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Author Archives: Niels

Menjangan Cleanup Great Success

From December 1st – 3rd the Blue Season Bali internship team went to Menjangan for a 3 day beach cleanup.  After our arrival in the Menjangan Resort and a very generous lunch we cleaned up the area around the small Blue Season dive center. Good to know was that the area around the helicopter pad was still clean after our last cleanup! … Continue reading »

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Updated CoralWatch survey results

The latest CoralWatch results are now available! Over the past months we have surveyed 8 different locations in Bali. We have analysed  over 2000 seperate coral colonies during our 41 surveys. The composition of each reef can be found below. For more information about the health of those reefs, have a look at this document or send … Continue reading »

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Marine Reserves benefit fisheries

Marine Reserves An international team of scientists has gathered the first conclusive evidence that marine reserves can help restock exploited fish populations on neighbouring reefs which are open to both commercial and recreational fishing. The groundbreaking study was carried out in the Keppel Island group on Australia’s Great Barrier Reef by researchers from the ARC … Continue reading »

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Cone snail venom for treating type 2 diabetes?

Cone snail venom Scientists have long known that cone snail venom has a great potential for drug discovery. The individual components of cone snail venom, known as conopeptides, are the primary target for drug manufacturers due to their unique properties. One of the first commercial cone snail conopeptides brought to market as a drug is … Continue reading »

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Menjangan cleanup

Menjangan National Park In the north west of Bali lies a remote part of the island called West Bali National Park. Famous for its deer and endemic birds, the park is still not frequently visited by tourists from the South of Bali. However, Blue Season Bali runs a very small dive center right in the heart … Continue reading »

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World Ocean Day beach cleanup and Project AWARE fundraiser.

Teaming up for our Ocean Planet Blue Season Bali and Crystal Divers Bali are joining forces with some help from PADI, Project AWARE and Divemasters Bali to support ocean conservation and celebrate World Ocean Day! The 2012 theme is Youth: the Next Wave for Change. World Ocean Day Beach Cleanup During the daytime (from 930 to 1130am), we will be conducting a beach cleanup with 100s of … Continue reading »

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One-quarter of grouper species fished to extinction

Groupers Groupers, a family of fishes often found in coral reefs and prized for their quality of flesh, are facing critical threats to their survival. As part of the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN) Species Survival Commission, a team of scientists has spent the past ten years assessing the status of 163 grouper … Continue reading »

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Weird relations: the sea cucumber and pearlfish

The sea cucumber and the pearlfish You might have heard of the commensal / parasitic relationship that pearlfish have with sea cucumbers, but how many of you have actually seen a pearlfish enter its host cucumber through the anus where it hangs out most of the time? Pearlfish Pearlfish (family Carapidae) are scaleless, their bodies are somewhat … Continue reading »

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Phage therapy Phage therapy is the use of bacteria-specific viruses (called bacteriophages) for treating bacterial infections. Bacteriophages are very bacteria specific (more so than antibiotics) and can be highly effective in instances where antibiotics are not practical, such as in open systems like the ocean. In addition, coral immune systems are restricted adaptive meaning that immunization with …

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Plankton Plankton – any drifting organism in the aquatic or freshwater environment. Plankton are incredibly important for the oceans (and terrestrial) food chains as they for the basis for all aquatic animals. Plankton are primarily divided into three functional (or trophic) levels: Phytoplankton (from Greek phyton, or plant), autotrophic, prokaryotic or eukaryotic algae that live near the water surface where there is sufficient light to …

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