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Diadema Response Network: Concerns for Diadema – your help is needed

Diadema Response Network: Concerns for Diadema – your help is needed

The Caribbean may be facing another widespread die-off of sea urchins. Diadema antillarum, also known as the long-spined sea urchin, is one of the most important herbivores on Caribbean coral reefs, removing algae and maintaining open space for coral growth. In mid-February 2022, we first learned of extensive.. click READ MORE reference: AGRRA … Read entire article »

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DEMA 2020 in New Orleans Announcement

DEMA 2020 in New Orleans Announcement

The DEMA Board of Directors has determined that, for the safety and financial well-being of DEMA Attendees and Exhibitors, DEMA Show 2020 will not take place this November in New Orleans. DEMA Show 2020 Exhibitors who have made a payment(s) toward their exhibit space can specify, by submitting the form below, which of the following options they would prefer in regards to these funds. The following options are for exhibitors who have already made payments towards … Read entire article »

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Missing diver Cozumel, MX

Missing diver Cozumel, MX

Lost diver by playa rocks in Cozumel. Missing diver in Cozumel. Cozumel.- Cameron Donaldson, Sports Diver with extensive experience based on the island was reported missing by his own mother with whom he was diving this afternoon through the area of playa las rocks, North of the city. Port authorities coordinated by the ensar of the secretariat of Marina (Semar) Armada of Mexico already lead the search for it, although the alert was passed to anyone who … Read entire article »

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Suunto settles lawsuit

  IF YOU PREVIOUSLY PURCHASED A NEW SUUNTO DIVE COMPUTER IN THE UNITED STATES, A SETTLEMENT HAS BEEN REACHED THAT MAY AFFECT YOUR RIGHTS. What is this lawsuit about? A settlement has been reached in a class action lawsuit against Suunto Oy (“Suunto”) and Aqua Lung America, Inc. (“Aqua Lung”) (together, “Defendants”) concerning certain Suunto Dive Computers. Those purchasers included in the Settlement have legal rights and options and deadlines by which they must exercise them. Who is included? You may be included in the Settlement if you purchased new in the United States one or more of the following models of Suunto Dive Computers that were manufactured from January 1, 2006 through August 10, 2018: Cobra, Cobra 2, Cobra 3, Cobra 3 Black, Vyper, Vyper Novo, Vyper 2, Vyper Air, HelO2, Gekko, Vytec, Vytec … Read entire article »

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Six Reasons Why You Should Not Swim with Wild Spinner Dolphins

  Would you swim with wild spinner dolphins if you knew that they were trying to sleep? Swimmers and boats that come to visit wild spinner dolphins close to shore during the day could be disturbing their rest and potentially harming them. Wild spinner dolphins feed off-shore at night and return to sheltered bays and coastlines during the day to rest, socialize, tend to their young, and avoid predators. Continue Reading More HERE     … Read entire article »

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Shearwater Voluntary Recall Notice – Yellow Transmitters

Shearwater Research is voluntarily issuing a recall for yellow wireless transmitters. We discovered yellow transmitters may have the same transmission interval as the one found in grey transmitters. When transmitters of both colors are used by the same diver in the same dive, signal interference could be produced between transmitters causing dropped signals and loss of communications. Although the chance of this occurring is small, the potential is there. Continue Reading the Article Here … Read entire article »

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Reef Assassin Act

House of Representatives Passes Congressman Matt Gaetz’s “Reef Assassin Act” Amendment to H.R. 200 July 12, 2018 Press Release Washington, D.C. — The U.S. House of Representatives yesterday unanimously passed Congressman Matt Gaetz’s (FL-01) “Reef Assassin Act” amendment to H.R. 200, the Strengthening Fishing Communities and Increasing Flexibility in Fisheries Management Act. The amendment will encourage the elimination of lionfish from our waters. It allows individuals to trade 100 harvested lionfish tails for one tag authorizing fishing for coveted reef fish: red snapper, gag grouper, triggerfish, and amberjack. The lionfish population has exploded over the last three decades; they can now be found throughout the Atlantic coast, the Bahamas, and the Gulf of Mexico. A single female lionfish releases 30,000 eggs every two to four days — two million eggs per year. Lionfish harm … Read entire article »

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Bonnier Corp. to stop printing 5 magazines

  Magazine publisher Bonnier Corp., which has an office in Winter Park, plans to stop printing several of its special-interest magazines. The print edition of (READ MORE HERE) … Read entire article »

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SAFETY ALERT

Gas cylinders manufactured from aluminum alloy 6351-T6 Safety Alert | 25/10/2016 This safety alert highlights the risks associated with filling gas cylinders manufactured from aluminum alloy 6351-T6 and updates a previous SafeWork NSW (formerly WorkCover NSW) 2009 safety alert. To read more click HERE   … Read entire article »

