Next Dive Club
Outing is the Elephant
Seal Walk at Ana Nuevo March 6th
Of Abalone Season at the Mendocino Cabin
8th and 9th
Bay and Shilshole Get Cleaned Up
People for Puget Sound and the Northwest Strait Commission have begun
a major effort to clean up the waters around Seattle. Derelict fishing
gear is lethal to fish, shellfish, birds and marine mammals; these nets,
lines and crab traps have littered the floor of the Puget Sound since
the 1970s. The most recent project has removed 36 derelict gillnets and
58 derelict crab traps from the waters surrounding Shilshole Bay, including
Jefferson Head and Elliot Bay, and radar revealed 187 more crab traps
in Shilshole Bay and Port Madison. To report derelict fishing gear, the
Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife has a hotline at 800-477-6224.
Divers are warned to not try removing derelict gear due to the risk of
Cressi-sub Buoyancy Compensators
Cressi-sub, in cooperation with the United States Consumer Product
Safety Commission, is advising Consumers to stop using Cressi-sub Buoyancy
Compensators with model numbers J107, J113, J115, J119 (the numbers appear
on the top right hand corner of the unit on the shoulder), immediately
unless otherwise instructed. Slow leakage from the shoulder exhaust caused
by expansion of an internal cable housing may result in slow deflation.
This could result in unexpected buoyancy problems posing a potential risk
to the safety of the diver. Although no incidents have been reported the
company is nonetheless issuing a product recall for the above model numbers.
Cayman Resort Fighting
To Preserve Endangered Groupers
Little Cayman Beach Resort is doing everything in its power to help
the government and conservation scientists save the seriously endangered
Nassau grouper (Epinephelus striatus) and like species...From volunteering
divemasters, to donating enriched air (Nitrox) to the research divers
and removing grouper from their menu, the Gold Palm PADI resort wants
the public to be aware of the grouper's plight. Even their guests will
get into the act during the Grouper spawning season this winter, by recording
species seen on the reef during their dives.
Grouper aggregations and spawning events are a magical experience.
Each winter, for a few days each month, the fish gather an hour before
sunset and take advantage of the full moon's effects. Crystalline eggs
glitter as they rain down from the surface through clouds of sperm, and
the cycle is begun once again. It is a unique display of beauty that leaves
a permanent mark on those who are lucky enough to witness it.
Groupers will migrate over huge distances to join these aggregations.
One Nassau grouper traveled 240 km. to spawn. Sadly, the clock-like timing
of spawning activities makes groupers susceptible to over fishing. The
largest, most mature fish are often caught. This further limits potential
population growth through the removal of mature females, leaving behind
the young females that release fewer eggs for fertilization.
Divers and other concerned citizens have lobbied for increased protection
of groupers. As a result, in December 2003, legislation was passed to
help protect grouper spawning aggregations throughout the Cayman Islands.
This summer the American fisheries officials placed a ban on all commercial
fishing of a number of grouper species, including the Nassau grouper.