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“Ocean Adventures with Cory” is a children’s storybook that takes you on an adventure around the coral reef ecosystem. This is the first edition and we can’t wait to share more stories about coral reefs in the next months to come! For every 15 USD spent , you will receive 1 personal digital copy plus 1 paperback copy which we will provide to the local children that have no access to the internet in the Philippines to read this book. We are targeting 250 kids beneficiaries in North Mindanao and Negros Oriental and we hope to reach more coastal communities! Support us…

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The Reef-World Foundation – international coordinator of the UN Environment Programme’s Green Fins initiative – and Reef Check Dominican Republic have adapted to the new situations caused by the pandemic in order to reach even more dive and snorkel operators with their conservation messaging.  The COVID-19 pandemic has caused major disruption for the global travel industry and resulted in environmental concerns; for example, through the increased use of single-use plastic items such as gloves and masks. However, for the Green Fins initiative in the Dominican Republic, the pandemic has also brought some positive conservation effects, such as coastal water quality improvements due to the drastic reduction…

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According to a report from Sharkwater, Florida was the epicentre of the shark fin trade. The shark fin trade ban (the Kristin Jacobs Ocean Protection Act (SB680)) was signed into law by Florida Governor Ron DeSantis. As well as importing or exporting overseas fins from Florida, the bill forbids shipping fins across state borders. While it allows local fishermen to continue fishing while the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC) studies the economic effect of the ban on local communities, conservation groups remain optimistic. There are approximately 22 Florida fishermen, in the shark fin industry in 2017 which takes…

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New guidelines for conducting environmentally friendly beach and underwater cleanups The Reef-World Foundation – the international coordinator of the UN Environment Programme’s Green Fins initiative – has launched new Green Fins cleanup guidelines to help dive and snorkel operators organise and host environmentally friendly coastal cleanups.  The guidelines guide dive professionals step-by-step through everything they’ll need to consider before, during and after beach and underwater cleanups. The guidance includes: how to choose a suitable location; promoting your event; briefing and educating participants; documentation of the event; best practice for underwater trash collection; tips for promoting your event; and data collection methods and reporting to initiatives…

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The goal of Sharks4Kids is to create a new generation of shark advocates through access to a dynamic range of educational materials. Curriculum, games and activities will allow teachers to integrate shark education into their science programs on an introductory, intermediate or advanced level. Students can access games, activities and info sheets to satisfy their own curiosity about sharks. Photos and videos from scientists and conservationists bring an exciting element into the classroom and show students the beauty of the ocean. Sharks play a critical role in the delicate balance of ocean ecosystems. Yet despite their importance, shark populations are…

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IDB support to enable Green Fins Global Hub development and launch of Green Fins Costa Rica The Reef-World Foundation – the international coordinator of the UN Environment Programme’s Green Fins initiative – is thrilled to announce its Green Fins Global Hub proposal has been selected for project design under IDB Lab’s Beyond Tourism Challenge. This funding enables Reef-World to begin full development of the much-anticipated Green Fins Global Hub. The Green Fins Global Hub is a first-of-its-kind online platform which will empower marine tourism businesses to measurably improve their sustainability efforts. The Hub will house an online support system to raise operator awareness of the potential…

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Ecologos is pleased to invite you to the Water Docs Film Festival 2020, which will take place right here on our website from November 4 to 8. You will get to enjoy all the wonderful movies originally planned for our event in March that was postponed due to the pandemic of COVID19. You are also invited to be entertained by our emcee and learn more about the films through Q&A sessions, in addition to screening some fantastic films. Your experience is going to be as close to being in the cinema as we can to build creatively, you just need…

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Cyanea capillata aka Lion’s mane jellyfish is named for its showy, trailing tentacles reminiscent of a lion’s mane. Eight lobes are scalloped into the bell of the lion’s mane jellyfish and each lobe contains 70 to 150 tentacles arranged in four fairly distinct rows. A balance organ at each of the eight indentations between the lobes helps the jellyfish orient themselves. Broad frilly oral arms with many stinging cells extend from the central mouth. The total number of tentacles is around 1,200 closer to his mouth. Though capable of reaching a bell diameter of over 2 m (6 ft 7…

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Reef-World’s annual report reveals tangible conservation impact despite COVID-19 disruptions New figures out today reveal that The Reef-World Foundation – international coordinator of the UN Environment Programme’s Green Fins initiative – certified more dive shops and reached more travellers with its conservation messaging than the previous year, despite disruptions to fieldwork caused by the COVID-19 pandemic.  Reef-World’s annual report, released today, revealed the charity reached 115,000+ travellers with its information on environmental best practice through its Green Fins initiative during its 2019–20 reporting period; up from the 110,000 travellers reached during 2018–19. With 115 dive centres assessed in 31 diving hotspots across 11 countries (compared to 98…

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The Green Fins Award recognises the world’s most environmentally friendly dive centres The Reef-World Foundation – the international coordinator of the UN Environment Programme’s Green Fins initiative – is delighted to announce the winners of the coveted 2020 Green Fins Award are: Bubbles Dive Centre, Pulau Perhentian, Malaysia,Flora Bay Divers, Pulau Perhentian, MalaysiaAnd Tioman Dive Centre, Pulau Tioman, Malaysia The prestigious annual award recognises the Green Fins member with the lowest environmental impact. This year, competition was so tight there was not one, but three winners all tied in first place. What’s more, all three of the winners and seven of the global top…

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