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"Naxos, Paros, Kalymnos, Leros are the four Greek islands of the South Aegean Region that are part of the approved Strategic Plan of the South Aegean Region for the construction of diving parks.

The Monitoring Committee of the Interreg V-A Greece-Cyprus Cooperation Program 2014-2020, during its 4th meeting on 14/9/2017 in Lesbos, has approved seven strategic projects including the project “An.Di.Kat.: Diving routes in Maritime Protected Areas Regions of the Eastern Mediterranean – Development of a Diving Tourism Network “.

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Posted on September 15, 2017 - 10:44am, by abrown
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Via The Guardian

A vessel carrying 2,500 tonnes of fuel oil and marine gas sunk on Sunday off of Salamína island, and the resulting oil spill has hit popular beaches and bays in Athens’ Argo-Saronic gulf. It has been described as an ecological disaster.

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Posted on September 12, 2017 - 10:26am, by nwehner
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Via Oceana

"Oceana’s investigation exposes unlawful fishing by EU-flagged vessels from Greece, Italy, Portugal and Spain, and calls for global reforms to increase transparency in international fisheries governance"

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"The Department of Fisheries and Aquaculture and the Department of Biology at the University of Malta are taking part in an international research project called ‘Marine Protected Areas Network Towards Sustainable Fisheries in the Central Mediterranean’ (Mantis). The project aims to protect habitats that are critical for commercial species and identify measures to minimise adverse fishing impacts in areas where juveniles of commercial species aggregate.

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"Mass tourism is disturbing whales and other cetaceans struggling to live peaceably in their surroundings. Collisions with ships have been an issue for some time already - but now, tourists are wanting to swim with them. Environmental and animal rights groups have successfully raised awareness over the negative impacts of keeping marine mammals in aquariums and zoos - but now cetaceans are at risk even in their own wild surroundings.

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"The combination of overfishing and an unprofitable fleet is starting to become a frequent occurrence in the Mediterranean. It may sound contradictory, since logic would seem to dictate that the more you fish, the more you earn, but the reality is that the consequences of reaching a certain level of overfishing has an impact on people.

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"Maltese researchers have joined forces with experts from Italy, Croatia and a number of international institutions to investigate the impact of marine protected areas on fish stocks.

The initiative aims to address issues which have emerged following the decision to use larger mesh trawls to avoid catching juveniles of certain species, like hake (merluzz) and red mullet (trilja).

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"The IUCN- Centre for Mediterranean Cooperation (IUCN-Med) in collaboration with ENALIA Physis Environmental Research Centre will hold a first workshop addressing marine invasive species management in Cypriot MPAs. This meeting will take place in Cyprus close to Cape Greco MPA from October 24-27th. 

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"Malta, 31 May 2017 – Representatives of European Member States, the European Commission marine specialists and stakeholders convened with IUCN and the Environment & Resources Authority - on behalf of the Maltese Presidency of the Council of the EU - to discuss the protection of European seas and oceans and to share first hand experiences of the opportunities and challenges of protecting Europe’s marine environment.

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