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Dive Show Report: Singapore Asia Dive Expo (ADEX) 2014

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The ADEX show was held from the 11th to the 13th April at the Marina Bay Sands Convention Centre in Singapore. The venue is right on the Marina with stunning views of the city and bay.  A huge very upmarket shopping mall is right next door packed with restaurants and top end labels.

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The View From Marina Bay Sands

The show itself kicked off on the Friday with an awesome performance from Baracuda Batucada on the main stage. When the doors opened the show soon filled up with people, from those who were looking to start diving to full blown diving legends!

There was certainly plenty to do when inside. There was a vast array of dive retailers selling everything from wetsuits to rebreathers, at very good prices. Mares and Scubapro had huge booths showing off their latest products as well as Halcyon with their very cool BCD wing designs, Fourth Element, Poseidon, and many more. Tour operators, Liveaboards, Resorts and clubs from all over the world were out in force. The Indonesia Tourism board had a great booth with resorts, trips and liveaboards from every corner of Indonesia all under one roof. The photo zone was very popular with lots of goodies to buy from the guys at ScubaCam – no real new photographic technology at the show but certainly some impressive equipment to spend your hard earned cash on (like the Nauticam Super Macro Convertor). Seacam had an impressive booth with a stunning gallery of Aaron Wong’s recent work, as well as the owner of Seacam, Harald Hordosch, who was there to answer any questions.

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The Impressive Seacam Stand

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A line up of some of the biggest names in Underwater Photography

A highlight of the show was the guest speakers. In the photo zone there were continuous photographic talks on a range of subjects from some of the industry’s biggest names – Aaron Wong, Michael Aw, William Tan, Imran Ahmed, Christian Vizil and Jason Islay were just some of the very inspirational photographers who spoke at the show.

It wasn’t just in the photo zone where there were some big names speaking; on the main stage were some true legends presenting. These included Great White Shark Pioneer Rodney Fox, Coral Reef Ecologist Dr Mark Erdman and Dr Tom Goraeu, President Of Conservation Of The Global Coral Reef Alliance.

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Aaron Wong gave us an insight on his images

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William Tan gave a very interesting talk about his photography

As well as the speakers other activities included Scuba and rebreather try dives. Ocean Artists painted a huge piece live at the show.

Saturday and Sunday proved especially busy with the booths receiving a lot of attention. The show shut its doors Sunday evening after a really great weekend with exhibitors jetting back to all corners of the globe. The organizers predicted around 30,000 visitors for the weekend, and judging by how many were passing by, I think they probably reached that.

ADEX proved to be a great weekend with a vast range of exhibitors and speakers combined with an awesome location, making this a must visit show in every diver’s calendar.

Joe’s passion for the marine environment has led him to numerous locations across the globe, from working as a Divemaster in Australia to working on marine research expeditions in the Seychelles. One thing which has remained constant is that his camera has always travelled with him. Joe is now Resort Manager at Maluku Divers, a photography focused resort on Ambon Island in a remote part of Eastern Indonesia. To see more of Joe’s work, visit: http://www.flickr.com/photos/joedaniels/ or www.jldaniels.co.uk

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Komodo National Park found to be Manta Hotspot

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Through a collaborative effort between citizen divers, scientists from the Marine Megafauna Foundation (MMF), and Murdoch University, a new study reports a large number of manta rays in the waters of Komodo National Park, Indonesian, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, suggesting the area may hold the key to regional recovery of the threatened species.

Reef mantas (Mobula alfredi), which grow up to 5m, tend to reside and feed in shallow, coastal habitats. They also visit ‘cleaning stations’ on coral reefs to have parasites, or dead skin picked off by small fish. Courtship ‘trains’ are also observed adjacent to cleaning stations. In Komodo National Park, manta rays are present year-round, challenging the famous Komodo dragon as the most sought-after megafauna for visitors.

Scientists teamed up with the dive operator community to source identification photographs of manta rays visiting the parks’ waters and submit them to MantaMatcher.org – a crowdsourced online database for mantas and other rays. Most of the photographs came from just four locations from over 20 commonly visited by tourism boats.

