deadly to our reefs and if we don’t stop them something bad is going to happen,” says Matt Russell a divemaster/instructor at Ocean Frontiers who has watched the invasion with deep concern for the marine environment.

The Guardian of the Reef to be Welcomed at his Permanent Underwater Home

(Dive Travel Business News.com - March 26, 2014) -- Grand Cayman, Cayman Islands – He has traveled thousands of miles to arrive in Grand Cayman, and on Saturday, April 12 the bronze sculpture Guardian of the Reef will be sunk at his permanent home on a sandy flat at 60f/18m off the island’s Northwest Point.

10 Tips for Divers to Protect the Oceans

(Dive Travel Business News.com -- February 25, 2014) -- This week PADI Project AWARE has launched its new 10 Tips for Divers to Protect the Ocean Planet – a modernized ocean ethic to guide scuba divers to harness the power of scuba every time they dive and travel.

Just like climbers and campers have an ethic or code to live by – so do scuba divers. Project AWARE’s 10 Tips for Divers to Protect the Ocean Planet helps divers of all skill levels make a difference when they dive, travel, and more.

(Dive Travel Business News.com - January 30, 2014) - According to the United Nations’ top climate official, UNFCCC Executive Secretary Christiana Figueres, the discussions on climate change at this year’s World Economic Forum provided the clearest indication yet that 2014 will be the year when the world can and must come together to meet the growing challenge of climate change.

Blue Economy Summit:  "We Must Create a Blue Economy Now"

(Dive Travel Business News.com - January 20, 2014) -- Abu Dhabi - Major changes in how the planet's marine resources are managed and used are needed to safeguard global food security and ensure the wellbeing of coastal and island countries, Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO) Director-General José Graziano da Silva told a group of high level policymakers meeting here today.

Research Shows Efforts to Save Coral Reefs Not a Lost Cause

(Dive Travel Business News - January 13, 2014) -- Science Daily -- In a 13-year study in the Cayman Islands, warm ocean temperatures led to bleaching and infectious disease that reduced live coral cover by more than 40 percent between 1999 and 2004. But seven years later, the amount of live coral on the reefs, the density of young colonies critical to the reefs' future health, and the overall size of corals all had returned to the 1999 state, the study showed.

The Ocean is our Silent Partner: Yet it has no place at the industry table.

(Dive Travel Business News.com - Nov 15, 2013) -- DTBN.com Editorial --  by Laurie J. Wilson

DEMA's Moving Towards 2020: Developing a Strategic Vision for the Recreational Diving Industry brainstorming session was held on the closing Saturday of DEMA Show 2013 in Orlando, Florida.

Renowned Marine Wildlife Artist and Conservationist to be Inducted into the 2013

(Dive Travel Business News.com - November 6, 2013) -- Grand Cayman, Cayman Islands -- Dr. Guy Harvey will join an elite group of scuba diving legends next Tuesday, in Grand Cayman when he is inducted into the sport¹s hall of fame. The honor comes as Dr. Harvey marks his 40th year as a certified diver, much of that time engaged in underwater photography, filming and studying a variety of saltwater wildlife.

(Dive Travel Business News.com - Nov 5, 2013) -- The Guardian of the Reef, a13-foot sculpture of mythological creature destined to be an artificial reef in the Cayman Islands will be on display at the Diving Equipment & Marketing Association's Show (DEMA) in Orlando November 6 – 9, 2013

On his way to the sandy flat that will become his permanent home in the Cayman Islands, the Guardian of the Reef is making an interim stop in Orlando where he will be on display at DEMA booth #1067 near the Cayman Islands section.

"Bluing the Dive Industry": Join a Critical Conversation at DEMA Show 2013

(Dive Travel Business News.com - October 29, 2013) -- Scuba Schools International (SSI) would like to invite DEMA Show participants to a new movement happening in the dive industry called "Bluing the Dive Industry". This idea was an outcome of the Colorado Scuba Retailers Association (CSRA) coming together with the Colorado Ocean Coalition (COCO) to bring scuba and environmental awareness to our landlocked state of adventurers.

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Compass Point Dive Resort Receives Green Globe Re-certification for Sustainable

(Dive Travel Business News - October 22, 2013) --The Compass Point Dive Resort at East End in Grand Cayman has recently received its Green Globe re-certification for sustainable tourism.  Green Globe provides a framework and guidelines to help tourism businesses develop and improve on best sustainability practices to save energy and water resources, reduce operational costs and positively contribute to local communities and their environment.

Small Islands Urged to make Tourism Key to Sustainable Development.

(Dive Travel Business News - October 4, 2013) -- In recognition of the importance of tourism to the economy and sustainable development of many Small Island Developing States (SIDS) and other islands, and the specific opportunities and challenges for islands in pursuing sustainable tourism, the World Tourism Organization called on UN bodies and other international agencies, the governments of SIDS, the national and local authorities of other islands, and the tourism industry, to place tourism as a priority in the development agenda of islands.

