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  • California Dreaming

    California Dreaming

    Summertime is here! That means a lot more Californians will be getting scuba certified and there will be a significant uptick in the number of out-of-state divers that visit California to take advantage of what our local diving has to offer. This increase in diving activity gives me an ideal opportunity to welcome all a lot of new divers to …Read More »

  • SCUBA Show Preview: 26 Years as THE Diving Event of the Year! June 8th & 9th

    America’s largest consumer dive expo at the Long Beach Convention Center June 8 and 9 The event features more than 300 exhibit booths in 76,000 square feet, where you can find new and revolutionary dive gear, worldwide travel destinations, and meet dive experts in almost every field.    EVENT HIGHLIGHTS – Marine artist Rogest will paint four large canvases with …Read More »

  • SCUBA Show Preview: 26 Years as THE Diving Even of the Year!

    SCUBA Show Preview; Our 26th Year as THE Diving Event of the Year! June 8th & 9th  America’s largest consumer dive expo at the Long Beach Convention Center The event features more than 300 exhibit booths in 76,000 square feet, where you can find new and revolutionary dive gear, worldwide travel destinations, and meet dive experts in almost every field.    …Read More »

  • Very Large, Indeed: In Praise of Giant Kelp

    Very Large, Indeed: In Praise of Giant Kelp

    Taxonomists got it right when they assigned giant kelp its Latin name, Macrocystis pyrifera. It is indeed very large in scale, scope and capability. We are lucky, you and I, that giant kelp — the largest kelp in the world — grows off our coast. With sunlight sparkling down through the canopy, swimming through a kelp forest can be summed …Read More »

  • The Chemistry of a Dive Show

    I don’t think that many of us pay attention to how we arrive at our opinions, but they’re often built on first impressions. Having been in the scuba business for quite a while I’ve attended many dive shows. I usually attend to be around the industry and catch up with friends, so my perception of consumer shows is more from …Read More »

  • Dive Gear: Time for Spring Cleaning

    Dive Gear: Time for Spring Cleaning

    By the time this issue of California Diving News reaches your dive center, we’ll be well into springtime, a time of renewal. Days lengthen, temperatures climb and spirits soar. Even long-suffering Chicago Cubs fans will be bursting forth with tiny new buds of optimism. For a lot of divers, spring is the time when gear that hasn’t been used in …Read More »

  • Rocks, Rainbows, Scorpions: A Playful Look at the Scorpaenidae Family

    Rocks, Rainbows, Scorpions: A Playful Look at the Scorpaenidae Family

    Paper covers rock. Scissors cut paper. Rock dulls scissors. You know the game, right? In the California fish version, called “Rocks, Rainbows, Scorpions” the rainbow scorpionfish beats its California scorpionfish cousin, but the rockfish beats ’em both with its “magnificence.” Read on to learn why — and to decide if you agree with the rules of this made-up game. The …Read More »

  • Pretty But Poorly Understood Polyps: Sea Anemones

    Pretty But Poorly Understood Polyps: Sea Anemones

    Among the approximately 10,000 species that belong to the phylum Cnidaria (the ‚ “C” is silent), there are at least 100 that are dangerous to humans. The phylum name means “nettle” in Greek and its members include sea anemones, corals, sea pens, gorgonians, jellyfishes and hydroids. Most of them are carnivores and most have nematocysts, which are used for defense …Read More »

  • Stakeholder Input Requested for New Abalone Regulations

    Stakeholder Input Requested for New Abalone Regulations

    The California Department of Fish and Wildlife (CDFW), formerly known as the California Department of Fish and Game, is seeking stakeholder input regarding regulation options to reduce the take of abalone in 2014.  A key goal of abalone management is to provide for a productive and sustainable fishery. CDFW conducts annual field surveys to assess abalone population status and track …Read More »

  • An Invitation to Share

    An Invitation to Share

    As an underwater photographer, I’m always pleased to see my photos appear in print, but I’m even delighted to share my passion and my imagery with a real-live audience. It doesn’t matter to me whether I’m in a large auditorium with a rockin’ audio and sound system, or projecting a few photos on the wall of a pizza parlor during …Read More »

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