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Welcome Dive Club Maldives to the SCUBA Travel site
Dive Club Maldives offers affordable dive packages for Male region, Ari Atoll and Laamu Atoll.
http://www.scubatravel.co.uk/pacific/maldives-diving.html#operators
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Welcome Thailand Liveaboards to the SCUBA Travel site
The newest member of our Thailand dive centres directory is Thailand Liveaboards. A warm welcome to them. Their boats depart from Khao Lak and Phuket and visit the world class diving areas of the Similan Islands, Richelieu Rock, Hin Daeng, Hin Muang and the Mergui Archipelago. Read more at
http://www.scubatravel.co.uk/thailand/thailand-dive-centres.html
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Equivalent Diving Qualifications
Which scuba qualifications are recognised where, and how easy is it to crossover from one agency to another?

Over 22 diving agencies compared, and many questions answered in the Equivalent Diving Qualifications page, like
- Can I get a CMAS card if PADI qualified?
- Which agency is the best to study with?
- Is HSE part 1 11 recognised around the world?
http://www.scubatravel.co.uk/training/qualifications.html
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Find out equivalent qualifications to crossover between scuba diving agencies.: BSAC, PADI, CMAS, NAUI, NASE, SSI, IANTD, ANDI, GUE, IADS, PSAI, SAA, TDI, ITDA etc.
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Diving Jordan
You can dive all year round in Jordan, but the best time to visit is maybe October and November when sea temperatures are still warm (an average of 27 °C in October and 25 °C in November) and the weather is not too hot. 

The coral is terrific and you will often see turtles and napoleon wrasse. It's not the place to go to see sharks and other pelagic species though. Most of the dives can be done as shore dives. 

One of Jordan's most famous dive sites in the Cedar Pride. This wreck of Lebanese freighter is 81 m long was purposely sunk in 1986. The wreck is marked by a surface marker buoy less than 150 m offshore. She lies on her port site, bridging two reefs, so you can swim underneath her at about 25 m. There are some lovely soft corals and magnificent garden of sea fans covering the wreck inside and outside. 

More on the diving in Jordan is at http://www.scubatravel.co.uk/redsea/jordandive.html
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Diving Greece  - wrecks, caves, tunnels, walls
Until 2005, divers were given access to just 620 miles of the 10,000 miles of Greek coastline. Then the legislation changed and diving is now allowed throughout the seas of Greece.

Greece lies to the East of Sicily, with the Ionian Sea to her left and the Aegean to her right. Most of the Greek islands are in the Aegean. The weather is hot and dry in summer and mild in winter. Sea temperatures range from 15 oC in February to 26 oC in August.

The Eastern Mediterranean is the last remnant of the Tethys, the 200 million year old ocean which disappeared due to the convergence of the Gondwana and Laurasia continents.

Economic problems plague mainland Greece at the moment, but tourism to the islands is holding up.  

According to the votes for the best dive sites in the world, the top rated diving area in Greece is Chios Island featuring caves, tunnels, walls and wrecks. Elsewhere in Greece diving highlights include the wreck of the Britannic. This sister ship to the Titanic lies off Tzia (Kea) Island at 120 m, so is only for technical divers.

There is also very good diving in Santorini, with its islands and volcano crater.
http://www.scubatravel.co.uk/europe/greece-diving.html
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The Marine Conservation Society wants you to report which  washes, scrubs, creams, moisturisers, lotions, gels and pastes contain plastics. 

Look out for these microplastic ingredients: Polyethylene / Polythene (PE), Polypropylene (PP), Polyethylene terephthalate (PET), Polymethyl methacrylate (PMMA), Nylon or Polytetrafluoroethylene (PTFE). 

Microplastics are tiny bits of plastic. These end up in the sea where they gather toxins on their surface before being ingested by zooplankton and other animals, which in turn are eaten by creatures further up the food chain - and ultimately, us. 

Find out which brands have already pledged to remove microplastics at http://news.scubatravel.co.uk/plastics-in-luxury-body-care.html
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After success in convincing many retailers to remove microplastics from their washes, scrubs, creams, gels and pastes, the Marine Conservation Society (MCS
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• 30–50% of the cold-water coral reefs found in Norwegian waters have been damaged to an observable extent by trawling.

• In the Mediterranean Sea, 67% of resident marine mammal species, 42% of sharks, rays, and skates and more than 8% of native marine fish species are considered threatened.

• Only 9% of the marine habitats assessments are in ‘favourable conservation status’ compared to 66% in ‘unfavourable conservation status’ (rest unknown).

• Just 2% of of the assessed commercial stocks in Europe’s seas are in ‘good environmental status’. 58% are not in a good environmental state with the status of 40% of stocks not assessed due to lack of data.

