Photo and awful, awful pun courtesy of someone who shall remain nameless because i told her I thought it was funny earlier today and now I deeply regret that decision.
Today is a big day in America whether you’re a red diver or a blue one. As people who care about the ocean, we have a chance and responsibility to speak for an ocean that needs our help because it cannot speak for itself. So when you’re out there voting, think about who is going to protect the ocean and who is going to exploit it. Think about who is going to support science-based management and who is going to say “I’m no scientist but…” And finally, think about who is going to champion the ocean for the love of our world on behalf of all humanity. #allvotesmatter
Pretty provocative title isn’t it? I know you were probably expecting our annual opener post where we talk about dive boat etiquette and personal safety but this year I thought I’d try to freak you out. Seems a group of divers in Florida have decided that a really great way to cull the invasive lionfish population is by using modified Glock handguns to clear the reefs. It speaks for itself, reloads, and speaks for itself for a whole second clip. As if you opening night divers didn’t have enough to worry about jumping in the ocean at midnight, now you have to contend with open carry at 60 feet too. Well, enjoy the video and keep an eye out for my upcoming review of the new line of Body Glove Kevlar rash guards. They fit like a glove and can stop rounds down range from an AK-47. They of course come in day-glow orange and green. Now prepare to have your mind blown by not just the video but also by the just god awful music accompanying it.
(Editors note: Please disregard the subjects mentioned in this article, some of the language, and the author in general. Just have a safe and sane opener. See you out there.)
A few months ago, CFD spent some time talking about the importance of divers working as stewards of their own local waters by profiling the Los Angeles Waterkeeper and their Dive Program Manager Ian Jacobson. LAWK divers had just finished their part in a NOAA-funded kelp restoration project in the Los Angeles South Bay and were looking for support and participation for their next project, the removal of sargassum horneri, an invasive algae taking advantage of El Nino warming to run wild all over the Southern California Bight. We’ll, Ian and his divers are in full swing, and with the help of NOAA scientists, are using new technology to remove the devil weed from great swaths of our nearshore rocky reefs. The Los Angeles Daily Breeze recently profiled the efforts of these divers and it’s well worth the read. It’s also a great example of what an impact local citizens can do to directly benefit our nearshore environment. For a chance to help, check out the dive program page at Los Angeles Waterkeeper and find out what you can do . Another link to the article appears below. Just click on the pretty scary picture.
The horneri is as high as an Elephant’s eye! Click on the scary photo by Adam Obaza to see the Daily Breeze article.
Happy World Oceans Day. In our ever changing world, the ocean is one thing that unites us all and she can use our help. Make a difference today. #SeaSaveFoundation, #Oceana, #OceanConservancy, #ReefCheck, #HealtheBay, #LosAngelesWaterkeepers, #GetInspired.
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Another year, another trip to the Long Beach Convention Center for the annual gathering of our local dive community. So much to see and so much to enjoy right? Okay, maybe not so much to enjoy but there are some gems if you take the time to seek them out. So what do you want to look for? Follow us here at CFD as we discuss how you can maximize your scuba show experience.
First off, you should look for innovative new dive products. Seriously. Look for them. I challenge you. No, they’re no there. Or over there. Okay, I jest. There are really no new products. Maybe an innovative water bottle or some new way to clip your mask to your wetsuit in day glow colors. That’s it. Roll outs are usually at industry trade shows so don’t be surprised if you …don’t be surprised? It gets better though.
How does it get better? I’ll tell you. Looking to travel? A dive vacation on the agenda for 2017? You’re home with Scuba Show. The 4 corners of the globe are covered under one large, flat convention center roof. There is something for everybody from local boats with special show packages to long-range excursion trips to tropical atolls. Try checking out Eric Bowman and the Peace dive boat out of Ventura or Keith Sahm with Grand Cayman’s ever popular Sunset House. Both are great operators for the discerning diver.
Looking to do something closer to home that gets you in the water and helps conserve and protect our local waters, then visit the outer netherlands that is non-profit row. Situated outside the convention center floor by the main entrance, this is where you go to find volunteer dive opportunities that can fill you with both dive opportunities and personal self-satisfaction year round. Talk to Ian Jacobson at Los Angeles Waterkeeper or Colleen Wisniewski at the Reef Check Foundation to see how you can make a difference. Both have great diving programs that you’ll be glad to be a part of.
Don’t forget the seminars btw. Lots of good stuff to hear and see. There are all sorts of topics covered from Travel to dive accident analysis. A little bit of something for everybody. Check out Saturday’s schedule for a sample of what might float your personal dive boat.
Finally, don’t forget to say hi to all your old dive friends or maybe, make some future new old dive friends. Catch up over a couple of 8 to 10 dollar LBCC beers and talk about the good old days and better ones to come. This show is really all about community and reconnecting with something pretty special. As for me, look for me on aisle 1. I’ll be the 250 lb man modeling Slipskin dive skins sporting a tiparillo with a sake and soda. You won’t want to miss it but you should.
It’s Earth Day and at least 2/3rds of said Earth is beautiful blue ocean. It’s only appropriate that you get your bass out there and celebrate. It’s also a good time to think about and reflect on the multitude of problems that we are dealing with here in our local waters. So, while you’re tossing back a salutatory cold one remember, that even after your gear is cleaned and put away, a diver’s work is never done. We’ll see you out there.
Won’t somebody think of the divers?
You like looking at fish and don’t really feel like getting wet and then having to clean your gear? If so, then today is the day for you. Bring your c-card and your singular sense of looking at fish and you’re in for a great day. Click on the link below to get directions to a ridiculously large and obvious property in Long Beach that even my four year old can find. GO Go go. It’ll be fun.
Swim like the wind to Diver Day at the Aquarium of the Pacific