Tourism and Water: Protecting our Common Future

(Dive Travel Business News.com - Oct 1, 2013) -- As the highlight of the United Nations´ World Tourism Day (WTD) on Friday September 27, 2013, a high-level Think Tank on Tourism and Water gathered leading experts on water preservation, public and private sector tourism stakeholders and media experts to discuss key issues contributing to a more sustainable water future.

Cambodia’s Koh Rong Archipelago Protected by Luxury Resort's Foundation

(Dive Travel Business News - Sept 26, 2013) --  With coral reefs, mangrove forests and sea grass beds inhabited by sea turtles, whale sharks and seahorses, diving the the Koh Rong Archipelago is one of the most diverse and least known marine environments in Southeast Asia.  The Song Saa Foundation, a Cambodia-based organisation dedicated to protecting the land and waters of southern Cambodia’s Koh Rong Archipelago, was officially launched on September 21st.

Komodo Dive Operators, MantaWatch Pivotal in Establishing Shark, Manta Ray Sanct

(Dive Travel Business News - Sept 17, 2013) -- The Indonesian district of West Manggarai and Komodo has recently designated  its entire marine and coastal waters as a manta ray and shark sanctuary.  This region is home to some of the world’s richest marine biodiversity, including more than 10 shark species, and both oceanic (Manta birostris) and reef manta rays (Manta alfredi).<

DiveTech's New Dive Site Raises Awareness and Funds for Kids Ocean Conservation

(Dive Travel Business News - Sept 12, 2013) -- The “Guardian of the Reef” a mythological creature half ancient warrior, half seahorse is poised to become the newest star of Cayman’s dive scene and a beacon for marine conservation.

The 13-foot sculpture, commissioned by Divetech owners Jay and Nancy Easterbrook from Canadian artist Simon Morris, will be sunk in January as an artificial reef and underwater attraction to launch a 12-month celebration of Divetech’s 20 anniversary.

Scotland Safeguards its Underwater Heritage Sites with first Historic MPA's

(Dive Travel Business News - September 3, 2013) -- Scotland's first set of Historic Marine Protected Areas (MPA's) was recently announced by Fiona Hyslop, Cabinet Secretary for Culture and External Affairs.  The announcement came after the urgent designation of the remains of a well-preserved vessel, believed to be a 17th century merchant ship, had been assessed to be of national importance.

Tourism "Green" Marketing Spins and Frauds Exposed in New Report.

(Dive Travel Business News - July 22, 2013) -- It certainly pays to look green, but the Tourism & Greenwash Report, released today by TotemTourism reveals that all that looks green, honest and wholesome in the tourism industry is often cynical greenwashed marketing spin. The new report outlines the extent of misleading green marketing in the industry and includes a full analysis of 138 green tourism schemes plus top 20 certifications.

Responsible Tourism at a Tipping Point to go Mainstream

(DiveTravelBusinessNews.com -- July 10, 2013) -- In an interview with Travel Weekly UK, the founder of adventure operator G Adventures, Bruce Poon Tip, says responsible tourism has 
reached a “tipping point” in the industry.

Korean Air Bans Shark Fins on its Cargo Flights

(Dive Travel Business News - June 27, 2013) -- Hong Kong -- Korean Air has announced its recent policy to suspend the carriage of shark fins on its cargo flights in a bid to protect sharks, one of the globally endangered marine species.

Previously, Korean Air carried shark fins only under the condition that a valid CITES (Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora) permit was fully obtained by the customer from the related national management authority.

Lord of the Sharks, Legenday Diving Icon Hans Hass Passes.

(Dive Travel Business News - June 24, 2013) -- Professor Dr. Hans Hass, one of the greatest icons of the diving world, passed away on Sunday morning, the 16th June, 2013 at age 94. An Austrian undersea explorer, writer, filmmaker and diving pioneer, Hass was known mainly for his  expeditions, books and films that were part of the pioneering 20th-century efforts to unlock the secrets of the deep.

(Dive Travel Business News - June 7, 2013) -- WASHINGTON— Wildlife conservation and animal-protection groups are applauding a National Marine Fisheries Service proposal to keep existing speed limits along the U.S. East Coast to protect critically endangered North Atlantic right whales.

Belize Supreme Court Halts Offshore Oil Drilling to Protect Barrier Reef

(Dive Travel Business News - April 18, 2013) -- BELIZE CITY, Belize - Belize's Supreme Court declared offshore drilling contracts issued by the Government of Belize (in 2004 and 2007) null and void, providing a dramatic and potentially definitive setback to The Government of Belize and the petroleum prospecting companies issued the contracts.

