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SCUBA News (ISSN 1476-8011)
Issue 152 - January 2013
Welcome to the first SCUBA News of 2013. We recently highlighted how plastic granules in toiletries were harming marine life (issue 150 of SCUBA News). Today we are delighted to report that at least two manufacturers, Unilever and Lush, are to phase out plastic microbeads from facial scrubs and glittery bath products.
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Cuba is the largest island in the Caribbean with some 5 star dives. We've now more on diving Cuba at
Is the Blue Hole the best dive site in Dahab? More write-ups and reviews of this Red Sea diving destination.
Diving highlights of the Philippines include the World Heritage site of Tubbataha, thresher sharks at Malapascua and big pelagics at Panagatan.
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Europe boasts some world class dive sites, with great visibility and masses of underwater life. According to our readers, these are the best dive sites in Europe. Disagree? Then cast your vote at http://www.scubatravel.co.uk/topdiveseurope.html.
- The Zenobia, Cyprus
The pristine wreck of a huge ferry. Lying on its port side, the wreck starts at about 15 m and descends to 42 m. Fabulous dive. One of the best wreck dives in the world in recreational depths. 20 m plus visibility and some great swim-throughs. Needs several dives to see anything like all of it.
- Cirkewwa, Malta
Features the wreck of the Rozi MV as well as stunning underwater topography. Visibility is very good and there is a mass of sea life: barracuda, morays, octopus, cuttlefish and even dolphins.
- Booroo, Isle of Man
The Burroo, with its extremely diverse and plentiful marine life offers a truly magnificent dive. In fact, in areas exposed to the fast flowing current, it is something of a challenge to find a single square centimetre of bare bedrock, so abundant is the life here.
- Blockship Tabarka, Scapa Flow, Scotland
This shallow 18 m dive is a real beauty. One of the block ships scuttled to prevent submarine attack during WW2. Covered in life, a beautiful place. Worth the trip and the one of surprises of Scapa.
- Blue Hole, Gozo
A beautiful sharp drop off into the blue hole with what seems like limitless visibility and feels like you are on the very edge of the world. A most extraordinary dive.
- Diamond Rocks, Kilkee, Ireland
Claimed to be on a par with the famous Yongala. It is a cold water dive off Ireland's west coast. The bay is fairly sheltered and is teaming with life. The terrain is full of rocks and gullies and the water is really clear.
- Eddystone Reef, England
12 miles off Plymouth, England. The reef is from 8 to 60 m. Encrusted with jewel anemones and with the remains of ancient wrecks, including a large 17th century anchor. Stunning.
- Fanore, Ireland
Shore dive in crystal clear Atlantic water with abundant fish.
- Chios island, Greece
Small undersea caves and paths between impressive rocks, colourful reefs and vertical walls.
- Chickens Rock, Isle of Man
Very exposed: there is only a very limited window to dive Chickens. Mind-blowing variety with so much to see. Strong current.
More European Dives...
Campaigners dismayed that ministers rejected advice to create 127 zones, which are intended to protect the ocean. Brits can sign a petition in favour of all 127 at http://www.mcsuk.org/mpa/england/consultation.
Lush is to phase out deadly micro-plastic granules from its products. But why was a company like Lush, who trumpets its Green credentials, using unnecessary plastic granules in the first place?
The UK's only known resident population of killer whales is at risk of becoming extinct, experts fear.
An analysis launched today by WWF shows that over the past nine years fisheries ministers have only followed scientific advice in 13 per cent of their decisions; and set fishing quotas on average 45 per cent higher than the recommended scientific advice.
The Great Barrier Reef could be stripped of heritage status and placed on a UN list of world treasures in danger due to proposed developments on Queensland's coast, green groups have warned.
Greenpeace analysis shows 14 planned giant fossil fuel projects will increase global emissions by 20%.
Four Royal Navy frigates will soon be put up for sale following decommissioning. They could be used for "non-military purposes which include sinking for use as an artificial reef, or for recycling," the Ministry of Defence said.
Although shark pups are born with all the equipment they'll ever need to defend themselves and hunt down food, developing embryos still stuck in their egg cases are vulnerable to predators. But a new study finds that even these baby sharks can detect a potential predator, and play possum to avoid being eaten.
The Russian parliament has passed a long-awaited law to protect the country's seas from oil pollution, after the voices of 120,000 Russians were presented to the government during Earth Hour's I WILL IF YOU WILL campaign in 2012.
Trawling in Hong Kong waters was banned on 1st January. The fishing practice of trawling has resulted in catching different marine species at random and damaging the seabed over the past few decades. It is also believed to be one of the main reasons leading to the almost collapsed status of the marine ecosystem in Hong Kong. Scientists predict that populations of larger fish, such as groupers, will surge by 30 to 45 per cent.
Underwater robots detect nine endangered North Atlantic right whales
Robots have found living coral on the Great Barrier Reef at 125 m, far beyond the depth at which scientists expected to find them.
"Most shipwreck survey maps are two-dimensional and based on observations made by sight, photographs or by feeling around in murky water while stretching a measuring tape," said James Delgado, director of maritime heritage for NOAA's Office of National Marine Sanctuaries. "Thanks to the high-resolution sonar, we have a three-dimensional map that not only provides measurements and observations, but the ability for researchers and the public to virtually swim through the wreck's exposed remains and even look below the surface at structure buried in loose silt."
While some like it hot, plankton do not. Warmer oceans around North America are forcing plankton to move to cooler waters, and like a moveable feast, fish are following; some going north and some heading further out to sea. People, whales and birds that depend on these fish are forced to adapt their habits to find them - with mixed success.
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