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Manta and Devil Rays at Risk

27 Apr

Manta Rays At Risk. An infographic by Project AWARE

Challenge Japan to END Taiji Dolphin Hunt for Tokyo 2020 Olympic bid

22 Mar

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This is Japan’s 5th Olympic bid, since their 1964 Olympics. They are very eager to be selected as Host City again to boost their economy after the devastating tsunami & Fukushima nuclear disaster.

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DAN Cardiovascular Risk Factors for Diving Quiz

22 Mar

hearthealthCardiovascular diseases are the leading cause of death in the United States and one of the most common causes of fatal diving accidents. Do you know the cardiovascular risk factors for diving? Take this month’s quiz!

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Protecting our Coral Sea

14 Mar

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Recall Notices

6 Dec

On occasion, equipment manufacturers recall deficient or hazardous parts for safety or performance reasons. The Go Pro Townsville website now has a dedicated page that will serve as a reference library for scuba industry recall notices.

Please be advised that this list is not all-encompassing, but only as complete as we can possibly make it. If you hear of other recalls that you feel we should be aware of, please contact us and we will publish the information here.

Please check back regularly to see the most current recalls.

Safe diving!

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Protecting Pitcairn’s marine bounty

5 Dec

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The Pitcairn Islands might only have 55 human inhabitants, but the waters surrounding them are teeming with marine life.

World’s largest network of Marine Reserves announced

16 Nov

Tony Burke today announced the creation of the world’s largest network of marine parks will go into effect tonight at midnight.

The Australian government has agreed to designate 2.3 million square kilometres of Australia’s oceans as marine reserves, an area almost one-third the size of Australia. That’s the biggest swathe of ocean environment to be protected in the world.

Marine park network map

Marine park network map

 

 

Sept 19th is International Talk Like a Pirate Day

12 Sep

International Talk Like a Pirate DayInternational Talk Like a Pirate Day (ITLAPD) is a parodic holiday created in 1995 by John Baur (Ol’ Chumbucket) and Mark Summers (Cap’n Slappy), of Albany, Oregon, U.S.A., who proclaimed September 19th each year as the day when everyone in the world should talk like a pirate.

For example, an observer of this holiday would greet friends not with “Hello,” but with “Ahoy, matey!” The holiday, and its observance, springs from a romanticized view of the Golden Age of Piracy. It has become a holiday for members of the Church of the Flying Spaghetti Monster.

Now that’s a holiday a diver can get behind!

Read more here…

Today is your last chance to help protect our Coral Sea!

10 Sep

Today is the last day for public submissions on the proposed Coral Sea Marine Reserve.  After nearly five years, we’re almost there! Say YES to protecting our Coral Sea!

Say YES to the world’s largest marine park, including almost half a million square kilometers set aside as highly protected.

Australia’s Coral Sea is the jewel in the crown of the Australian government’s proposed national system of marine parks. It’s a vast, healthy, unspoilt ocean ecosystem, home to large ocean giants such as whales, sea turtles, sharks, tuna and marlin.

It’s our last chance today to make sure the government locks in the protection of the region’s unique coral reefs and iconic marine life.

Please spread the word: #marine parks are our future. Our #CoralSea is a marine icon that deserves protection. Take action now: http://ow.ly/b8K5B

New Community Forum

9 Sep

Ministry of Diving Community Forum

In an ongoing effort to open up the Townsville dive community, the Minister of Diving today launched a new community bulletin board.

The bulletin board is open to everyone. It is a place to meet other local divers, buy and sell dive gear, ask and answer questions, and just generally talk about diving. There’s a link to the forum on the right side of this page, or check it out by clicking here.