Recent Articles

  • Dive Boat Etiquette

    Fortunately, I have been doing a lot of California Channel Islands boat diving lately and enjoying it immensely. Not only am I involved in my journalistic activities onboard, I have also have been doing a lot of observations of people’s behavior on dive boats. For the most part, California divers are a very skilled and courteous bunch. On a recent …Read More »

  • Better Fish Portraits

    Better Fish Portraits

    The first step to good fish portraits is finding the subject. Sand and rocky reefs attract different types of fish. Why not get the best of both worlds? Choose a spot where sand meets rock. A low ridge with some kelp is a good sign that there may be fish nearby. It is time to quit searching and allow the …Read More »

  • Domoic Acid Advisory Issued for Consumers of Lobsters and Rock Crabs

    The California Department of Fish and Game (DFG) is warning all consumers of California spiny lobster to eat only the tail meat until further notice. Elevated levels of domoic acid toxin have been found in the viscera of lobster sampled from waters adjacent to the northern Channel Islands. Elevated levels of the toxin have also been detected in recent samples …Read More »

  • IST B-006 Roller Gear Bag

    California divers need a bag that is both light in weight for travel and yet large in capacity and sturdy enough for the demands of California diving. IST has stepped up to meet these demands in the their new B-006 Roller Gear Bag.  This is a large capacity dive bag intended to hold a full set of gear for the …Read More »

  • S.C.A.N. Seeking Members and Volunteers

    Sonoma County Abalone Network (S.C.A.N.) is a non-profit public service Corporation (501-c-3) dedicated to the protection of the north coastal marine environment and the wise management of the abalone resource. The main purpose is that of public education and raising awareness to the abalone resource and the damage that illegal activities (poaching) is causing.  S.C.A.N. is a volunteer partner with …Read More »

  • Riviera Now Diving A.C.E. Wreck

    Just five miles outside Dana Point harbor, the wreck of the A.C.E. has become the popular attraction among advanced divers patronizing the dive charter boat Riviera. The A.C.E. is a 90-foot long commercial bait boat covered by metridium anemones and surrounded by thousands of fish from calico bass to cabezon. Completely intact and reported as diver-friendly, she lies in 114 …Read More »

  • Volunteers Needed For White Sea Bass Project

    Volunteers Needed For White Sea Bass Project

    The King Harbor White Sea Bass (WSB) Grow Out Facility is looking for volunteers to help raise juvenile White Sea Bass. They are located on the SEA Lab property at 1021 N. Harbor Dr. Redondo Beach. The WSB recovery efforts have been going strong for the past decade from San Diego to Santa Barbara through private funding and volunteer efforts. …Read More »

  • Safe Lobster Hunting

    Release the hounds! You animals out there are frothing at the mouth to get after the lobster. “Bugs,” as they are called by serious aficionados, attract hunters from all up and down the coast and far inland because of their delicate rich flavor in the firm white meat of their tail. A bit of melted butter and eating is like …Read More »

  • Underwater Pumpkin Carving and Costume Contest — October 16

    An Underwater Pumpkin Carving and Costume contest will take place at Casino Point, Catalina Island on October 16. And, if you can believe it, there is actually a specialty certification offered! For more information email or call 909-855-5334. FYI: There is also an Underwater Poker Run offered in the same location the next day, October 17. No specialty certification …Read More »

  • 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 …Read More »

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