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News and Articles 2007 archive

China Dive Exhibition 2008
China Dive Exhibition (CDEX) is the only international dive expo in the largest consumer market of the world. Returning to Shanghai in 2008, CDEX takes you on a new journay into Chinese dive industry after a successful CDEX07 in Beijing. (Dec 11, 07)

Indonesia's polluted environment threatens Hawksbill Turtle
In December, nations will gather on the Indonesian island of Bali to discuss ways to deal with global warming and environmental damage. Indonesia is in many ways a test case for those efforts. (Nov 28, 07)

Fish vanishing from Southeast Asian oceans
Southeast Asia's oceans are fast running out of fish, putting the livelihoods of up to 100 million people at risk and increasing the need for governments to support the maintenance of fish stocks, an Australian expert said. (Nov 15, 07)

Philippines bans fishing to revive its biggest reef
The Philippines has tightened laws banning fishing and collecting of species on the country's largest coral reef to help it recover from near destruction. (Oct 4, 07)

Chinese poachers caught in the Philippines with endangered marine turtles
Local authorities patrolling the Sulu Archipelago in the southwest Philippines apprehended a Chinese fishing vessel with a cache of illegally caught marine turtles. (Sep 17, 07)

Indo-Pacific coral reef loss at unprecedented levels
Pacific coral reefs are dying at an unprecedented rate, scientists have found. Almost 600 square miles of reef have disappeared every year since the late 1960s - twice the rate of rainforest loss. (Aug 8, 07)

Over 5,000 crown of thorns starfish collected in Philippines
A countrywide drive in the Philippines to stop an infestation of coral-eating starfish has resulted in the removal of thousands of crown of thorns starfish (COTS) within the vicinity of the largest coral reef in the country and the second largest in the world, the Apo Reef in Sablayan, Occidental Mindoro. (Jul 5, 07)

Whaleshark draws tourists to remote corner of Philippines
The enormous grey whale shark glides effortlessly in the murky waters off Donsol in the eastern Philippines, its distinctive pale yellow spotted back and fins clearly visible as excited tourists prepare to enter the water from nearby outrigger canoes. (Jul 05, 07)

Verde Island diving... a gem in the Philippines
Philippines' Verde Island diving is a location where you can enjoy awesome scuba diving and when not on a dive wander the beach and discover pieces of porcelain from a Spanish Galleon shipwrecked centuries before. (Jun 29, 07)

Malaysia International Dive Expo 2007 held in July
The Malaysia International Dive Expo (MIDE) 2007 is a trade, consumer and conservation exhibition event gearing up for the second year at Putra World Trade Centre (PWTC), from the 6th to 8th July 2007. (Jun 14, 07)

300 year old coral found off Japanese coast
A huge coral mound thought to be about 300 years old has been found off the coast of Azuchi-Oshima Island near Hirado, local officials said. (Jun 14, 07)

Vietnam dive spot Nha Trang rapidly losing coral
With Vietnam's scuba diving capital of Nha Trang hosting a week-long maritime festival, a local marine biology expert said Tuesday the area could lose all of its coral within 30 years. (Jun 14, 07)

Diving the undiscovered reefs of Wakatobi
Situated in a small archipelago just Southeast of Sulawesi, a large Amoeba shaped island in the center of Indonesia, Wakatobi is truly a slice of paradise in the middle of nowhere. (Jun 12, 07)

Rare ancient Coelacanth caught in Indonesia
An Indonesian fisherman hooked a rare coelacanth, a species once thought as extinct as dinosaurs, and briefly kept the "living fossil" alive in a quarantined pool. (May 29, 07)

Dive photographers discover the delights of the Lembeh Strait
The world's full of triangles. There's the Golden Triangle, the Triangle of the Bermudas…and then of course, most relevant of all to us divers, there's the Macrolife Triangle, that blissful figure made up by the Malaysian islands of Lankayan and Kapalai and – at the northern tip of the Indonesian island of Sulawesi – the Strait of Lembeh. (May 23, 07)

Taiwan to ban whale shark consumption trade by 2008
Taiwan will ban the harvest and sale of whale sharks beginning in 2008, a decision that could have repercussions at the Georgia Aquarium and other facilities where the world's largest fish are displayed. (May 23, 07)

Wreck exploration project to go ahead in Japan
On the 2nd September 2006 the famous first class luxury liner Stella Polaris sank off the coast of Kushimoto, Japan. The ship sank to a depth of 72 meters, and has never been dived by commercial or scuba divers. (May 18, 07)

Reef protection project underway at Tioman island
Some 130 divers joined Regent of Pahang Tengku Abdullah Sultan Ahmad Shah to build artificial reefs near Soyak Island, one of the eight surrounding islands here, to protect and preserve marine life recently. (Apr 30, 07)

Malaysia to fix up famed dive island
Malaysia's Sipadan island, widely regarded as one of the world's top dive sites, is set to get a face lift, a senior official said, following criticism that its facilities were falling into disrepair. (Apr 26, 07)

Predator starfish threaten coral reefs in the Philippines
An infestation of the predatory crown-of-thorns starfish is decimating large tracts of coral reef throughout the Philippines. (Apr 12, 07)

Chinese appetite for reef fish emptying Asian seas
Turquoise fish with red dots stare at hungry tourists from a tank at a restaurant in Hong Kong, the capital of the world's live reef fish industry, a lucrative trade devastating reefs across the Pacific Ocean. (Apr 11, 07)

Turtle hatchery established in North Sulawesi
The North Sulawesi Watersports Association (NSWA) has long been aware that the Sea Turtles, which are attracted to the long sandy beaches of Bunaken Marine Park on Indonesia's Siladen Island, are on the brink of extinction. (Apr 10, 07)

Chinese turtle poachers apprehended in Malaysia
Malaysian authorities have seized several Chinese fishing boats off the northern coast of Borneo carrying cargoes of endangered marine turtles. (Apr 9, 07)

Divers escape Solomon Islands tsunami
Witnesses say it was like a huge explosion - a magnitude 8.0 earthquake and tsunami that hit the Solomon Islands in the South Pacific. Officials say at least 13 people were killed, but they expect that number to go up. (Apr 3, 07)

Taiwan sets up turtle reserve on disputed island
A green turtle reserve has been established on a disputed South China Sea island where fishing boats from surrounding nations hunt the endangered species, a local official said on Monday 12th. (Mar 13, 07)

Malaysian police seize Borneo 'bombed' fish haul
Malaysian marine police seized about 500kg of suspected bombed fish from a Bajau Filipino fisherman near the Safma market, Kota Kinabalu, on Tuesday 6th. (Mar 8, 07)

Saipan dive shop sued over diver death in bad weather
A Japanese man filed a lawsuit in federal court against a dive shop over the death of his daughter who underwent a scuba diving course held during bad weather at the Grotto dive site in Marpi two years ago. (Mar 8, 07)

Rare primitive shark captured on film in Japanese waters
A species of shark rarely seen alive because its natural habitat is 600 metres or more under the sea was captured on film by staff at a Japanese marine park this week. (Jan 25, 07)

Chinese marine poachers jailed in the Philippines
Rangers of a world-renowned marine park won a victory on Monday when 30 Chinese fishermen were apprehended for poaching protected fish species and were brought to the provincial jail in Puerto Princesa. (Jan 4, 07)

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