Real-life mermaids of the sea
They are called mermaids: the Haenyeo women divers of Jeju Island in the Republic of Korea. Carrying on a centuries-old tradition, these remarkable women use no modern equipment while serving as guardians of the sea. Now a new generation is inheriting their legacy, which has been recognized by UNESCO as part of the intangible cultural heritage of all humanity.
COVID-19 could help turn the tide on ocean health in Asia-Pacific
The pandemic could help turn the tide on the well-being of oceans in this region, according to a UN report published on May 2020. The study suggests that the temporary shutdown of activities due to the crisis, as well as reduced traffic on the seas and demand for marine resources, could give oceans the “much-needed breathing space” to recover from pollution, overfishing and the impacts of climate change.