Good News for Our Oceans - Aquarius Reef Based has been Saved.

(Dive Travel Business News - Thursday January 17, 2013) --Yesterday, news that gives us hope for future ocean exploration was confirmed – Aquarius Reef Base off Key Largo has been saved. Through a great deal of work by a great number of dedicated people, including many in the dive industry, the only underwater laboratory on earth has been funded for continued operation.  Aquarius is an invaluable tool to study the ocean environment allowing us to gather knowledge of our changing ocean and its inhabitants.

 Sustainable Seafood Guide Helps Dive Travelers Choose their Food Wisely.

(Dive Travel Business News - Friday January 4, 2013) -- Dive Travelers heading for the diving mecca of Bonaire can now wisely choose their seafood dining options thanks to InfoBonaire.com.  The website provides a quick-reference sustainable seafood guide to  safely order seafood when dining or shopping for seafood to prepare while on Bonaire.

Newly Protected Honduras Reefs Are A Diver's Dream

(Dive Travel Business News - November 14, 2012) -- Tela, Honduras—A unique dive site, previously unknown to the scientific community, has been discovered by the Coral Reef Alliance (CORAL), The Healthy Reefs Initiative (HRI), and their local partners near the coastal town of Tela, Honduras. The reef is so exceptional that the local municipal government recently declared it a marine protected area, and CORAL is now launching an effort with local officials, conservation groups, and business owners to ensure its future protection.

Popular Dive Resort Chain Ups its Eco-initiatives.

(Dive Travel Business News - October 19, 2012) -- Divi Resorts is greening up its act with a series of environmental initiatives begun more than two years ago at its 10 Caribbean resorts on the  five islands of Aruba, Barbados, Bonaire, St Croix, and St Maarten.  E.J. Schanfarber, President of Divi Resorts, initiated a number of sustainable measures when he arrived at Divi in 2007, but they proved a hard sell to employees. 

Seychelles Demonstrates Commitment to Protected Areas and Eco-tourism

(Dive Travel Business News - August 3, 2012) -- Following the Rio Conference held in June in Brazil, at the Head of States side event, “Leaders Valuing Nature: A Celebration of Commitments,” the Seychelles pledged to the international community to further increase its protected area and special reserves. The Seychells government has further demonstrated its commitment in marine and terrestrial protected areas by changing the status of the D’Aros and St. Joseph atolls to that of a protected reserve.

Historic Illinois Legislation Protects Sharks.

(Dive Travel Business News - July 2, 2012) --Chicago, Illinois -- Joining the ranks of California, Hawaii, Oregon and Washington, yesterday the State of Illinois adopted a legislative ban on shark fins, through the enactment of House Bill 4119 (sponsored by Sara Feigenholtz and Antonio Muñoz). The bill was signed into law today by Gov. Pat Quinn.

Reef Environmental Education Foundation offers Fishinars.

(Dive Travel Business News - June 18, 2012) -- The Reef Environmental Education Foundation (REEF) is now offering free online education. These "fishinars" are short webinars presented by experts that teach the finer points of identifying fish and invertebrates underwater.

Bag It: Reduce Plastic Consumption to Protect our Seas.

(Dive Travel Business News - June 15, 2012) -- One week ago, the world  celebrated World Oceans Day -  the UN-designated day for the global community to celebrate and take action for our shared ocean. One of the greatest threats to the ocean is also one of the most insidious because it’s so mundane you probably don’t even notice it. Look around you right now... how much plastic do you see?

(Dive Travel Business News - May 4, 2012) -- As Europe enters the final stages of debate on a proposal to close the loopholes in the shark finning ban, find out what finning is, why the current regulation isn’t good enough.

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Green Globe Launches Sustainable Travel Site

(Dive Travel Business News - April 26, 2012) --  - Green Globe Certification recently launched its new sustainable travel website, www.greenglobe.travel . The site provides sustainable hotels, cruise ships, meeting facilities, tour operators, and attractions in the world’s most exciting travel locations. Businesses are displayed in alphabetical order with description, pictures, location and map, contact information, and links to booking. Users can also search by property name, country, or category.

Cayman Islands' Endangered Nassau Grouper Recovery Efforts helped by The Mystery
(Dive Travel Business News - April 23, 2012) -- Recent scientific evidence shows that a ten-year effort to protect the spawning aggregation sites for the endangered Nassau Grouper has resulted in a growing and healthy population of the species on the reefs near Little Cayman‹a harbinger that the recovery of the species may spread throughout the Caribbean.

"After ten years the detective work is finally done," said an exuberant Dr. Guy Harvey, a Cayman resident and an ardent conservationist and internationally known marine wildlife artist.

