Tuesday, February 18, 2020

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History in the Making: Palm Beach County Welcomes the USS Clamagore as an Artificial Reef

On January 10, 2017, the Palm Beach County Board of Commissioners voted unanimously to approve funding to the tune of $1 million for coordinating the sinking of the USS Clamagore. Funds were garnered from a country trust fund, which was generated from vessel registration fees. The funds will go to a private, Miami-based firm: Artificial Reefs International-USS Clamagore (ARI), which will deploy the 320-foot vessel at a proposed site about three miles from the Juno Beach Pier in about 95 feet of water. The project is currently slated for summer of 2018, and fundraising is reportedly halfway completed.

ScubaNation Delves into Florida’s Cave Diving

Beyond recreational diving is the world of technical: a discipline that demands the utmost skill, dedication, and precision. Going into deeper depths establishes a degree of confidence: expanding horizons in pursuit of greater accomplishments. Cave diving, with its own set of rules and requirements, requires this confidence in spades, and in turn, opens up a unique world between water and earth: places few have even seen. Delving into the blue, scuba diving television program ScubaNation, is sharing the challenges and adrenaline of cave diving in Suwannee County, Florida: an area lauded as one of the greatest cave diving destinations in the entire world.

Orlando Hosts Biggest Diving Event in The World

The showman Walt Disney’s extraordinary success with animation brought great fortune. Disney’s vision saw creation of Disneyland in Anaheim, California. The theme park opened in 1955. With its success Disney planned another park in Lake Buena Vista, Florida. His company purchased some 25,000 acres of what was then swamp and citrus groves. Walt Disney did not live to see the park open....

CMEPS Halifax Biennial Conference on the Biology of Marine Mammals

This report summarizing some of the highlights of the Halifax conference. It is written from the perspective of a conservationist attending a science conference.

OCEARCH – Saving Our Oceans: One White Shark at a Time

White shark Azlyn takes off like a shot as soon as she realizes she is free to return to the ocean! Article and Photos by Gary Lehman  On August 21 Dive News Network had the opportunity to go aboard the marine science ship MV Ocearch, the floating laboratory ocean-saving fortress...

‘Tis the Season of Merriment and a Time to Pay It Forward

The spirit of the season is really a spirit of love, generosity, and kindness. It illuminates a picture into our souls and hearts as we take pause in our busy lives and remember the people around us. It is a time for reflection.

REEF Continues Lionfish Fight with 2018 Derby Series

Venomous, voracious, and altogether vicious, the indo-Pacific red lionfish has plagued coastal waters off the southeastern United States for over a decade: scouring reef environments by rapidly consuming smaller fish and breeding quickly. Lionfish are an invasive, apex predator, and were it not for human intervention, would have full reign over the coast's already delicate ecosystem. Sharing the lionfish plight and encouraging people to protect their waterways is the Reef Environmental Education Foundation (REEF) and its upcoming summertime series centered in Florida: the REEF 2018 Lionfish Derby Series Presented by Whole Foods Market(r).

Overtourism – Is it Hurting Dive Tourism?

Story by Bonnie McKenna Have you ever returned to a place where, a couple of years earlier, you had been diving that blew your mind, and you could not wait to go back? After the first dive on your return trip, you thought to yourself, ‘Gee, I remember the reef looking better...

Visiting the MaST Center

This month, your faithful editorial manager had the pleasure of visiting the Marine and Science Technology (MaST) Center at Highline College off Redondo Beach in Des Moines, Washington. Following my interview with Randy Williams and Jim Trask of the Washington Scuba Alliance (WSA), Randy invited my cousin Hannah and I for a visit and off-hours tour of the facility.

Destination Diving: Duluth to Isle Royale

A major metropolis straddling the southwestern edge of Lake Superior, Duluth, Minnesota is regarded as one of the Midwest’s premiere destinations for scuba exploration and outdoor adventure

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