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Cape Town's Underwater Wilderness

Thursday, 07 April 2016

Last night we attended the opening of Cape Town's Underwater Wilderness, a photographic exhibition to promote ocean conservation, at the Two Ocean's Aquarium in Cape Town.

New research conducted from UC Santa Barbara, the University of Washington and the Environmental Defense Fund reveals that with improved fishing approaches the majority of the world’s wild fisheries could be at healthy levels in just 10 years and global fish populations could double by 2050.

Words cannot describe the immense loss of life unfolding along a 50-mile stretch of Florida's Indian River Lagoon.

More than 30 species of fish, estimated in the hundreds of thousands, have started floating to the surface and washing up along shores. In some places, the normally idyllic waterways are being replaced with thousands of rotting fish.

“We’re seeing stingrays, horseshoe crabs, sheepshead, the mullet, the flounder — everything is being impacted by what’s going on here in the lagoon,” Michelle Spahn, a waterway tour operator, told WFTV9.

Plastic bags—those non-biodegradable menaces that clog up our drawers, waterways and roadways alike—have been public enemy No. 1 in many cities and even entire states which have legislated bans on these single-use pesks. But now, a growing number of pro-plastic states are spearheading bans on bag bans.

Swimming with whale sharks, a popular tourist activity, is raising concerns about impacts on the world’s largest fish.

Big fish are big business on Isla Mujeres. Aside from its traditional offers of sun, sea, and sand, this 2,000 foot-wide island off the coast of Cancun has garnered a reputation for being a hub of Mexican whale shark tourism.

If scuba diving in the Great Barrier Reef is on your bucket list, you might want to book tickets soon.

This week, marine biologists dropped some horribly depressing news: the Great Barrier Reef is dying. The world’s largest reef is in the midst of a widespread coral bleaching event, and scientists aren’t sure whether it will fully recover.

Avoiding societal collapse means building bridges between science and the rest of the world.

Until recently, Earth was so big compared with humanity’s impacts that its resources seemed limitless. But that is no longer the case. Thanks to rapid growth in both human population and per capita consumption, we are now on the edge of irrevocable damage to our planetary life support systems. If we want to avoid locking in long-lasting impacts, it is imperative that we quickly solve six intertwined problems: population growth and over-consumption, climate change, pollution, ecosystem destruction, disease spillovers and extinction.

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