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DEMA Activates Disaster Assistance Program

(Blue Ocean Network - October 26, 2015) -- The Diving Equipment & Marketing Association (DEMA) Executive Committee of the Board of Directors has approved the activation of the Disaster Assistance Program to assist DEMA-Member Show Exhibitors and Buyers impacted by Tropical Storm Erika, Hurricanes Joaquin and Patricia, and the severe California wildfire known as the Valley Fire.

Dive Tourism Applaud's Indonesia's Declaration: West Papua as "Conservation Prov

(Blue Ocean - October 19, 2015) -- Today West Papua Governor Abraham Otoruri officially declared West Papua the “Conservation Province“. This is good news for dive tourism in the region as it gives the go-ahead for a ground-breaking new pathway for sustainable development that maintains the region's natural capital.

DEMA Show 2015 is designed for industry professionals.

(Blue Ocean - October 16, 2015) -- DEMA Show 2015 is right around the corner on Nov 4-7, 2015. This year's international trade-exclusive dive industry event will be held at the Orange County Convention Centre in Orlando, Florida. Industry attendees can boost their business and careers with:

Help Brazilian divers create the Albardão National Park

(Blue Ocean Network - October 20, 2015) --  A plethora of scientific studies attest to the importance and urgency to protect Brazil's proposed Albardão National Park, as a living witness to the evolution of Life on Earth. Since 2008 there has been a formal proposal under analysis at the National Biodiversity Institute of Brazil (ICMBio) for the establishment of a protected area in one of the very last wild places of Southern Brazil.

Palau approves marine sanctuary to protect its fish stocks and its dive tourism

(Blue Ocean Network - October 22, 2015) -- After more than a year of debate that involved pressure from fishing and drilling lobbyists, the Micronesian dive destination of Palau has gone ahead to approve the creation of a marine sanctuary twice the size of Mexico.

Women Divers Hall of Fame Welcomes Six New Members in 2016

(Blue Ocean Network - October 26, 2015) -- Dedicated to recognizing and honoring the contributions of women divers, the Women Divers Hall of Fame™ (WDHOF) is proud to announce the selection of six new Members who will constitute the Class of 2016:

• Patti Kirk Gross – Florida
Marine Conservation Educator, Ocean Advocate, Coral Ambassador

• Laura James – Washington
Environmental Advocate, Filmmaker, Public Speaker

• Dawn Kernagis – Florida

Standing-Room Only "Blue The Dive" Meeting expected at DEMA Show 2015

(Blue Ocean Network - October 28, 2015) -- Attendees to the annual DEMA Show 2015 in Orlando Florida November 4-7 should circle their calendars and star their show programs: The 3rd annual Blue The Dive open meeting will be held on Friday November 6 at 10 a.m. in room S310B.

Survey: Troubled waters for Cayman Govt. selling residents on cruiseship pier.

(Blue Ocean Network - September 14, 2015) -- Results from a Department of Environment survey published this week indicates Public sentiment seems to be largely opposed to the Cayman Islands government’s plan to build two new cruise ship piers in George Town on Grand Cayman.

Reef-building Elkhorn Coral is now endangered

(Blue Ocean - October 5, 2015) -- Years of overfishing, boating and environmental degradation are causing coral reefs in the Caribbean—and around the world—to disappear. The erosion threatens not just fish and marine life that are supported by coral ecosystems, but a vast tourism economy that the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) says translates into a nearly $30 billion boost to the global economy.

A Powerful Dive Industry Voice on the International Stage

(Blue Ocean - July 20, 2015) -- When you read a bio like José Truda Palazzo Jr.'s, the head swims. Based in “the backwaters of Brazil,” José Palazzo has shown that, with determination and direction, anyone in any country can reach out to the rest of the world and be heard. At the Blue Ocean Business Summit, which runs June 8 - 21, Palazzo discussed his incredible trajectory that has taken the dive industry into international waters.

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