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Leave Only Footprints: The Last Straw in our Dependency on Plastic

While some articles dive into terrifying statistics about the impact plastic straws make on the accumulating rubbish filling the landfills and our waterways other articles offer us a slightly different picture. One statistic making rounds on social media state that if all the straws in the world ended up in the ocean it would account for 0.03 percent of...

PUNK No. 999,999

Article By John Christopher Fine  Veteran Scuba Instructor and Course Director Fred Calhoun’s remark, made more than forty years ago during an instructor institute, still makes me smile every time I think about it. “Call it G.U.P.I.E. for Greatest Underwater Professional Instructor Ever.” Well, Fred’s words, mocking the proliferation of diver certification agencies, that...

Sharks, Reefs, Marine Habitats

The history of life on this blue planet has been one of the interaction between the living and their environs. For the most part, the environment shaped the physical formation of the plants and animals and how they interact; humans have also, in part, help shape this interaction. Considering the time this planet has taken to evolve, billions of years, and the incredible events that have taken place with everything from asteroids to volcanic eruptions to an ice age and now melting poles, she will continue to exist well into the future. Considering the time the planet has been “our earth” the environment , in terms of years, has little effect on those plants and species it helps mold. One species; however, has impacted our blue planet with far greater influence than the environment, to alter the course of the life it is surrounded by, human species.

UAC Shares Diving Diversity at Calgary Conference

A beloved tradition for Albertan aqua explorers and friends abroad, the Divescapes Conference and Exhibition is continuing to share the wonders of the life aquatic with its latest iteration. Taking place October 19 to 21, 2018 at the Commonwealth Centre in NE Calgary, the show offers a diverse assortment of features and topics, ranging from gear exhibitions and presentations to workshops and meet-and-greets.

Washington Scuba Alliance Unveils Ongoing Improvement Projects

Since 1992, the Washington Scuba Alliance (WSA) has been committed to empowering waterways throughout the Evergreen State with scuba explorers in mind. A non-profit organization made up of experts in the community, WSA is a group always on the go: encouraging divers to try out their cold water neighborhoods while improving and establishing local dive destinations.

Chasing Dreams, Near Far – Wherever They Are…

Renata Rojas and Her Quest for Her Titanic! By Gary Lehman Renata Rojas is the former president of NYC’s venerable scuba dive club The New York City Sea Gypsies™, and banking executive, as well as member of NYC’s Explorers Club.  She is also one of the mission specialists aboard submersible research vessel Titan,...

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).

KEY LARGO AND VICINITY AFTER HURRICANE IRMA

By John Christopher Fine “Yeah, that’s right. I want more.” Famous lines spoken by Rocco in a classic film staring Humphrey Bogart and Edward G. Robinson. The gangster, Rocco, stranded at a Key Largo resort during a hurricane, became a tyrant. Winds howled, ocean waves crashed upon the island as Hollywood created artificial fury...

30th Anniversary Salish Sea Ecosystem Conference

Seattle hosted the 30th Annual Salish Sea Conference, a trans-boundary initiative to focus on the Salish Sea that is shared by Canada and the United States. This conference respects that the ocean knows no borders and that conservation requires a combined effort on both sides of our modern borders. This conference also respects the indigenous peoples who inhabited this area historically. Long before the settlers arrived, this part of the Pacific Northwest held a thriving ocean.

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...

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