UK based tour operator blue o two are offering some great deals on liveaboard diving holidays over the next few months.
Here are the details:
M/Y blue Fin – Red Sea
27 Sep – 04 Oct: Best of the Red Sea – £1145
11 Oct – 18 Oct: Simply the Best – £1295 (Package from Manchester £1365)
08 Nov – 15 Nov: Strait of Tiran and North – £995
15 Nov – 22 Nov: Best of Wrecks – £1099
22 Nov – 29 Nov: Best of Wrecks – £1099
M/Y blue Horizon – Red Sea
06 Sep – 13 Sep: Northern Wrecks and Reefs – £995
20 Sep – 27 Sep: Northern Wrecks and Reefs – £995 (Package from Manchester £1065)
18Oct – 25 Oct: Project Shark: Simply the Best – £1249
29 Nov – 06 Dec: Brothers and Elphinstone – £845
M/Y blue Melody – Red Sea
27 Sep – 04 Oct: North and Ras Mohamed – £1095
11 Oct – 18 Oct: Strait of Tiran & North – £1195 (Package from Manchester £1265)
18 Oct – 25 Oct: Northern Wrecks and Reefs – £1295
01 Nov – 08 Nov: Strait of Tiran and North – £995
29 Nov – 06 Dec: Simply the best – £845
M/Y blue Voyager – Red Sea
23 Aug – 30 Aug: Best of Wrecks – £895 **One space available at this price due to cancellation**
06 Sep – 13 Sep: Strait of Tiran & North – £895
20 Sep – 27 Sep: Northern Wrecks and Reefs – £995
25 Oct – 01 Nov: Simply the best – £1495
01 Nov – 08 Nov: Northern Wrecks and Reefs – £1099
08 Nov – 15 Nov: North and Brothers – £1149
M/V Carpe Diem – Maldives
22 Nov – 30 Nov: North Male – Ari – Felidhu – South Male – £1999*
28 Feb – 08 Mar: Project Shark: Maldives with Nikki Weeden – £2295*
M/V Humboldt Explorer – Galapagos Islands
10 Nov – 19 Nov: Galapagos Islands – £4569* Last male share!
S/Y Fiji Siren – Fiji Islands
04 Feb – 14 Feb: Lomaiviti & Taveuni Islands (10 nights) – £3013**
*Package price is subject to change due to fluctuations in flight prices. Final package price will be confirmed at
time of booking.
Project SIARC through to the finals of The National Lottery Awards
Project SIARC has been nominated alongside 16 other projects from across the UK to be named National Lottery Project of the Year.
The marine environment in Wales is teeming with life; beneath the often-murky waters are little understood species of shark, skate and ray (elasmobranchs) of conservation importance.
Project SIARC is catalysing links between fishers, researchers, communities and government to collaborate and safeguard elasmobranchs and support a green recovery in Wales.
“We are so grateful for this nomination – it’s thanks to all of our wonderful communities, partners and volunteers working with us to help safeguard and celebrate sharks, skates and rays in Wales”, commented Project SIARC Technical Specialist and regular Scubaverse contributor Jake Davies.
For more information about Project SIARC, visit https://www.projectsiarc.com/.
Silent Reef Keepers: The Fight to Save the Caribbean Reef Shark
The Kingdom of the Netherlands will ask for increased protection for the Caribbean reef shark during next month’s Conference of Parties for the Cartagena Convention (COPs) on Aruba. Caribbean reef sharks play a critical role in maintaining a healthy reef ecosystem and building resilience within the oceans. This increased protection is critical for ensuring a sustainable future for this iconic species.
The Caribbean Sea is renowned for its crystal-clear waters, vibrant coral reefs, and a dazzling array of marine life. Among the charismatic inhabitants of this underwater paradise is the Caribbean Reef Shark (Carcharhinus perezii), a species that plays a crucial role in maintaining the health of coral reef ecosystems. In the Dutch Caribbean, these apex predators face mounting threats, but there is hope on the horizon. At the upcoming Conference of Parties for the Cartagena Convention (COPs), the Kingdom of the Netherlands will seek increased protection for these magnificent creatures by listing this species on Annex III of the SPAW Protocol. Annex III includes plant and animal species which require additional protection to ensure this species is able to adequately recover their populations in the Wider Caribbean Region.