• Oxygen depletion in the Baltic Sea is ten times worse than a century ago, with hypoxic areas now covering some 60 000 km2 or 15% of the Baltic Sea. This development is in keeping with the global trend, whereby the area of dead zones due to hypoxia has doubled every decade since 1960s.
http://news.scubatravel.co.uk/state-of-europes-seas-getting-worse.html
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State of Europe's Seas getting Worse
Europe is woefully behind in its ambition of achieving a ‘good environmental status’ of our seas by 2020, according to a report published today by the European Environment Agency.

Only 4% of the marine species and habitats assessed have achieved the 2020 target of ‘good’ status.

A range of human-induced pressures are affecting the state of marine ecosystems directly. These pressures include

Physical loss and damage to the seafloor
- The capture of fish and shellfish
- The introduction of non-indigenous species
- Pollution entering from land and the atmosphere
- Marine litter
- Underwater noise
Some of these pressures are showing signs of improvement. For example, since 2007 fishing pressure has been brought down back to sustainable levels for an increasing number of stocks in the North-East Atlantic Ocean and Baltic Sea.

The report reveals many distressing statistics

- Only 9% of the marine habitats assessments are in ‘favourable conservation status’ compared to 66% in ‘unfavourable conservation status’.

- Just 2% of of the assessed commercial stocks in Europe’s seas are in ‘good environmental status’. 58% are not in a good environmental state with the status of 40% of stocks not assessed due to lack of data.

- In the Mediterranean Sea, 67% of resident marine mammal species, 42% of sharks, rays, and skates and more than 8% of native marine fish species are considered threatened.

- 30–50% of the cold-water coral reefs found in Norwegian waters have been damaged to an observable extent by trawling.

- Oxygen depletion in the Baltic Sea is ten times worse than a century ago, with hypoxic areas now covering some 60 000 km2 or 15% of the Baltic Sea. This development is in keeping with the global trend, whereby the area of dead zones due to hypoxia has doubled every decade since 1960s.
More at
http://news.scubatravel.co.uk/state-of-europes-seas-getting-worse.html
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US authorities charge British pair in scuba diver's death
A tourist's drowning in 2011 on a scuba trip in Key Largo has led to a charge of involuntary manslaughter for the charter boat's British owners - Christopher Jones, 50 and Alison Gracey, 47. 
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Welcome Lalaguna Villas to the SCUBA Travel site
New on the Philippines Diving page is Lalaguna Villas in the world class diving area of Puerto Galera. They offer diving at over 40 renowned dive sites. Check them out at www.scubatravel.co.uk/philippines/diving-philippines.html
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Marine monitoring can save lives at sea
Six research organisations have joined forces to save lives at sea by providing a marine monitoring and forecasting service. 

The consortium, led by the Met Office, has won a European Union funded contract to provide data on currents, temperature, salinity, sea level and biogeochemistry. This will build on five years of developmental work. 

Dr Jason Holt, the National Oceanography Centre (NOC) science lead on the project, and co-chair of the National Partnership for Ocean Predication, said “We are really pleased to be part of this service, which will enable the NOC’s world-leading research on predicting the shelf sea environment to have direct social and economic benefits”.? 

The other partners are; Plymouth Marine Laboratory; Institute of Marine Research, Norway; the Federal Maritime and Hydrographic Agency of Germany and ENVITA. The data they provide will be available free of charge at http://marine.copernicus.eu/, under European North West Shelf Seas. 

http://news.scubatravel.co.uk/marine-monitoring-save-lives-sea.html

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The Marine Conservation Society wants divers to tell them which washes, scrubs, creams, moisturisers, lotions, gels and pastes on their shelves contain plastics. 

Look out for these microplastic ingredients: Polyethylene / Polythene (PE), Polypropylene (PP), Polyethylene terephthalate (PET), Polymethyl methacrylate (PMMA), Nylon or Polytetrafluoroethylene (PTFE). 

Microplastics are tiny bits of plastic. These end up in the sea where they gather toxins on their surface before being ingested by zooplankton and other animals, which in turn are eaten by creatures further up the food chain - and ultimately, us. 

Find out which brands have already pledged to remove microplastics at http://news.scubatravel.co.uk/plastics-in-luxury-body-care.html 
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SCUBA News 180 Now Online
We're looking for new writers for SCUBA News (ISSN 1476-8011) - anyone wishing to contribute an article please get in touch.

The latest issue is now up at http://www.scubatravel.co.uk/scuba-news180.html It includes
- diving Thailand, Indonesia and Sharm El-Sheikh
- should a reader choose PADI or NAUI for a new dive career
- and the more interesting underwater news stories of the past month.  

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