I was amazed by how receptive the local dive community was in helping collect much-needed data on these threatened animals,” said lead author Dr. Elitza Germanov. “With their support, we were able to identify over 1,000 individual manta rays from over 4,000 photographs.

People love manta rays—they are one of the most iconic animals in our oceans. The rise of the number of people engaging in SCUBA diving, snorkeling, and the advent of affordable underwater cameras meant that photos and videos taken by the public during their holidays could be used to quickly and affordably scale data collection,” said MMF co-founder and study co-author Dr. Andrea Marshall.

The photographs’ accompanying time and location data is used to construct sighting histories of individual manta rays, which can then be analyzed with statistical movement models. These models predict the likelihood that manta rays are inhabiting or traveling in between specific sites. The study’s results showed that some manta rays moved around the park and others as far as the Nusa Penida MPA (>450 km to the west), but overall, manta rays showed individual preferences for specific sites within the Park.

I found it very interesting how some manta rays appear to prefer spending their time in some sites more than others, even when sites are 5 km apart, which are short distances for manta rays,” said Dr. Elitza Germanov. “This means that manta rays which prefer sites where fishing activities continue to occur or that are more popular with tourism will endure greater impacts.”

Fishing activities have been prohibited in many coastal areas within Komodo NP since 1984, offering some protection to manta rays prior to the 2014 nationwide protection. However, due to illegal fishing activity and manta ray movements into heavily fished waters, manta rays continue to face a number of threats from fisheries. About 5% of Komodo’s manta rays have permanent injuries that are likely the result of encounters with fishing gear.

The popularity of tourism to these sites grew by 34% during the course of the study. An increase in human activity can negatively impact manta rays and their habitats. In 2019, the Komodo National Park Authority introduced limits on the number of boats and people that visit one of the most famous manta sites.

This study shows that the places where tourists commonly observe manta rays are important for the animals to feed, clean, and mate. This means that the Komodo National Park should create measures to limit the disturbance at these sites,” said Mr. Ande Kefi, an employee of the Komodo National Park involved with this study. “I hope that this study will encourage tourism operators to understand the need for the regulations already imposed and increase compliance.”

Despite Indonesia’s history with intensive manta ray fisheries, Komodo National Park still retains large manta ray aggregations that with careful ongoing management and threat reduction will benefit regional manta ray populations. The study highlights that marine protected areas that are large enough to host important manta ray habitats are a beneficial tool for manta ray conservation.

For more information about MMF visit their website here.

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Euro-Divers opens to guests at Alila Kothaifaru Maldives

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In celebration of Euro-Divers’ 50 Years of Diving with Friends in the Maldives, the team have opened a new PADI 5 Star Dive Center at Alila Kothaifaru Maldives.

Alila Kothaifaru Maldives retreat lies at the northern edge of the Maldives in the tranquil Raa Atoll, reached via a panoramic 45-minute seaplane voyage from Male. The island has 80 all-pool-villas, 36 of which are over water with a private pool for your enjoyment and 44 beachfront villas designed seamlessly to immerse guests in the natural surroundings. In support of sustainable tourism, Alila hotels adopt Earth Check operating standards, integrating their environments’ natural, physical, and cultural elements.

Raa Atoll is well-known for the excellent scuba diving it offers. The underwater landscape of Raa Atoll is characterized by a high number of thilas scattered inside the lagoons. These underwater coral mountains are magnets for marine life including huge schools of tropical reef fish, a generous splash of colour, iconic bucket-list-must-see marine creatures including sharks, mantas (appearing during the entire year), turtles, and uncrowded dive sites—a perfect diver’s heaven for beginners and experienced divers. We offer a full range of PADI courses for different levels. From November till March, the Manta cleaning station is located 15 minutes away by boat.

The team from Alila Kothaifaru Maldives look forward to welcoming you soon.

Find out more at: www.euro-divers.com/alila-kothaifaru-maldives

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