Caribbean reef sharks thrive in warm, tropical waters of the Caribbean region, with a distribution range that stretches from Florida to Brazil. This species is one of the most encountered reef shark species throughout the whole Caribbean Sea. Growing up to 3m (9.8ft) in length, this shark is one of the largest apex predators in the reef ecosystem and is at the top of the marine food web, having only a few natural predators.
In addition to being of great economic value, as shark diving is a major draw for divers from around the world, this species is also critical for maintaining balance within the reef ecosystem. Their presence helps regulate the population of smaller prey species, which in turn, prevents overgrazing on seagrass beds and coral reefs and eliminates sick or weak fish from the population. This balance is essential for maintaining the health and diversity of the entire coral reef.
Despite their ecological and economic significance, Caribbean reef sharks in the Caribbean face numerous threats that have led to a population reduction estimated to be between 50–79% over the past 29 years. In the (Dutch) Caribbean this is mainly caused by:
Habitat Degradation: The degradation of coral reefs and seagrass beds due to climate change, pollution, and coastal development has a direct impact on the availability of prey for these sharks. Loss of habitat reduces their ability to find food and shelter.
Overfishing: Overfishing poses one of the most immediate threats to Caribbean reef sharks. They are often caught incidentally in commercial fisheries, where fishermen are targeting other species, or intentionally, where they are sought after for their fins, used in shark fin soup.
A Call for Increased Protection
There are different organizations and individuals working to protect sharks and their habitats in the Dutch Caribbean. A significant milestone was the establishment of protected areas such as the Yarari Marine Mammal and Shark Sanctuary between Bonaire, Saba and St. Eustatius. Another milestone was in 2019 when the Dutch government adopted an International Shark Strategy. The strategy sets out which protective and management actions for sharks and rays are to be taken by the government in all seas and oceans where the Netherlands has influence (including the Dutch Caribbean). Additional efforts are still needed to create more marine protected areas, enhance enforcement, reduce pollution in the ocean, and promote sustainable fishing practices. These species know no (political) boundaries and their protection requires broadscale conservation efforts within the Dutch Caribbean and beyond.
The Caribbean reef shark is a species of paramount importance to the (Dutch) Caribbean’s coral reefs. With the extra protection being requested during the next COPS meeting in Aruba, there is hope that this species will have a healthy future. By recognizing their ecological significance and the challenges they face, we can work together to ensure a brighter future for the Caribbean Reef Shark in the Dutch Caribbean and beyond.
The Dutch Caribbean Nature Alliance (DCNA) supports science communication and outreach in the Dutch Caribbean region by making nature-related scientific information more widely available through amongst others the Dutch Caribbean Biodiversity Database, DCNA’s news platform BioNews and the press. This article contains the results from several scientific studies but the studies themselves are not DCNA studies. No rights can be derived from the content. DCNA is not liable for the content and the in(direct) impacts resulting from publishing this article.
Photo + photo credit: Jim Abernethy-all rights reserved
For more information, please contact: research@DCNAnature.org
WIN a c-monsta Wetsuit Hanger!!!
For this week’s competition, we’ve teamed up with c-monsta to give away one of their wetsuit hangers as a prize!...
WIN a Sharkskin Performance 40L Duffle Bag!!!
For this week’s competition, we’ve teamed up with our good friends at Liquid Sports to give away a Sharkskin Performance 40L Duffle Bag as...
Win a Vasili Lights Fish Lantern!
For this week’s competition, we’ve teamed up with Vasili Lights to give away one of their beautiful Fish Lanterns! Inspired...
WIN a Beuchat Maxlux S Mask and Spy Snorkel!!!
For this week’s competition, we’ve teamed up with our good friends at Beuchat to give away Maxlux S Mask and Spy Snorkel!...
Blogs6 days ago
Discover Peace and Tranquillity in Egypt’s Eastern Desert and its Amazing Red Sea
News1 month ago
A Welcome Return (Part 1)
Blogs2 months ago
Amazing Alonissos – The all round dive vacation destination
Blogs1 week ago
A Flying Visit to Nusa Penida, Bali
News3 months ago
BVI Wreck Week – Diving (Part 3)
News2 months ago
Diving With… Sporades Diving Group in Skopelos & Alonissos Islands, Greece
News1 month ago
A Welcome Return (Part 2)
Marine Life & Conservation2 months ago
Divers head to the Wild Isles to tackle nightmare nets