Divers Mobilize on Earth Day to Save Sharks

(DIve Travel Business News- April 16, 2012) -- This Earth Day and throughout April, Project AWARE and divers worldwide call on local communities to rally support for the protection of the world’s most vulnerable shark species by signing and organizing petition signatures to protect heavily traded species. Nearly 100,000 concerned divers and shark advocates have already signed their support for Project AWARE’s shark petition.

Coral Restoration Foundation begins New Project in Bonaire.

(Dive Travel Business News - March 29, 2012) -- The Coral Restoration Foundation (CRF) will soon start a pilot project in Bonaire, assisting local authorities and a local coral reef restoration group in developing a restoration program on the main island of Bonaire and adjacent island of Klein Bonaire.

Shangri-La Hotels and Resorts Drops Shark Fin from the Menu in all its Resorts.

(Dive Travel Business News - January 18, 2012) -- Hong-Kong based Shangri-La Hotels and Resorts has announced its "Sustainable Seafood Policy" including the commitment to cease serving shark fin in all of its operated restaurants as well as accepting new orders for shark fin products in banqueting with immediate effect.

World Ocean Council to Join UN Expert Group on Oceans at Rio +20 Conference

(Dive Travel Business News - January 11, 2012) -- The World Ocean Council (WOC) efforts to create an unprecedented cross-sectoral industry alliance for leadership on ocean sustainability has got the attention of the United Nations. WOC will participate in the U.N. Secretary General’s five-person ocean expert group to help shape international efforts for ocean sustainability. In addition to the private sector WOC, the four other experts in the group represent government, academic and non-government organizations will join the Ocean Expert group.

Shark Massacre at Malpelo Marine Sanctuary World Heritage Site.

(Dive Travel Business News - October 23, 2011) -- Colombian environmental authorities have reported a huge shark massacre in the Malpelo wildlife sanctuary in Columbia's Pacific waters, where as many as 2,000 hammerhead, Galápagos and silky sharks may have been slaughtered for their fins.

Sargasso's Seaweed trek to the Caribbean

(Dive Travel Business News - October 17, 2011) -- Since June the Eastern Caribbean has been invaded by an extraordinary volume of seaweed, sending resorts and government agencies, from Anguilla in the north to Tobago in the south, scrambling to rid beaches of the smelly, brown, bug-attracting algae before the impending high season.

Barabados Atlantis Subs Receives Green Globe Recertification

(Dive Travel Business News - August 23, 2011) -- Green Globe today announced the recertification of Atlantis Submarines, Barbados. Atlantis Submarines was first certified in December 2008. This flagship company has demonstrated its continued focus and commitment to sustainable tourism, directing resources and funds to maintain its Green Globe certification status. 

Why Miss Scuba takes At-Risk Children SCUBA Diving

(Dive Travel Business News - October 1, 2011) -- As a California based stunt woman and scuba instructor, Szilvia Gogh has worked on exciting movie sets with actors like Drew Barrymore, boss around LAPD Dive Team Leaders during training and swim with sharks in remote reefs around the world.  Yet one of her favorite activities is the Chance for Children Summer Camp.

Valuable Lessons Learned from Eco-Tourism

(Dive Travel Business News - September 30, 2011) -- The increasing demand for ecotourism can play a vital role in saving endangered forests, a United Nations-backed partnership said today, while also warning of the potential damaging effects if its expansion is not effectively managed.

SLOW LIFE Symposium Supports Islands in Creating a Sustainable Low-Carbon Future

(Dive Travel Business News - September 26, 2011) -- Sir Richard Branson, chairman of the Virgin Group, and Edward Norton, actor and activist, will speak at the third annual Six Senses SLOW LIFE Symposium, to be held Oct. 6 to 9 at Soneva Fushi in the Maldives. The four-day conference, bringing together business leaders with global policy-makers and heads of state, will focus on practical solutions to the principal challenges facing the tourism industry, including low-carbon infrastructure, transportation, resort management and threatened biodiversity.

ReefId helps identify our oceans inhabitants.

(Dive Travel Business News - Sept 1, 2011) -- A unique resource is being built to help curious ocean adventurers identify the inhabitants they encounter.  Everyone from the advanced SCUBA diver and underwater photographer to the occasional snorkeler is helping build the largest user friendly online database of our ocean's inhabitants to date.  By utilizing the power of the public, everyone from the professional ocean adventurer to the casual aquatic vacationer can quickly and easily identify a chance encounter with one of our world's ocean inhabitants.

World Oceans Day

(Dive Travel Business News - June 8, 2011) -- Today is World Oceans Day - a time to celebrate our earth's most beautiful blue resource, and to take a moment to consider how we are taking care of it. World Oceans Day, which had been unofficially celebrated every June 8 since its original proposal in 1992 by Canada at the Earth Summit in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.  The day was officially recognized by the United Nations in 2008. Since then it has been coordinated internationally by Read more

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