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  • James Stewart Honored with Lifetime Achievement Award

    James Stewart, chief diving officer emeritus at Scripps Institution of Oceanography at UC San Diego, has been awarded the 2008 American Academy of Underwater Sciences (AAUS) Scientific Diving Lifetime Achievement Award. From 1960 until his retirement in 1991, Stewart managed Scripps’ diving operations, the oldest and largest nongovernmental research diving program in the United States. Under his guidance, the program …Read More »

  • California Ships To Reefs Loses Two Key Ships to Reef Champions

    Milt Beard passed quietly on December 17, 2008 after a long battle with cancer. Many people will remember Milt for all his hard work on Project Yukon, the 366-foot Canadian destroyer sunk off San Diego. Milt was responsible for cutting virtually all the holes in Yukon with a gas torch. Milt was a long time member of the San Diego …Read More »

  • What to Do When the Sea Turns on You

    What to Do When the Sea Turns on You

    Dive long enough, with multiple dives under your belt, and sooner or later the sea will turn on you. Surprises will happen. Seas will suddenly come up, the wind will shift, currents will change 180 degrees, and surf will rise unexpectedly. Then you will find yourself in a difficult if not scary situation. First and foremost, be prepared. Have a …Read More »

  • March 17 is Deadline for SCUBA Show Film Festival Submissions

    Assemble now your best underwater video film footage for the SCUBA Show 2009 underwater film festival. The 22nd annual SCUBA Show is the largest dive expo of its type in the U.S. and this year takes place May 30-31 (the weekend after Memorial Day) at the Long Beach Convention Center. One of the most popular portions of the annual Southern …Read More »

  • Cabrillo Marine Aquarium Needs Volunteer Docents

    Cabrillo Marine Aquarium is in need of volunteer docents for this Spring. Volunteers will be trained to provide 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 …Read More »

  • Suunto Cobra3 and Vyper Air Dive Computers

    Suunto, a global market leader in dive computers (distributed in the USA by Aqua Lung), has introduced the new Suunto Cobra3 and Suunto Vyper Air dive computers. Built on the heritage and tested solutions of their predecessors, Suunto Cobra2 and Suunto Vyper2, Suunto has developed each computer to better meet the needs of dive enthusiasts. The Suunto Cobra3 and Suunto …Read More »

  • Force Fin Wings

    Force Fin Wings

    Force Fins has added new “wings” accessories for several models of its popular fins, the Diamond Clear Whiskers and Sharks’ Teeth. With a hardness rating of Durometer 78, shore hardness D, the Diamond Clear material feels as rigid as steel yet the material is 95 percent clear. Additional new crystal colors include Clear (Diamond Clear), Amber Yellow, Sapphire Blue, Smoke …Read More »

  • NOAA Grants Endangered Species Status to Black Abalone

    NOAA Grants Endangered Species Status to Black Abalone

    NOAA’s Fisheries Service today determined black abalone, an edible marine mollusk, should be listed as endangered under the Endangered Species Act. The ruling took effect on February 13, and comes one year after the fisheries service proposed to list the species. Once harvested for food, black abalone were plentiful in intertidal waters along the Pacific coast. The species was harvested …Read More »

  • Wolf-Eels: When is an eel, not an eel?

    Wolf-Eels: When is an eel, not an eel?

    I descended down a sheer granite wall, following a narrow, but ever widening crack. The crack was full of life and the critters I discovered became increasing larger as I neared the bottom. At the widest point I flashed my light back into the darkness, and one of the most hideous faces in the ocean stared back at me, a …Read More »

  • Deadly Abandoned Net Removed by Volunteer Divers

    Deadly Abandoned Net Removed by Volunteer Divers

    On January 10 and 11, 2009 a group of expertly trained volunteer scuba divers led by the Ocean Defenders Alliance (ODA) removed much of a large derelict fishing net sunk off Catalina Island, that was responsible for the death of dozens of protected marine mammals. If left in the ocean, many more animals would have suffered the same fate. The …Read More »

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