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  • Using Digital ISO for Great Underwater Images

    Those of us who grew up photographically on film were ingrained — no pun intended — in the intricacies of ASA and ISO (a.k.a. film speed) because it made a difference in picture quality, as well as what we could shoot. Simply put, when we were dealing with film, “speed” really referred to the size of the silver halide crystals …Read More »

  • Diving is a Social Activity

    One of my favorite sayings is, “Always dive with a buddy… It is more fun that way!” Diving is, or at least it should be, a social activity. You can try to tell somebody just how really big that Giant Black Sea Bass was, but it is so much better for you to share with fellow divers your mutual feelings …Read More »

  • No Halibut

    Hey guys, I’ve been diving heavily in the central Cal area since ‘86 with thousands of dives at Port San Luis, Tajiguas (near Refugio) and at Refugio beach. Hunting halibut has always been my “specialty” and I have been very successful at always finding the fish. Until the last few years, starting about four to five years ago, I could …Read More »

  • “The Biology Behind the Limits” Exhibit Now at Cabrillo Marine Aquarium

    An interesting exhibit on California fishing regulations will be on display at the Cabrillo Marine Aquarium (CMA) in San Pedro through January 4, 2009. Several drawings of popular animals fished in our coastal waters help to explain fishing regulations, bag and size limits, gear, and time restrictions. One regulation states that the California Spiny Lobster is limited to seven per …Read More »

  • Survey to Find Economic Incentive for Protecting Ocean Resources

    Oceana has released a new survey that finds a strong economic incentive for protecting living ocean resources. Sea the Value: Quantifying the Value of Marine Life to Divers shows that scuba divers are willing to pay more to see healthy corals, sharks and sea turtles. As part of the study, scuba divers were asked the maximum amount of money they …Read More »

  • San Diego Oceans Foundation Dive-A-Thon Raises $27,227

    San Diego Oceans Foundation Dive-A-Thon Raises $27,227

    During the month of August, 50 SCUBA divers spent nearly 30,000 minutes underwater and raised $27,227 in support of the San Diego Oceans Foundation (SDOF). The annual SDOF dive-a-thon is very similar to a walk-a-thon in that divers seek pledges and donations from family and friends. Each minute spent under water and each dollar raised has a point value. With …Read More »

  • Sustainable Fisheries Guide Available for Sushi Lovers

    Sushi lovers nationwide now have a way to make seafood choices that please the palate and safeguard the world’s ocean wildlife. Three leading ocean conservation organizations—Blue Ocean Institute, Environmental Defense Fund and the Monterey Bay Aquarium—have now made available to the public color-coded consumer guides ranking popular sushi selections based on whether they are prepared using seafood that’s caught or …Read More »

  • ROV to Continue Research of Marine Protected Areas

    The California Department of Fish and Game (DFG) began its fourth season of remotely operated vehicle (ROV)-based assessments of the northern Channel Islands. “The research program focuses on evaluating the marine protected areas (MPAs) implemented in 2004 under the Marine Life Protection Act,” said Konstantin Karpov, DFG senior biologist and project manager. “The key to our study is having a …Read More »

  • Stop Complaining and Get Warm

    Spend enough time on dive boats and you’ll see what will shut down diving quickly. It usually happens right after the second or third dive. Diving stops because they can’t control their shivering — “t-t-too c-c-c-cold,” the complaints flow. Stop complaining and do something about it. Cold and its effects (hypothermia) can be stopped! Furthermore, the effects of cold can …Read More »

  • Lessen Your Lead

    We divers wear lead on nearly every dive to counteract buoyancy contributed by dive gear (usually from thermal protection) or our bodies or a combination of both. If we are going to stay underwater to explore underwater, we need to wear lead. But less is better. Not only do you reduce the amount of sheer grunt effort in having to …Read More »

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