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  1. I've been on this trip, the owner is offering a good rate and there is plenty of free time diving. I remember when this disease struck the Caribbean in 1984, within two years the urchins were gone along with their eggs which provided food for juvenile fish. The algae began to grow and within ten years another disease killed off almost all of the acropora coral, I especially miss the giant elkhorns that used to ring St. Croix's southern edge and along Andros too. Best Wishes, Scott Diadema Relocation Trip #3 November 1-7, 2014 just $1,395.00 *A long time ago...an unknown disease basically wiped out the Spiny Sea Urchin, Diadema antillarum. Then a few hurricanes came thru and devastated what was left of the population. This is when we realized what an important part they played in the health of the reefs. These urchins are the most voracious consumers of algae. Without them, the algae grows faster than the coral and takes over, hogging all the space and oxygen. we have found that we can relocate them from rubble areas, where their chance of survival is not good, to reefs that are suffering from algae overgrowth. First we have to prep the area by scraping away some of the algae. If we don't, then the little critters gorge themselves on it and don't do well. It's toxic in large quantities. So our divers will clear the algae first, then collect urchins on a few night dives. Then we can go back and place them in their new homes! check out some photos from the last relocation. Bruce Purdy's recent follow up visit to the Exumas was to examine the algae and urchin population in the areas that were attended to on the May relocation trip. "I made it back to Hole in the Wall this last week. Our re-location was a great success. I shot a video starting north of the mooring and then going through the re-location area. http://youtu.be/cfZGuGxWwqs The video shows nothing but algae for the first 1.27 and then at the mooring is a small bare area, then again at 1:50 is a bare area that lasts until 2:20 when algae again begins to cover everything. Our re-location area was the only bare area on the entire reef. Great effort everyone. I was also able to visit Blacktip wall where we did a re-location in November 2012 and it also showed a bare area." There are 5 spaces left on this specially priced relocation trip. Details: * Boards in Nassau at Noon Nov 1 *Disembarks Nov 7th at 9 am. *Dives the Exuma Cays. *Dive site prep will mean diving the same site a few times each. *Night dives will be for collecting urchins. *Includes all meals, beverages and diving * lowered price to account for repetitive dive sites and your participation in the program. * *Does not include $110 fees for port, park and fuel or grat for crew. Normally $1,595.00 per person plus fees and tip for crew. Be a Diver that Makes a Difference! US Reservations Office: 3700-G Hacienda Blvd. Davie, FL 33314 954.734.7111 toll free 800.327.9600 www.catppalu.com
  2. There's an app for that now: http://www.montereybayaquarium.org/cr/Seaf...sfw_iPhone.aspx Also, the new 2012 fish are on it. I have printed, bought and distributed hundreds of these, people seem to be receptive if I take time to explain the plight of swords or marlin.
  3. I got a nice email reply from the ministry. Looks like they will not kill the sharks unless extreme circumstances warrant: ( I tried to paste the letterhead logo here but it wouldn't paste) Our ref: 26-11303 sglinge@yahoo.com Dear Mr Linge Thank you for your email to the Minister for Fisheries regarding the recent shark incidents at Western Australian beaches. The Minister has requested that I respond to you directly. Western Australia’s Shark Incident Emergency Response Plan was developed to reduce the risk of shark attacks at State beaches. It is managed by the Department of Fisheries and involves several Government agencies, local councils and community groups, including Surf Life Saving WA (SLSWA). The plan not only involves education and awareness activities to offer safety tips for beach users, but also provides a mechanism to pass on early warnings to clear people from the water and close beaches in the event of sightings or other confirmation of shark activity. Some of the strategies to mitigate the risk of shark attacks in WA include the use of life savers watching from beaches, on the water and in the air, Police and Fisheries and Marine Officers ready to respond to emergencies and Fisheries researchers working to better understand sharks’ movements. Following the recent fatalities in WA, the shark hazard strategies were reviewed and several further strategies have now been announced, including funding to support four related research projects. One project will explore correlations between shark sightings and attacks with weather conditions, locations, water temperature and the presence of marine mammals. The existing shark tagging and monitoring program will be extended for another two years and another project will look at the impact of fisheries management on shark numbers. A study of the effectiveness of beach netting will also be undertaken. SLSWA helicopter patrols and beach services will be extended along Perth beaches, to Rottnest Island and to the South West of the State during the summer months. A community engagement strategy and media campaign is being developed and implemented to provide information about avoiding