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Yao Ming Releases Message Against Shark Fin Soup

NBA star Yao Ming has released a new public service announcement and billboard campaign in China with international conservation group WildAid and Shark Savers. The message shows Yao in a restaurant with a giant aquarium being offered shark fin soup. Yao looks into the aquarium and sees real footage of a live tawny nurse shark dumped on an Indonesian reef with its fins removed to supply the soup trade. Yao and his fellow diners promptly push away the soup. The new multi-media and grassroots campaign […]

Malibu Divers Introduce Over 100 Girl Scouts to Diving

Realizing that encouraging young women to become involved in scuba diving is vital to the future of the diving industry, related businesses and the marine environment, Malibu Divers started its new Girl Scout-based initiative in 2008 with its Try Scuba Diving Program at Pepperdine University in Malibu, CA. Malibu Divers’ Try Scuba Diving Program has been attended by over 100 girl scouts from Santa Clarita to San Pedro, representing troops across all of Greater Los Angeles. During the day’s event the scouts met with and […]

Scripps Scientists to Develop Swarms of Miniature Robotic Ocean Explorers

In an effort to plug gaps of knowledge about key ocean processes, scientists at Scripps Institution of Oceanography at UC San Diego have been awarded nearly $1 million from the National Science Foundation to develop a new breed of ocean-probing instruments. These “drifters” are designed assist in research on areas ranging from marine protected areas to harmful algal blooms. Scripps researchers Jules Jaffe and Peter Franks will be spearheading an effort to design and deploy autonomous underwater explorers, or AUEs, which will trace fine details […]

California Ships to Reefs Offers Alternative for Ship Disposal to Obama Administration

California Ships to Reefs (CSTR) has come forth with a statement affirming that the recent decision by the Obama administration to clean derelict military ships in San Francisco Bay before disposing of them is an important, positive first step. But the organization continued by saying preparing them for sinking and using them to create artificial reefs will provide a more environmentally sound solution with robust economic benefits. In late October, the administration directed that two of the vessels of the Suisun Bay Reserve Fleet (SBRF) […]

Ocean Encounters Breath-Hold Diving Expeditions and Training Now Available

If you thought breath-hold diving was exclusive to a privileged few highly trained individuals, think again. Ocean Encounters founders Fred Buyle and William Winram will take you places you never dreamed of diving. Both avid world-class breath-hold divers, they have taken it upon themselves to share their passion for the underwater world with the rest of us. They will bring breath-hold diving courses to your door, take you on live-aboard freediving cruises and organize expeditions for the chance to breath-hold dive in the company of […]

Bluefin Tuna Images Needed

Ocean Defenders Alliance is looking for underwater video and still footage of Bluefin Tuna that will be used for a promotional video. The Southern Bluefin Tuna are destined to be extinct by 2012, according to scientists. This video aims to inform people throughout the world of the plight of these animals and offer solutions to stop the destruction. To read more about this issue, go to the link www.seashepherd.org/news-and-media/editorial-091127-1.html. Ocean Defenders Alliance cannot afford to pay for the images but will give photo credit. Contact […]

Volunteer Divers Needed for California Rock Reef Surveys

You and your dive buddy can help ensure the long-term sustainability of California’s rocky reefs. The Reef Check Foundation invites experienced divers to become trained in their California rocky reef monitoring program. Since 2005, Reef Check’s California (RCCA) Program has trained over 350 experienced recreational scuba divers to scientifically monitor California’s rocky reef ecosystem at 70 sites from Humboldt to San Diego. The program’s goal is to create an educated network of citizen-scientist divers that helps to improve marine management by providing decision makers with […]

Jana Strain Sets New Freediving Record

In the final heat for constant no fins at the AIDA World Championships, Jana Strain set another Pan American record and claimed a bronze medal with a strong dive to 54M (177 feet), completed in two minutes and thirteen seconds. She broke her own existing Record of 53 meters (174 feet) set in September 7, 2009. “This was an incredible way to end 2009. Today, I celebrated my birthday and had a wonderful dive. I was slightly concerned during my warm up because one of […]

Operation S.E.R.V.E. Kickoff A Success

With a lone bugler playing taps in a frosty but beautiful November Saturday morning at Veteran’s Park in Redondo Beach and full color guard hoisting the Star Spangled banner and OP serve colors, the Operation S.E.R.V.E. team kicked off its first celebration in which it hopes to have many more to follow. Operation Scuba Education & Rehabilitation for Veterans Empowerment (Operation S.E.R.V.E.) is a non-profit tax-exempt (501-C3) pending national organization chartered in the state of California. Operation S.E.R.V.E’ s purpose is to empower our returning […]

OMS Recalls Buoyancy Control Systems

Molding variations in this part as used in the OMS Buoyancy Control System (BCS) could cause cracking or breakage of part, resulting in rapid loss of buoyancy, creating a potential drowning hazard. Incidents/Injuries: There have been reported of 19 failures. These failures were discovered during inspection, with no reports of injuries or death. There are a total of 19,790 BCS Seal Rings (Item # BCA 500) installed in 5730 BCS mfg’d from May 11, 2006 through August 1, 2007. While this variation is not present […]

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