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  • PADI and The Underwater Channel Announce Partnership

    PADI and The Underwater Channel, which is powered by Babelgum, have announced a new partnership that will bring scuba diving and ocean conservation video content to a global audience on www.padi.com/scuba/video. Babelgum, an established destination for high quality environmental programming and major independent film releases, powers the Underwater Channel. “The Underwater Channel partnership with PADI provides us with an exceptional …Read More »

  • Poachers Threaten Monterey’s Endangered Black Abalone

    California game wardens recently made two new arrests in a series of black abalone poaching cases in Monterey County. The Department of Fish and Game (DFG) arrested Jerry Jones, 37, of Monterey, and Terry Callahan, 47, of Seaside on May 13 after being found in possession of 51 black abalone from Point Lobos State Park. Commercial fishing for black abalone …Read More »

  • Ultra Fast-Dry Towels

    Ultra Fast-Dry Towels

    Discovery Trekking Outfitters (DTO) Ltd. has introduced an Ultra Fast-Dry sports and travel towels. The towels draw moisture around the fibers, dispersing it across the fabric to quickly evaporate. The Discovery Trekking towels dry three-four times faster than others. The new towels contain silver, an effective antimicrobial that kills germs. This discourages bacterial growth and eliminates musty smells associated with …Read More »

  • How to Photograph Sheephead

    How to Photograph Sheephead

    One of the more colorful reef fish of Southern California is the Sheephead (Semicossyphus pulcher). Fairly common, they are a good photo subject for beginning and experienced underwater photographers. Sheephead are an interesting creature. Being a member of the wrasse family, they are related to rock wrasse. Both of these fish are hermaphrodites starting their lives as females and eventually …Read More »

  • 5 Lobster Hunting Secrets

    There are some quite obvious tips for a successful lobster hunt. One includes night diving. Lobster are nocturnal and venture forth from rocky lairs under the cover of darkness. They are much easier to capture when out in the open. Some tips are not as well known. Example: Lobsters swim “backwards” or tail-first. Always bag your lobster tail-first so they …Read More »

  • Close Focus Wide-Angle Photography

    Water is the enemy of underwater photographers. It suspends backscatter-causing particles, removes warm colors, and degrades image sharpness. Photographers try to get as little water as possible between their lenses and their subjects. This is done with specialized equipment—macro lenses and wide-angle lenses. A common technique for producing stunning underwater images is called close focus wide-angle (CFWA) photography. CFWA photographs …Read More »

  • Fishing Licenses Now Available Online

    California sport fishing licenses are now available for purchase online, the Department of Fish and Game (DFG). “The online purchasing option will make it more convenient for our customers to enjoy California’s diverse recreational fishing opportunities,” said John McCamman, Chief Deputy Director. “Anyone who has access to the Internet and a printer can get a license 24 hours a day, …Read More »

  • Fastencil

    Fastencil

    Fastencil is designed to make it possible for anyone to permanently brand their name, with expert results, on all of their fabric scuba gear, such as wetsuits, BCD’s, gear bags, hoods, and more. “On a dive boat or crowded beach, all dive gear looks similar, so it needs a name or ID on it to prevent loss and theft,” said …Read More »

  • San Diego UnderSea Film Exhibition Requests Submissions

    The 10th Annual San Diego UnderSea Film Exhibition is requesting submissions. The film exhibition is scheduled for Friday and Saturday evenings, September 11 and 12, 2008 at Qualcomm Hall located at 5775 Morehouse Drive in San Diego, California. Accepted works will be screened on a state-of-the-art venue on a giant screen. There is no entry fee to submit a film. …Read More »

  • Central and Northern California Marine Biology Course

    City College of San Francisco will offer a semester course in marine biology for divers and non-divers. The class focuses on the marine life in Northern California with special emphasis on identifying common of plants and animals, learning about their life histories, and understanding the interrelationships between marine life and the environment. Students will also be introduced to methods used …Read More »

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