shark hazards. New licensing requirements are being introduced to manage shark cage diving tours. There are currently no such tours operating in WA and any future proposals would need to be carefully considered and regulated. There will also be broader prohibition and higher penalties for fishers who dispose of offal and blood at popular beaches. A Shark Response Unit is also being established, with capabilities to tag sharks and assess technologies like shark repellent devices and community alert systems. Other strategies including the culling of white sharks and the relocation or culling of seal populations were not considered appropriate and will not be adopted. The white shark is a protected species, therefore protocols are in place which allow for a shark to be destroyed only when human life is in imminent danger. These protocols are backed by the measures outlined above, that are designed to minimise the risk posed by sharks. In the event of persons being in imminent danger of shark attack, or if a shark remained in an area for a lengthy period, the Department of Fisheries has the option to “take” the shark, but would only do so under extreme circumstances. The main aim is to remove people from harm’s way, get them out of the water and to wait for the shark to move on. No white sharks have been ‘taken’ to date. Where a white shark is considered to be a threat to the public, attempts are made to mitigate the threat without causing harm to the shark and a decision to destroy a shark is only considered if the threat remains imminent. Thank you for your interest in this matter, I trust this information has been useful. Further information is available online at www.fish.wa.gov.au/shark. Yours sincerely Barbara Sheridan on behalf of Stuart Smith Director General 16 November 2011
  4. I thought I was being smart and bought my MSP-SIN leg of our trip first. Cleverly waiting for the price to drop, then booking a Monday return flight on March 26 at a low rate. I knew I could get a flight to/from SIN-DPS easily since there are about a dozen per day. We have to layover in SIN March 25 because that flight leaves at 6am. So I got lucky, we can fly out of Bali on the 25th. Nyepi lasts from 6am March 23 to 6am March 24 and everything is closed, even the airport! Others can correct me if these dates are incorrect. http://sgholiday.com/calendar/indonesia-pu...-2012-calendar/
  5. Thanks for the replies, Phil and everyone. I will ask my ophthalmologist if I can use the soft lenses. That sound a lot easier than getting a new hard lens in a mask!
  6. Hi Phil, Have you had any problems with salt water getting under the contact lens and causing irritation? I have reached a stage where I can hardly read my camera or gauges just thru my mask so I'm researching solutions. The magnification of the mask seems to compensate for my mild astigmitism and myopia when viewing distant objects underwater. I have dry eyes so am not a candidate for Lasik. Anyone else can chime in here too. Regards, Scott
  7. Please PM if you have such with low hours and no lens or port scratches. Cosmetic scratches are OK. I am willing buy both or separately. Thanks! Scott
  8. Signed the petition - I trust Care2 and hope you can stop this, or at least get it mitigated to save the reefs. I'm going to contact other enviro groups. Thanks for posting.
  9. Done and Done. Thanks Drew for the links! Here's what I wrote: Dear Sir or Madam, Please do not kill the white sharks in coastal areas. Far better to educate the public that certain simple precautions can prevent shark attacks. Best regards, Scott Linge
  10. Which one of you folks shot that photo? I know it had to be WetPixel talent!! It's in the Omega ad, page two but no credit for the photo. Magnificent baitball - an almost perfect sphere.
  11. Nicely done Drew, to keep the topic in front of all that care. One shark saved is, hopefully, 6 pups born later!!
  12. When the opportunity exists among friends, I often mention that sharks are killed at the rate of 95 million per year, mostly for fin and leather, the meat goes to waste in deep water and is not usable by other animals. This is shocking news to most folks living in the landlocked midwestern USA, but they always seem interested in stopping this waste. That's when I hand out the seafood cards and encourage them to join a good conservation group that can speak for thousands of members at once. Now here is a study of the economics of live sharks versus dead ones. Irrefutable evidence for local villagers to keep the sharks alive: http://www.coral.org/node/5317
  13. The authorities never found the reason, simply stated "Accidental Drowning". Florida News I only post this because of being of a certain age where I find it important to learn what causes scuba injuries and death. Since Wes's cause of death is a mystery, or at least the last few minutes was, we will never know how to prevent it, but I have made a vow to take a new safety diver course and stay closer to my buddies. Rest in Peace Wes.
  14. Drew, an outstanding report and beautiful images, thanks! I appreciate your efforts at scientific collaboration and the goal of preserving this unique phenomenon. Keep up the good work! Best regards, Scott
  15. Eric - I can't believe, it! I just starting looking and reading that story last night. This is a profound tragedy, my condolences to his family.
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