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Your Support is Needed to Stop Shark Finning

It is difficult to get the news these days and not be overwhelmed with information documenting the continual decline of the health of our oceans. Over fishing, pollution, oil spills, climate change all contribute to the problem, and it sometimes seems so vast a problem that it may be unsolvable. Yet, there is hope; and each of you reading this can now do something that will make a big difference for one group of animals–sharks. To help protect sharks, California Assemblymen Paul Fong and Jared […]

Orange County Dana Point Underwater Cleanup — May 14

Saturday May 14th – 8:00am-NOON Dana Point Harbor is looking for volunteer divers to scour a section of the harbor bottom for lost or discarded items.  Participating divers must possess current Open Water or equivalent Dive Certification. Registration fee $20. Participants will receive: * An event T-shirt in appreciation. * Continental Breakfast and Lunch.   * Prizes for unusual items. To Register Contact:  Dana Point Marina Co. 949-496-6137 Beach Cities Scuba 949-443-3858

Dr. Bill Bushing to receive the California Scuba Service Award

The California Scuba Service award was created in 1989 and is awarded annually by Saint Brendan Corp., home of California Diving News and the SCUBA Show, to recognize those that have made long-term positive contributions to the California sport diving community. This year’s honoree is Dr. Bill Bushing, affectionately known simply as “Dr. Bill” among the diving community. Dr. Bill began diving in 1961. He has logged thousands of dives mostly in Southern California waters for research and educational purposes. He has published over 450 […]

Pocket Weights for BCDs

Pocket Weights are a new way of weight management for integrated BCDs. The plastic coated weights slide easily in and out of BCD pockets easily and smoothly. They are created in dimensions that fit almost all the major manufacturers’ BCDs. Pocket Weights feature a mild curve that gently hugs the torso without deforming the pocket. A molded in handle is large enough to accommodate fingers in 7mm gloves. The rectangular weights come is 4, 5, 7 and 10-pound sizes. Pocket Weights also manufactures slotted trim […]

Poacher Busted Three Times in Three Weeks

A San Francisco man was recently caught poaching abalone during the closed season for the third time in three weeks. The last arrest came on February 19, 2011, when game wardens from the California Department of Fish and Game (DFG) arrested Qiong Wang, 31, for felony conspiracy and take of abalone for commercial purposes, among other charges. Wardens also arrested Wang’s companion, David Trevors, 28, of San Francisco, on similar charges. On February 2, an officer from the Petaluma Police Department contacted Wang and Trevors […]

Chamber Day/Evening 2011

Registration is now underway for the 23rd annual Chamber Day (to be held on Wednesday, May 4th this year). Chamber Day is a fund-raiser for the Catalina Hyperbaric Chamber, and is the largest single-day scuba charity event in the United States. The Catalina Chamber is dedicated strictly to the treatment of diving accidents on a continual basis. Having the chamber available gives divers a vital safety net in the event something should go wrong with your dive. Although there is a grant from L.A. County, […]

Aggressor and Dancer Team Up with Big Animals

World-renowned photographer Amos Nachoum (Big Animals Expeditions) has teamed up with Aggressor Fleet and Dancer Fleet to provide unparalleled photographic expeditions worldwide. Big Animals Expeditions is an adventure company that prides itself on creating epic wildlife adventures for their participants. Every year the bold guests on the Big Animals Expeditions get up close and personal with the most exciting and rarest animals on the planet in order to capture the photographic memories of a lifetime. The teaming of these industry leaders into a marketing partnership […]

Research Volunteers Needed at Aquarium

Applications are now being accepted for grunion research volunteers at the Cabrillo Marine Aquarium (CMA). Participants will join CMA as scientific assistants for handling grunion, setting up field equipment, monitoring procedures, and laboratory techniques in the Grunion Research Program. Volunteers must be able to handle heavy equipment, get wet in the ocean for shallow wading, and be willing to work nights, possibly as late as 1 a.m.  Those under 18 must have permission from a parent or guardian to participate. Cabrillo Marine Aquarium is located […]

Kelpfest — April 16

Kelpfest will be held on Saturday April 16, 2011 on Main Beach in Laguna Beach from 9 a.m.–5 p.m. The Festival was started in 2010 with an aim to “Celebrate Giant Kelp and culture an appreciation for this important ecosystem in the community.” Students from all over Orange County who are involved in the Orange County Ocean Restoration Project put on the event. For the last nine years, students have been growing the kelp in their classrooms to restore it along the coast. This year, […]

Bluewater Starts Monthly Photo Contest

Bluewater Photo has just launched their first monthly photo theme contest on the Bluewater Photo Facebook page. This is a free contest that anyone can enter. Everyone is welcome to submit a photo and vote.  Each month will have a new theme with prizes. To stay up to date become a “fan” of Bluewater on their latest contests. This month’s contest runs through March 31st. Check it out at www.facebook.com/bluewaterphoto.

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