By Sam Tyers
The protection of the exquisite manta ray is a very hot topic in the diving world with more and more being killed every year for Chinese Medicine. In an effort to try and help the conservation of these magnificent creatures Andrea Marshall and her team at ‘The Foundation for the Protection of . . . → Read More: Manta research and an unexpected encounter
With manta rays starring on TV a lot recently and more and more divers hoping to encounter these wonderful creatures, what can we do to make manta tourism work for the marine environment, divers and local communities? As part of the latest in the brilliant Naked Oceans series (check them out here) Andrea Marshall (Queen of Mantas) talks about . . . → Read More: Manta Ray Ecotourism
This week there was a piece in the Guardian about the situation at Hanifaru Lagoon in the Maldives. Here is a link to the article: http://www.guardian.co.uk/environment/2010/oct/20/maldives-tourism-manta-rays
This follows on from my post back in September about the issue. Since 2009 Hanifaru Bay in Baa Atoll has seen its tourism trade triple. Guy Stevens, the director of . . . → Read More: The Mantas of Hanifaru: the story continues….
With just under two weeks to go until the Dive Show at the NEC in Birmingham, it’s time to start thinking about which talks to see. As always there is a packed speaker and seminar schedule with lots of emphasis this year on marine life, so which speakers and seminars are not to be missed? Here . . . → Read More: Top Responsible Diving Picks at the Dive Show: 30th – 31st Oct 2010
Last week I went to the monthly British Society of Underwater Photographers (BSOUP) meeting. We heard from Alex Mustard, one of the UK’s top underwater photographers. He told us about a recent group trip to Hanifaru lagoon in the Maldives. The nutrient rich waters of the area support huge quantities of marine life and . . . → Read More: The mantas of Hanifaru lagoon in the Maldives