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Chasing Coral and Mission Blue

by Roger Douthit Jr on July 19, 2017

These are 2 "must see" movies that cover topics which should be near and dear to the hearts of every member here...

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iSeahorse - Saving seahorses together

by Projectseahorse on July 22, 2014

Seahorses at risk 

Spotting a seahorse on a dive is always is always an exciting experience. They

are just such unique and interesting fish!

Unfortunately because of their unique biological traits they

are also more vulnerable to threats like habitat destruction and overfishing.

Every year, 15 to 20 million seahorses are caught and

traded, dead and alive, all over the world.  In order to better protect

these little guys we need more data on them. This is where iSeahorse comes in!

iSeahorse 

iSeahorse is a tool which absolutely anyone, anywhere can use. 

If you see a seahorse in the

wild, simply go to  the

iSeahorse website http://www.iseahorse.org ...

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Reef Ball Foundation: rebuilding reefs one ball at a time!

by Ksso on November 22, 2013

At Dema I had the opportunity to meet with Todd Barber who manages the Reef Ball Foundation.

For those who haven't heard about reef balls, they're basically concrete hemispheres laid on the bottom of the ocean and planted with corals to build an artificial reef. As time passes, coral will eventually grow to totally cover the ball and make it indistinguishable from regular reefs.

I knew about such initiatives but I had no idea the scale Todd pushed it to - with over 750.000 reef balls deployed in 70 countries and 7000 sites in over 20 year - that's a hell lot of reef balls !  ...

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Inspiring Ted Talk by Sylvia Earle

by Ksso on September 23, 2013

I stumbled on this TED talk by Sylvia Earle and if you haven't seen it already you need to take a few minutes of your time and get inspired. Earth and the oceans are our life support system - we need to learn everything we can about it and we need to take care of it.

Sylvia is an amazing explorer. Wikipedia reads : Earle has led more than 100 expeditions worldwide involving in excess of 7,000 hours underwater in connection with her research.[13] From 1998 to 2002 she led the Sustainable Seas Expeditions, a five-year program to study the United States National Marine Sanctuary sponsored by the National Geographic Society and funded by the Goldman Foundation. An expert on the impact of oil...

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