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CITES Turns the Tide for Shark Conservation: Breakthrough at CoP19

On the 4th day of the first week of the World Wildlife Conference in Panama, countries have voted to protect nearly 100 shark and ray species. The increased protections mean the shark fin trade – an industry responsible for the killing of millions of sharks every year – will finally be regulated and limited. At the …

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“Diving Inspires Conservation”, an Interview with Diving Manager Mauro Jije

As a dive manager and marine operations manager, Mauro Jije is at the heart of every day action at the station. Whether it’s an expedition out to open ocean, diving with sharks during a course or managing remote island marine logistics; Mauro rolls up his sleeves and gets it done. His passion for the ocean …

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Spectacular Humpback Whale Behaviour Prior to Returning to their Feeding Grounds

Bazaruto Seascape is part of the ocean basin that is home to a considerable diversity of marine mammals. It is for a reason that in 1979 the Indian Ocean was designated as a whale sanctuary by the International Whaling Commission, and it’s been evident ever since that the decision was right and timely, as by …

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Interns Spotlight: Giulia Cortinovis & Hollie French

Marine Science Program interns Hollie and Giulia contributed to BCSS for four weeks, diving into the world of marine science through lectures, scuba diving the Bazaruto Archipelago, assisting with megafauna observations and participating in marine debris collections. As Giulia is currently studying for a master’s degree in marine sciences and Hollie is a medical lab …

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Dr. Mario Lebrato’s lectures for the Ocean University of China

Oceanographer and well-published scientist, Dr. Mario Lebrato, was invited to lecture at the Ocean University of China, located in Qingdao, as part of the university’s International Summer Course last month. Additionally, and as a member of the panel formed by professors and politicians, Mario discussed various topics via Zoom under the overarching theme “Global Climate …

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Now Available: Our Half-Yearly Marine Debris Report

In partnership with African Parks, BCSS collects marine debris at five carefully selected locations on Benguerra Island. The data gathered from the collections conducted from January until the end of June have been analysed and are now accessible through our half-yearly report. The team has spent a total of 72 hours at the sites, collecting marine debris …

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5 Reasons Why You Should Join our Dive Master Internship Program

Are you considering becoming a PADI Professional? Our Dive Master Internship enables you to transform your passion into your career. Located in the heart of the Bazaruto Archipelago on Benguerra Island, our dive centre will enable you to dive coral reefs that are home to over 2000 fish species, while encountering megafauna like manta rays, …

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Karen Bowles Interviewed by AISM to Inspire Children to Learn More About The Ocean

Our Research Manager, Karen Bowles, was recently interviewed by the American International School of Mozambique (AISM) in the light of World Oceans Day last month. Aimed at the students aged 5-18 years old, Karen speaks about the BCSS Ocean Observatory, gathering data through fieldwork, our relationship with the ocean and providing data to scientists and …

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The Role of Humpback Whales in the Bazaruto Archipelago

This article is written by Iris Uijttewaal, with contributive information provided by Katya Kalashnikova. July marks the start of humpback whale (Megaptera novaeangliae) season in the Bazaruto Archipelago, with two individuals already observed off Benguerra Island. As a cosmopolitan species, humpbacks travel thousands of miles, covering all oceans and undertake extensive annual migrations from high-latitude …

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