Opinions

Aquarium of the Pacific To Offer Diving In Their Palau Aquarium

Want to dive Palau with perfect visibility and conditions and a guarantee of seeing thousands of animals but without the major travel expenses? You can do this and more without having to leave the states. For the first-time ever, general certified divers are now invited to dive into the Aquarium of the Pacific’s largest exhibit. Guests will have the opportunity to journey into the warm, 350,000-gallon Tropical Reef Habitat to meet more than 2,000 tropical animals, including an olive Ridley sea turtle, bonnethead and zebra […]

Truth Aquatics Vessels to be at SCUBA Show

The entire Truth Aquatics boat fleet will be brought out from Santa Barbara to Long Beach to be on display during the SCUBA Show. All three boats will be docked directly across from the convention center at Rainbow Harbor. This is your opportunity to see the boats, meet the crew, and sign up for great prizes. The vessels will be open from 12 p.m. to 6 p.m. Saturday and Sunday. The Vision will stay in Long Beach the following week for local Channel Islands dive […]

Disagrees with Editorial on Harbor Seals at Children’s Pool Dive Site

In an article dated March 29th, the secretary of the San Diego Council of Divers wrote about how a major dive site can be lost to divers and the public. I honestly have to disagree with the author as access to the mentioned reef is certainly available. Simply because the reef is currently not accessible via the beach at the Children’s Pool in no way prohibits divers from this area. Divers can and do enter from South Casa beach in order to dive the aforementioned […]

Joe Liburdi Named a Legend

Joe Liburdi has been named a legend by The International Legends of Diving, a nonprofit organization dedicated to honoring those men and women who have shaped the history of diving and helped inspire others.  The International Legends of Diving has recognized such notable diving legends as Zale Parry, Neal Watson, Dottie Frazier, Bob Meistrell, and Dan Orr. Joe, an underwater photographer, educator, and dive retailer for nearly 60 years, just celebrated his 80th birthday and is working six days a week in his new dive […]

SCUBA Show 2010 Preview

May 15th and 16th mark the return of the SCUBA Show, America’s largest consumer dive expo, to the Long Beach Convention Center. This event features over 200 different exhibitors in 76,000 square feet, where you can find new and revolutionary dive gear, travel specials, and get face time with dive experts in almost every field.Notable items for this year include:* Wyland Paints with Kids* Special Guest Speaker Stan Waterman* $38,000 in Door Prizes* Over 60 Scuba Manufacturers* Over 100 Scuba Travel LocationsEXHIBITSThe SCUBA Show features […]

Drug Smugglers Wreck on Santa Rosa Island

A team of federal agents from the U.S. Department of Homeland Security arrested four Mexican citizens and seized over a ton of marijuana after sighting vessel wreckage strung along a beach on Santa Rosa Island A U.S. Navy helicopter reported sighting a Mexican panga of a type typically used for smuggling narcotics and aliens in the Southern California region about 46 miles west of Pt. Loma on the night of March 4. 

 On March 6, U.S. Customs and Border Protection marine interdiction agents on […]

How Do You Confront a Poacher?

CDN: On a recent dive I confronted a diver from our boat that was removing lobsters from a trap. However, it later occurred to me that it might be difficult to prosecute such an offense via the DFG for the following reasons:– Reliably identifying a diver underwater, with dive gear obscuring many facial features,– Proof! How to prove that the lobsters in the possession of the diver were in fact taken from a lobster trap and further,– What if the diver releases the lobster before […]

Cabrillo Marine Aquarium Wins Award

Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS), the primary source of federal support for the nation’s 123,000 libraries and 17,500 museums, has selected Cabrillo Marine Aquarium as a recipient of the “Connecting to Collections Bookshelf Award.” Anne-Imelda Radice, Director of IMLS, announced that 33 institutions with living collections were selected after participating in a competitive application process. Of the awardees, Cabrillo Marine Aquarium (CMA) stands alone as the only aquarium to be selected. More than half (19) of the institutions selected for the Bookshelf Award […]

Divers Alert Network (DAN) Announces Affiliation with UCSD

In an ongoing quest to provide the diving community with outstanding medical support, DAN has announced an addition to its quality services with a new affiliation with the Diving and Hyperbaric Medicine Department at the University of California at San Diego (UCSD). With over 25 years of experience treating dive injuries, the faculty at UCSD is among the most experienced in the country. “We are extremely pleased to announce an additional university affiliation with experts in diving medicine at the UCSD Medical Center,” said Nick […]

Dive Boat Review: Sundiver Express

“I feel the need for speed!” is the line in the hit movie Top Gun. And sometimes I feel that way on my dive trips. As much as I love the ocean I would rather spend more time IN it than ON it. Sundiver Express provides divers with just that opportunity. This dive charter boat was built for speed and it delivers. Travel time from its home port in Alamitos Bay in Long Beach to Catalina Island is only about 75 minutes. With this you […]

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