The Weekly Dive Vol. 10
Dive into the latest edition of The Weekly Dive, where we bring you the big ocean news - along with the video update!
Mike DeGruy and Andrew Wight died in a helicopter crash outside Sydney, Australia. They were called two of the deep-sea community’s finest in a statement from National Geographic and James Cameron. The team at OWOO sends their condolances to the family and friends of the two respected filmmakers, who were leaders in ocean exploration and conservation. [National Geopgraphic]
New supergiant deep sea crustacean. A new species of amphipod was pulled up from one of the deepest points in the ocean, the Kermadec Trench in the South Pacific. While most amphipods grow to just 2-3cm long, this 34cm “supergiant” is the largest amphipod yet discovered. [BBC]
Tuna conservation group bans shark finning. The International Seafood Sustainability Foundation prohibited its members dealing with vessels or companies that do not have a public policy against shark finning. It’s not the last word in shark conservation - China has yet to ban the practice - but the ISSF ban is a step towards limiting suppliers of shark fins. [ISSF, Los Angeles Times]
Sunken treasure worth $3Billion? Treasure hunters in Maine believe they’ve discovered 71 tons of platinum in a shipwreck east of Cape Cod, and are preparing to salvage it from the Port Nicholson, a British vessel sunk by the Germans during WWII. [CBS Boston]
Atlantic sturgeon makes Endangered Species List. The once prized source of caviar will received higher protections as a result of being declared endangered by NOAA. The IUCN has listed Atlantic sturgeon as near threatened, two grades below endangered, since its last assessment in 2006, and it lists numerous other sturgeon species as critically endangered. The prehistoric fish suffers from overfishing and loss of much of its freshwater spawning grounds. [The Washington Post, IUCN]
Hidden incentive drives whale trade in South Korea. Despite a whaling ban there, trade in accidentally-caught whales is still permitted, and has boomed in recent years. In the past decade, 33% of the world’s accidental cetacean deaths have occurred in South Korean waters. [Fish Update]
Prince Charles says sustainable fishing makes money. A study by the Prince’s International Sustainability Unit (ISU) concluded that with improved management, world fisheries can be restored to health and productivity. He quoted a World Bank estimate that worldwide fisheries, if better managed, would contribute $50billion more to global GDP than they currently do.
Sustainability on Super Bowl Sunday. Conservation isn’t a common theme in the widely viewed ads that run during the Super Bowl, but a partnership between SeaWeb and NBC Bay Area resulted in this beautiful video, which aired during the game and is intended to draw attention to the beauty, and the plight, of the ocean.