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Photo via Facebook Shark Fin Win! On May 10, 2021, the culmination of years of lobbying by Bite-Back Shark & Marine Conservation, a significant shake-up of UK shark fin trade laws became a reality. The official news that the government is set to ban the import and export of shark fins erupted in celebratory cheers at Bite-Back HQ. From the moment Bite-Back Shark & Marine Conservation first revealed the loophole in the law that allowed anyone to carry 20kg of shark fins into our borders, to the series of behind-the-scenes meetings with Lord Zac Goldsmith and DEFRA, the announcement is…

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Join us online on 22 May to honour immersive and meaningful travel experiences. As the world is reopening, we’ll be talking about all the things we miss about meaningful travel, from feeling the sun on our skin to learning from local leaders. Find out what memories previous participants have made, the environmental and social impact our program managers oversee on the ground and, most importantly, how you can still travel this year. Talks on the day will cover our mission, our goals, our impact, career development with GVI, general volunteering with GVI, and our online courses. Our field staff from…

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Over recent weeks, there has been speculation about the possibility of the Maldivian government lifting the ban on shark fishing in the country’s waters. PADI®, and the dive industry at large, were instrumental in establishing these protections over a decade ago. With concern for the continued protection of sharks in the Maldives, the PADI organization and Project AWARE®, along with 200 concerned local and international stakeholders opposing the lifting of the shark fishing ban, called on the government to continue to enforce the legal protections of sharks. PADI staff met with Maldivian Ministry of Fisheries, Marine Resources, and Agriculture Zaha Waheed to reinforce…

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Bright Green Lies will be making its live streaming premiere on April 22, 2021. The Scuba News Canada published an article about this film by Canadian Julia Barnes in May 2020. “When I picture a worst-case scenario for the future it is one where solar, wind and hydro proliferate. Rather than seeing these technologies as solutions to our environmental problems, I see them as a way of prolonging the lifespan of an empire, powering this destructive culture and allowing industrial humans to continue their exploitation a little bit longer.”From Bright Green Lies At The Scuba News Canada by Julia Barnes…

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The local dive community are one big family here in Amed, in East Bali. Amed is a jewel that some new divers or people wanting to learn to dive might not know about. The pandemic has hit Bali hard, with tourism being the major source of income for the island (60% comes from Australia). When the tourists left, the money dried up very quickly. Balinese culture is steeped in tradition, caring for your fellow villagers and extended family members is instinctive. In the midst of the pandemic it was evident that the Balinese spirit would not be dampened . While…

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Every year, we countdown to Earth Hour, the biggest environmental movement in the world. Started in 2007 by WWF and partners, it was a symbolic lights-out event in Sydney to call attention to climate change. Now, millions of people worldwide participate by taking one iconic action together: switching off the lights. Held every year on the last Saturday of March, it continues to be a symbol of hope, unity and a commitment to protect nature. This year’s Earth Hour is March 27th at 8:30pm your local time. READ 8 GREAT WHITE Ways for Eco-Divers to Spend Earth Hour at Home With over…

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The new National Geographic Disney+ original series, executive produced by James Cameron, takes audiences deep into the heart of whale culture, allowing them to witness the remarkable communication abilities and complex social systems of five distinct whale species. This amazing, revealing, and emotional tale, told by Sigourney Weaver and featuring the extensive knowledge and expertise of acclaimed National Geographic Explorer and Photographer Brian Skerry, is an epic, revealing, and emotional story that very few have been fortunate enough to witness; until now. Showings – select to order tickets: Available March 25, 2021, 7:00 – 9:00 PM Watch now in our online…

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We’re hosting an Earth Day inspired Virtual Open Day on Saturday 24 April 2021! In honour of Earth Day this April, we’ll be focusing on the importance of sustainability. There is no plan(et) B, so join us to hear more about the many ways you can be part of the solution. We will be joined by experts in the fields of sustainable wildlife conservation and ethical community development, staff, and past volunteers, all of whom will be sharing their experiences and answering your questions. Saturday 24th April 20211 pm – 4 pm (London time, GMT+1) Zoom (link will be sent to all those who sign…

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“Can you turn off the cameras” Seaspiracy by Netflix investigates the global fishing industry, debating the notions of sustainable fishing and demonstrating how human activities have resulted in widespread environmental degradation. This film will forever change the way we think and behave about ocean conservation. It’s past time for us to concentrate our environmental and ethical issues on our oceans and their inhabitants. This is a new age in terms of how we handle the planet’s most significant ecosystem. “If you want to address climate change, the first thing you do is protect the ocean. And, the solution to that…

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Join us for another Virtual Open Day on Saturday the 20th of March 2021! This time around, in honour of Women’s History Month this March and International Women’s Day on 8 March, we’ll be focusing on gender equality. As such, we will be joined by different female experts, staff, and past volunteers to answer your questions and talk about their experiences. Talks and presentations on the day will cover our conservation and community development focused programs, as well as GVI’s impact, career development, volunteering with GVI, our mission, our goals and our online courses. Specifically, our field staff from Thailand and…

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