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Support DFG Wardens with Stamp

The 2010 California DFG Warden Stamp can now be purchased for $5 at DFG regional and license offices, or by mailing in an order form. All proceeds will be deposited into a special account and used to provide important tools for California’s 385 DFG wardens, including communications and surveillance devices, protective equipment, training, and the K-9 program. Wardens work hard to educate those they encounter in the outdoors, as well as school children in the classroom, about the importance of resource conservation, pollution prevention, and […]

Angel Editorial Responses

Cdn: As a dive store employee, avid photographer and former hunter, your recent article “One Less Angel. Who Cares?” struck me as I have experienced a similar event with a cabezon.  Although not as majestic as an angel shark, I had the pleasure of spending some time photographing a very cooperative subject only to see it dead on the boat after the dive.  Although there exists the possibility it was another cabezon, I was sickened that most likely the fish I interacted with was now […]

Volunteer Docents Needed for Cabrillo Marine Aquarium

Applications are now being accepted for volunteer spring docents at the Cabrillo Marine Aquarium. Volunteers will be trained as docents providing school children with information about the ocean and conducting related activities on Cabrillo Beach and adjacent grass areas. Qualifications include a desire to learn about marine animals and the ocean environment and an interest in children. Docents are asked to commit to work one morning per week from 9 a.m. to 12:30 p.m., Tuesday through Friday, April 6 through June 11. Training sessions will […]

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 […]

Underwater Easter Egg Hunt

Once again the Easter Bunny has been seen scuba diving near the underwater canyon at La Jolla Shores. He always likes to get a head start for the Annual San Diego Dive Club Underwater Easter Egg Hunt and Pancake Breakfast. All divers and their families are invited to participate in the Easter Egg Hunt and share a great breakfast of pancakes, served piping hot with sausage or bacon, and hot coffee, cocoa and juice. Breakfast will be served from 8:00 a.m. to noon. The Underwater […]

Wreck Divers’ Banquet To Feature Shipwreck Explorer

Veteran shipwreck explorer Gary Gentile will be the guest speaker at the California Wreck Divers’ annual banquet to be held in March 2010, in El Segundo, California. Gary Gentile has discovered over 40 shipwrecks in his illustrious career. He has written over 52 books and published over 3,000 photographs. During the banquet, Gentile will share his experiences exploring the Lusitania; the luxury liner sank by a German U-boat that helped bring the United States into World War I. The banquet will be held at the […]

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) […]

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