Tuesday, March 27, 2007

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Ous Rif Diving

two of a kind

they are soldiers

flavimaginatus and house mate

huuuge sea fan

Inside the big cave

home among the foliage

imperial angel fish

not quite an adult yet

Roll Up Roll Up your wet suit sleeves.

Earth day is coming up soon. On the 22nd of next month 9 dive centres (from Male’ and nearby resorts) are joining together to have a reef clean up event. The targeted site is Old Shark Point of North Male’ Atoll.

The participating dive centres are:

Bolifushi Diving Centre
Dive Centre Laguna
Divers Lodge (Viligili)
Maldivers Diving Centre (Male')
Multimarine Services (Male').
Ocean Diving Desk (Male')
Planeta Divers (Giraavaru)
Sea Exploreres Associates (Male')
Vadhoo Diving Club

The aim of having this clean up is to clear the reef from debris which is harmful to the reef inhabitants and corals. Although its not a badly hit reef with garbage everywhere (like Male’ or Villingili) its been identified as one of the locations that needs cleaning up the most. So we believe a day cleaning up the place would really make a difference,

Apart from the reef clean up we are also planning to have an awareness program for school children.

Anybody is welcome in participating in the event and helping us out.

Roll up Roll up your wet suit sleeves,
dive for earth day.

Friday, March 16, 2007

El Massacre

We do have quite a dolphin friendly fisheries. I've never heard of an instance where dolphins were caught or accidently caught. (Ok there might be a few catches every now and then)

But for Japan its a very different story, where thousands of dolphins are killed every year in the cruelest of ways. Check out the video to see what I'm talking about. Hundreds of dolphins are driven ashore by boats and once they are rounded up and trapped in the shallow waters, they are slaughtered. The whole area turns red due to the blood.

Outraged are you? Click here to sign the online petition against this.

Saturday, March 10, 2007

The Groupers Under Pressure

Twenty species of grouper, a globally important group of 162 coral reef food fishes, are threatened with extinction unless management or conservation measures are introduced.

For more info about it and to find out about the work shop held to assess the fisheries data and population information for groupers click on this link. It was the first ever workshop held on the subject of protection of groupers.

Better management methods are needed to protect the resources of reef. Experts says that maintating Marine Protected Areas (MPAs) helps to protect the biodiversity of the marine ecosystem.