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AQUA LUNG RECALL NOTICE

Safety Notice Select Powerline Inflators Aqua Lung is conducting a voluntary product update of select Powerline inflators. Powerline inflators are found on all Aqua Lung Buoyancy Compensators and the Apeks Black Ice Buoyancy Compensator. If you have purchased an Aqua Lung BCD/Apeks Black Ice since January 1, 2015, it will need to be inspected to determine if it meets the specific criteria and requires updating. Aqua Lung is concerned that a failure may occur during a dive, causing the Powerline to continue inflating after the inflation button has been released, increasing the potential of an uncontrolled ascent. While there have been reports of this occurring underwater, there have not been any reported injuries, and Aqua Lung believes that a voluntary safety notice is the safe and prudent thing to do. Follow the hyperlink … Read entire article »

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RECALL – Scubapro Recalls Dive Computers Due to Serious Injury Hazard

Hazard: A short circuit allows the dive computer’s screen to freeze or display inaccurate information, posing a risk of serious injury to a diver underwater, including decompression sickness. Remedy: View Details Replace Consumer Contact: Scubapro at 800-790-3757 from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. PT Monday through Friday or online at www.scubapro.com and click on “Galileo Recall” for more information Report an Incident Involving this Product Recall Details … Read entire article »

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Aladin Square recall – 2014

Aladin Square recall – 2014

Johnson Outdoors Diving, the company that owns Scubapro, announced a recall on Friday of 204 Aladin Square dive computers which fail to meet the Company’s high-quality standards, potentially posing a risk of decompression sickness. Consumers with Aladin Square computers with serial numbers ending in 003 should stop using the product immediately and return it to their authorized Scubapro dealer for a free replacement. The serial number is stamped in white on the back of the computer, and … Read entire article »

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Obama approves use of sonic cannons to explore for oil and gas off the Eastern Shore

The Obama administration has approved the use of sonic cannons to explore for oil and gas off the Eastern Shore. The Bureau of Ocean Energy Management on Friday formally approved guidelines for using air cannons in the Atlantic Ocean from Florida to Delaware. Energy companies could buy new oil and gas leases and begin drilling in 2018 if they find profitable reserves. The guidelines are meant to protect endangered whales and other creatures from the loud noises and increased vessel traffic, but the government’s environmental impact study estimates that more than 138,000 sea creatures could be harmed. The decision opens an area of the eastern seaboard larger than two Californias to exploration for the first time in decades. … Read entire article »

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NE Florida’s 2nd Annual Lionfish Derby

NE Florida’s 2nd Annual Lionfish Derby

Come on… You know  you love to hate lionfish. To help the state control lionfish population, NE Florida is conducting its 2nd annual lionfish derby. Last years event handed out thousands of dollars in cash awards and more. Be part of this movement. Sign up and join us August 8 for the captains meeting and August 9th for the hunt and harvest. Proceeds benefit the DSAJ (Down Syndrome Association of Jacksonville) and REEF as well as local … Read entire article »

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Expansion of US marine protected zone could double world reserves

  By Matt McGrath Environment correspondent, BBC News The US plans to create the world’s biggest marine protected area (MPA) in the middle of the Pacific Ocean. The White House will extend an existing protected area, known as the Pacific Remote Islands Marine National Monument. Fishing and drilling would be banned from an area that could eventually cover two million sq km. The extended zone would double the world’s fully protected marine reserves. Rare species The Pacific Remote Islands Area is controlled by the US and consists of seven scattered islands, atolls and reefs that lie between Hawaii and American Samoa. Essentially uninhabited, the waters that surround these remote islands are home to a wide range of species including corals, seabirds, sharks and vegetation not found anywhere else in the world. In 2009, President Bush declared … Read entire article »

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Whaling in the Antarctic (Australia v. Japan: New Zealand intervening) – Judgment of 31 March 2014

  Today, The International Court of Justice ruling regarding Japanese whaling in the south seas is illegal. “Japan shall revoke any existant authorisation, permit or licence granted in relation to Jarpa II [research programme] and refrain from granting any further permits in pursuance to the programme,”  Peter Tomka, International Court of Justice’s Judge said on Monday. Since 1988 Japan has slaughtered more than 10,000 whales. A victory for the whales and all those who stood to protect them. April 2013, Japan announced its haul from the Southern Ocean was at a record low by “unforgivable sabotage” by activists from the environmental group, Sea Shepherd. Here is the link to the findings It chronilogically outlines the compant, and the courts findings. … Read entire article »

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