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New study estimates manta ray tourism at $140 million Photo

New study estimates manta ray tourism at $140 million

A study published in the Public Library of Science (PLOS) ONE journal has quantified the revenue that is accrued from tourism related activities associated with manta rays. In the 23 countries in which manta ray watching operations met the study’s criteria, direct revenue to dive operators from manta ray dives and snorkels is estimated at over US$73 million annually and direct economic impact, including associated tourism expenditures, at US$140 million annually.

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EU closes finning loophole Photo

EU closes finning loophole

As reported in the forums, the EU has closed a loophole that allowed crews with Special Fishing Permits (SFPs) to continue landing shark fins without the carcass. Up until now, EU vessels have been estimated to be responsible for 27% of the fins in the Hong Kong markets. (Image from Shutterstock)

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Turtle conservationist murdered in Costa Rica Photo

Turtle conservationist murdered in Costa Rica

Conservation International has reported that 26-year-old turtle conservationist Jairo Mora Sandoval was abducted and shot by masked men whilst on his way to patrol the beach of Moin, Costa Rica. The purpose of their patrol was to protect leatherback turtle nests from poachers. (Leatherback turtle image from Shutterstock.)

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Branson brokers deal to protect Caribbean sharks Photo

Branson brokers deal to protect Caribbean sharks

Businessman Sir Richard Branson hosted a conservation meeting of nine Caribbean governments last weekend. Held at the eco resort on Necker Island, the group discussed the “Caribbean Challenge”, which calls for special protected zones along at least 20 per cent of the region’s coasts by 2020. In addition, Branson said: “About 1.5m sharks and rays a week are killed for the Chinese fin and medicinal market. It is the biggest mass killing of any genus. The Caribbean leader here want to set an example by banning shark fishing.”

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Secrets of the narwhal’s tusk revealed Photo

Secrets of the narwhal’s tusk revealed

The function of the curious unicorn-like tusk of the Narwhal (Monodon monoceros) has long been a puzzle to researchers. However, a researcher from the Harvard School of Dental Medicine is to present a paper about the tooth’s function at the 16th Biennial Conference on the Biology of Marine Mammals, writes the Harvard Gazette.

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Coral repair bots seeks funding on Kickstarter Photo

Coral repair bots seeks funding on Kickstarter

A team from Edinburgh’s Heriot-Watt University are hoping to attract crowd-funding via [Kickstarter}(http://www.kickstarter.com/projects/376482095/coral-bots-teams-of-robots-that-repair-coral-reefs) for a project that will produce “coral-bots.” These are autonomous underwater robots that navigate across reefs, assessing damaged sections and transplanting healthy coral into those areas.

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