Saturday evening on December 20th
at Catherine and David's house in the Oakland Hills
From our friends at he DFG:
Carrie Wilson is a marine biologist with the California Department
of Fish and Game. Her DFG-related question and answer column appears weekly
Question: Are you allowed to lure lobsters out of a hole with a piece of sardine in your hand?
Answer: Sure, you can give it a try, but I don't know how successful you'll be. The law says that skin and SCUBA divers may take crustaceans by the use of the hands only and may not possess any hooked device while diving or attempting to dive for them (Section 29.80). There is no prohibition against waving snacks in front of them.
Ghana's 'miracle': Logging underwater forests for exotic timber
ACCRA (AFP) Ghana, which is running short of forests to chop down, is about to turn to the dead trees underneath its Lake Volta as a new source of exotic timber, one of its top export earners. Lake Volta, one of the world's largest artificial lakes, is expected to yield millions of dollars worth of timber in what is set to be Africa's biggest-ever underwater logging of what was thought to be lost forests. Experts say Ghana's forest cover has shrunk to about a quarter of its 1960 size due to over-logging and poaching. Underwater logging is seen as a novelty in the quest to save the west African nation's overland forests. The venture is expected to help fight global climate change by sparing the living trees that are needed to absorb carbon.
Ghana's Forestry Services chief Owusu Abebrese asserts that this harvesting of submarine timber is the first of its kind in Africa.
Timber is Ghana's fourth export earner -- after gold, cocoa and tourism, with the majority of the wood heading to Europe.
In September, the European Union inked a landmark deal with Ghana to fight illegal timber exports from the west African country which will see shipments of uncertified timber being turned away from the EU.
SCUBA Diving in Utah's Desert
Three warm spring-fed pools, from 13 to 62 feet deep, are open to divers and stocked with thousands of fish, including two nurse sharks. Equipment rentals, SCUBA lessons and certification are available. Children are allowed with adult supervision; the minimum age for scuba diving is 8.
Visibility is the Achilles' heel at Bonneville Seabase. Desert storms, wind, blooming algae and thousands of stirring fish make a mix that some days resembles pea soup. On my dive, visibility was about four and a half feet; the best days, according to Ms. Nelson, let sunlight cut 20 feet through the water.