Recent Articles

  • Unique Dive With A Researcher Program Announced

    The Central Caribbean Marine Institute (CCMI) has announced a limited number of openings in its unique “Dive With a Researcher Program” program. This innovative opportunity provides certified scuba divers with a chance to dive and gather data alongside a working scientist. According to Dr. Carrie Manfrino, President and Director of Research at CCMI, “There is a certain fascination and mystery …Read More »

  • CCD Website Thefts

    The Catalina Conservancy Divers learned recently that a breach of credit card information occurred on their website from 2004 to 2005. Unfortunately, someone at the website designer’s firm accessed credit card information from the site ( and used the information illegally. The individual has been arrested. In 2006, CCD stopped accepting transactions on their website and began to refer participants …Read More »

  • Underwater Hunters Need Respect; Education Needed

    Pick up any dive magazine and chances are you will not find information promoting the take of game fish by divers. Whether it is for “political correctness” to omit such activity in order to sell more magazines, or maintain a certain criteria for advertisers, underwater hunting has been perceived as an undesired, unspoken activity only for the heartless, and uncivilized, …Read More »

  • Agrees With Hunting Guest Editorial

    I enjoyed your article on underwater hunting. The point well made is that everyone is entitled to explore and enjoy the ocean deep. It should also be noted that the fees from our fishing licenses are the greatest financial resource in helping to grow and maintain fish populations in the U.S. As you eloquently stated, we have a stewardship in …Read More »

  • Disagrees With Hunting Editorial

    The only good speargun is broken speargun. If we as divers are to lead the way in ocean conservation and preservation, we need to quit killing fish, plain and simple. Fish are disappearing from our seas faster than ever. With this macho hunter mentality all dive sites will be stripped of fish in just a few more years, except perhaps …Read More »

  • Spanish Shawl, Living Jewel of the Rocky Reef

    One of the most exciting underwater encounters for a Pacific coast scuba diver is to see the brilliantly colored and bizarrely shaped Spanish shawl sea slug. The Spanish shawl is an aeolid nudibranch. These nudibranchs were named after Aeolis, the Greek god of the wind. With its purple, elongated body topped with rows of spiky, orange cerata and two bright …Read More »

  • Shark Angels Expedition a Resounding Success

    Shark Angels Expedition a Resounding Success

    Armed with hours of video footage and photographs from a recent tiger shark expedition in the Caribbean, production of the Shark Angels short feature documentary is well under way. The Shark Angels alliance—consisting of Kim McCoy, Sea Shepherd Conservation Society Executive Director; Julie Andersen, Shark Savers Director; and Alison Kock, Save Our Seas Foundation Head Field Biologist—hopes that this short …Read More »

  • Sanctuary Sam Speaks for New NOAA Program

    NOAA’s National Marine Sanctuary Program today announced the launch of a new national ocean literacy, education, and public awareness campaign featuring Sanctuary Sam, a California sea lion who will be the program’s “spokes-sea lion.” “What Smokey Bear did for our nation’s forests, Sanctuary Sam has the potential to do, making ocean issues real for all Americans,” said Daniel J. Basta, …Read More »

  • Rescue Tape

    Rescue Tape

    Harbor Products announces a successful debut to the diving community of their popular Rescue Tape. Already a highly talked about product amongst boaters, Rescue Tape is making rapid inroads into scuba with its self-fusing silicone tape that works even underwater. “Rescue Tape® has been embraced by boaters in the United States, causing it to be one of the hottest selling …Read More »

  • Better Beach Diving, Part 2

    WATER ENTRY AND EXIT At water’s edge take a moment to again study and time the wave sets. Using the timing you gathered observing before dressing in, you will be timing your passage through the surf zone. Now is the key time to decide on a go or no-go. Remember, nobody ever got hurt from a dive they did not …Read More »

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