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Tracking Our Plastic Footprint Lecture — October 1

The huge amount of plastic debris floating in the North Pacific Ocean has received an increase in media attention over the last few years. On Friday, October 1, from 7:30 – 9 p.m. in CMA’s John M. Olguin Auditorium as Charles Moore, authoritative researcher of the “Great Pacific Garbage Patch,” Shelly Moore (Southern California Coastal Water Research Project), Christina Boerger and Gwen Lattin (both Research Biologists, Algalita Marine Research Foundation) talk about their ongoing research on plastics in the ocean along the Southern California coast […]

3Rs Beach Diving Workshop — October 9

Rocks, Reefs and Rips program (3Rs) is a mini-course to familiarize divers with popular beach dive sites and improve beach diving skills. The final session for 2010 will take place October 9 at Nicholas Canyon, northwest Los Angeles County. Instructors will demonstrate and supervise proper surf entry and exit procedures, explain unique aspects of the dive site, and discuss dive condition assessment techniques. Participants are then led on a snorkeling tour of the dive site. (Participants are to wear full wetsuit, mask, fins, snorkel, and […]

Shark ID Questioned: The Response from the Photographer

 Hi,   I haven’t yet seen the CaliforniaDiving News with my photo of what I believed to be a soupfin shark, but I’mtold the identity is up for debate. Here are some other photos to continue yourcomparison, and I also posted a video clip to get another look.http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hpYzirYqk7c.   To me, the eye was too small and the caudal fin was all wrong for itto be a mako.   On the other hand, she was rather beefy and definitely had someteeth on her.   I’ll […]

Dive Boat Review: Raptor

We are a society that seems to be always seeking immediate gratification. Unfortunately, diving usually does not offer that, but with the operation of the dive charter boat Raptor it comes pretty close. Based in Ventura, the easternmost portion of the Channel Islands are just a short distance away for the Raptor. With the Raptor’s speed, sections of Anacapa Island are a mere 40 minutes away, barely enough time for your coffee to get cold, get your gear set up, and your exposure suit on. […]

Underwater Press Conference Marks 10th Anniversary of Yukon Sinking

As an ambitious artificial reef project, the HCMS Yukon was sunk in 2000 off Mission Beach in San Diego. The 366-foot Canadian destroyer has gone on to be a prolific site attracting not just a huge amount of marine life but also thousands of divers that have visited and enjoyed the popular dive location over the last 10 years. Commemorating the 10th anniversary of the sinking of the Yukon, an underwater press conference, the first of its kind in California and possibly the world, was […]

Nor-Cal 2010 Diving Conference — September 25

Sponsored by All About Scuba dive shop in Fairfield, the First Annual Nor-Cal Diving Conference is a one-day event intended to bring the diving public into closer contact with experts in the field. A number of speakers will be giving in-depth presentations of dive gear, free-diving, artificial reefing with ships, computers, and rebreathers. Representatives will be present from TUSA, Waterproof, Aqualung, California Ships To Reefs, and more. The event will take place at Fairfield Inn and Suites in Fairfield. Check-in begins at 6:45 a.m. With […]

San Diego UnderSea Film Exhibition — September 17 and 18

Two extraordinary evenings of undersea videos will highlight the 11th Annual San Diego UnderSea Film Exhibition, which will be held at Qualcomm Hall’s big screen auditorium in San Diego on Friday and Saturday evenings, September 17 and 18th, 2010. Utilizing a state of the art digital projection system, it promises to be an exciting showcase of digital videos, most of them in high definition, by some of the finest underwater videographers from around the world. A different program will be presented each evening beginning at […]

White Shark Warning Issued for Santa Barbara Island

Officials at the Channel Islands National Park have issued the following warning: “Great white sharks have been observed in this area attacking California sea lions. There have been no shark attacks on humans. There have been three attacks on California sea lions by great white sharks in the past few months including one at the Santa Barbara Island Landing Cove and two offshore of Cat Canyon on the southeast side of the island. The public is duly warned to enter the water at their own […]

Online Learning of Underwater Photography and Image Editing Now Available

Now it’s fast and easy to learn underwater photography and image editing 24/7 at your own pace and in the convenience of your own home. The new website www.underwaterphototutorials.com created by photo pros Jack and Sue Drafahl is a unique subscription service offering easy and convenient online underwater photography instruction, as well as tutorials in the use of Adobe Photoshop, Lightroom, and Elements. With more than 35 years of photographic experience and image editing, Jack and Sue, the Digital Duo, make it easy and fun […]

Wardens Step Up Efforts to Stop Abalone Poachers in Sonoma and Mendocino Counties

California game wardens are waging an abalone anti-poaching effort with the aid of prosecutors from Sonoma and Mendocino counties. Poaching, in combination with a significant increase of lawful abalone harvest in both counties, is placing more pressure on the resource than ever.  “Despite our cooperative efforts, the abalone resource is struggling,” said Department of Fish and Game (DFG) Law Enforcement Chief Nancy Foley. “Abalone are being harvested from the two counties–via both legal and illegal means–at an unsustainable rate.” It is never legal to harvest […]

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