zondag 26 mei 2013

Top 10 Most Endangered Fish: Number 6

Winter Skate The winter skate is a fascinating species known to deter predators and stun prey with a quick jolt of electricity. Most are found in the northwest Atlantic Ocean, from the Gulf of St. Lawrence in Canada to North Carolina in the United States. Once thought to be a "trash fish," the winter skate is now harvested and processed into fishmeal and lobster bait, and is even marketed for human consumption. Increased trawling for the species has resulted in the accidental capture of juveniles, which are easily mistaken for smaller, more abundant species. This has led to a staggering population decline among winter skate, which are slow to reach sexual maturity and have few offspring. Experts blame these factors for a 90 percent reduction in mature individuals since the 1970s. This devastating decline has earned the winter skate a critically endangered rating from the IUCN. For more information: http://www.oceans5dive.com

vrijdag 24 mei 2013

Top 10 Most Endangered Fish: Number 7

Orange Roughy Also known as the "slimehead," the orange roughy has a wide-ranging habitat that includes the coasts of New Zealand, Australia, Namibia and the northeast Atlantic Ocean. Its life expectancy is up to 149 years, and it reaches sexual maturation age between 20 and 32 years, making it the epitome of a species inherently vulnerable to overfishing. The pressure of overfishing is amplified by fishermen's tendency to trawl for orange roughy when the fish congregate to feed and breed. The resulting catches wipe out generations. Though the IUCN hasn't reviewed this species to determine if it is endangered, a number of other organizations have recognized the significant decline in its numbers after only 25 years of commercial harvesting. Bycatch Bycatch are sea creatures caught unintentionally. This can either be ocean dwellers other than the desired species or juveniles of the desired species. More information: http://www.oceans5dive.com

Top 10 Most Endangered Fish: Number 8

Acadian Redfish This species of North Atlantic fish grows to about 20 inches in length and can live as long as 50 years. Like other overfished species, the Acadian redfish is slow-growing and reaches reproductive age late -- at about eight or nine years old. Intensive trawling over the last 10 years has led to the smallest yields since commercial fishing of the species commenced in the 1930s. Worse, the Acadian redfish has been subject to pirate fishing, or fishing done in violation of environmental law. For these reasons, the IUCN lists the species as endangered. Trawling Trawling is a fishing technique where a large, deep net is pulled behind a boat. Often this net drags on the ocean floor, stirring up sediment and altering seafloor habitat. The effects of trawling can actually be seen on satellite images taken from space. More Info: http://www.oceans5dive.com

Top 10 Most Endangered Fish: Number 9

Beluga Sturgeon While the beluga sturgeon is popular for its fillets, its eggs, known as "true caviar," are regarded as a delicacy. Native to the Caspian Sea, these ancient fish can grow to 15 feet in length, weigh more than a ton and live to be 100 years old. Due to the popularity of their eggs, they're heavily overfished -- typically with gill nets. This particularly problematic because this species that doesn't reach sexual maturity until 20 or 25 years of age. In addition to fishing pressures, beluga sturgeon suffer from habitat reduction, having lost 90 percent of their historic spawning grounds over the past several decades. Because of these pressures, the IUCN classified the beluga sturgeon as endangered, and the population is expected to continue its decline. Gill Nets Gill nets are nets that sit like a fence on the ocean floor. When a fish that is tcoo big to swim through the net tries to swim back out, it gets caught by the gills.

Top 10 Most Endangered Fish, number 10

Altantic Halibut Found in the North Atlantic Ocean, the Atlantic halibut is the largest of the flat fish species. Boasting a 50-year lifespan, it can reach a length of 9 feet and weigh up to 1,000 pounds. But because this slow-growing fish doesn't become sexually mature until it's 10 to 14 years old, it's particularly susceptible to overfishing. While Atlantic halibut are normally caught with hooks-and-lines, they're often caught as bycatch in bottom trawl fisheries. The IUCN classifies them as endangered, and their numbers are not expected recover in the near future. This has prompted the United States to ban Atlantic halibut fishing in its coastal waters.

Certificate of Excellence of Tripadvisor

Thank you all Guests, staff, management, friends, family and all we forgot.... TripAdvisor is delighted to recognize Oceans 5 Dive Resort , Gili Islands, Indonesia with a 2013 Certificate of Excellence!!!

donderdag 16 mei 2013

New Padi Course Director on the Gili Islands

Oceans 5 dive resort located on the Gili Islands, Indonesia, has a new Padi Course Director in the House. Sander finished his Padi Course director course the 24th of April 2013. After a carreer of 8 years as dive instructor, Sander wanted to teach people to become a Padi dive instructor. Last April Sander went to the Padi Course Director Course (CDTC) in Malaysia. It were 10 intensive days, but the reward was there Sander is now official a Padi Course Director. He will be Course Director at Oceans 5 dive resort located on Gili Air, Lombok, Indonesia. Oceans 5 dive resort has now 2 active Padi Course Directors, Camille Lemmens and Sander Buis. This makes Oceans 5 dive resort unique in the Gili Islands. Oceans 5 dive resort will conduct every month Padi Instructor Development courses (IDCs) and Master Scuba Diver Trainer (MSDT) courses.

Facts about Fusiliers

Fusilier These streamlined blue and yellow fish are found around coral reefs where they feed on zooplankton. Statistics They are approximately 40cm in length. Physical Description This silvery-blue fish has a fusiform, streamlined body, long dorsal fin and a forked tail. Some species have yellow or pink markings. All have small eyes and a tiny, distensible mouth. Closely related to snappers. Distribution They are found in Indian and West Pacific oceans. Around the Gili Islands you will find them at Sharkpoint, Halik, Soraya, Deep Turbo etc. Habitat They inhabit coastal areas, mainly near coral reefs. Diet Unlike their predatory relatives, the snappers, fusiliers are plantivores. They form large, mid-water feeding schools. Behaviour These schooling fish are often found around cleaning stations or along reef slopes. At night they shelter within the reef.

woensdag 8 mei 2013

Reef clean up around Gili islands

a href="http://www.oceans5dive.com/blog/wp-content/uploads/2013/02/P1000666.jpg"> Another amazing underwater beach clean-up at Oceans 5 Dive resort Gili Air. Every Wednesday, the Oceans 5 team mobilizes to clean Gili air's harbor. We include our lovely divers into the experience and give them the possibility to do something for the ocean. Our ocean needs us! Take action! Every day tons of our daily life trash makes its way to the ocean.

zaterdag 4 mei 2013

Tomorrow movie night at Oceans 5: The end of the line

Tuna is a multi- billion dollar global industry! It feeds million of people, it supports livelihoods and sustains economies in many marine areas. We are located in the Coral triangle, which is one of the most important places in the world for tuna,  tuna reproduces and migrates through the coral triangle. Commercially important species such as yellowfin, skipjack and bigeye tuna all come from this region.