Next Club Outing:
Sunday, July 13th - Halibut diving and Beach Picnic Monterey. Del Monte or Otter's Cove (Outside Lover's)
Bring t-shirts and sweatshirts for silkscreening of the club logo to the next meeting - or drop them off to Carol sometime in July.
BCD Abalone Cook book
Send your recipes to Curt firstname.lastname@example.org
or Dan email@example.com
In other news:
NOAA Proposes Rule To Require Saltwater Angler Registration
The proposed rule satisfies the National Academy of Science National Research Council recommendations to establish a national database of saltwater anglers, and meets the requirements under the Magnuson-Stevens Fishery Conservation and Management Act. The proposed rule is part of a larger initiative of NOAA's Fisheries Service to improve the quality and accuracy of data on marine recreational fishing and catches. The registry will also help measure the economic benefits of recreational fishing on the national and local economies.
"The national registry of saltwater anglers is the key to closing a major gap in information on recreational fishing," said Jim Balsiger, NOAA acting assistant administrator for NOAA's Fisheries Service. "It will help us conduct surveys to get a more complete picture of how recreational fishing by an estimated 14 million people is affecting fish stocks. This will lead to better stock assessments and more effective regulations to rebuild and manage these valuable fish."
NOAA may exempt anglers from registration if they already have a state-issued saltwater fishing license or registration, and the state provides sufficiently complete information to place in the national registry.
States on the West Coast (including Alaska), the Gulf Coast, and the South Atlantic offer saltwater fishing licenses. Hawaii and the states from New Jersey to Maine do not.
The national saltwater registry will enable surveyors to interview only those people who fish, and will reach all anglers, not only those who live near the coast. To read the proposed rule, go to the National Saltwater Anlger Registry.
Comments on the proposed rule will be accepted until Aug. 11. They can be mailed to:
John Boreman Director, Office of Science and Technology NMFS 1315 East-West Highway Silver Spring, MD 20910 Attn.: Gordon Colvin
Comments also can be submitted electronically.
Divers Find Oldest Known Marble Bust Of Caesar; Rhone River Discovery May Date To 46 B.C.
Paris, France -- Divers trained in archaeology discovered a marble bust of an aging Caesar in the Rhone River that France's Culture Ministry said Tuesday could be the oldest known.
The life-sized bust showing the Roman ruler with wrinkles and hollows
in his face is tentatively dated to 46 B.C. Divers uncovered the Caesar
bust and a collection of other finds in the Rhone near the town of Arles,
founded by Caesar.
Hugh Bradner, renowned physicist and inventor of the wetsuit dies at 92
Bradner's scientific career incorporated both science
and ocean exploration to design many notable ocean technologies, including
the first neoprene wetsuit.
NOAA Study Shows Eastern Tropical Pacific Ocean Dolphin Populations Improving
The numbers of northeastern offshore spotted and eastern spinner dolphins in the eastern tropical Pacific Ocean are increasing after being severely depleted because of accidental death in the tuna purse-seine fishery between 1960 and 1990, according to biologists from NOAAs Fisheries Service.
These estimates are encouraging because they are consistent with what we would expect to see if these stocks are recovering, now that reported fishery mortality has been dramatically reduced, said Dr. Lisa Ballance, director of NOAAs Southwest Fisheries Science Center protected resources division. However, we have to be careful not to jump to final conclusions. We need to resolve the uncertainties around these estimates before we can definitively say these stocks are recovering....
Between 1960 and 1990, the northeastern offshore spotted and eastern spinner dolphin populations dropped to 20 percent and 30 percent, respectively, of their pre-fishery levels when dolphins were caught and died in tuna purse-seine nets. Since the early 1990s, however, the number of reported dolphin deaths has been very low because of severe restrictions on the fishery.
We expected to see these populations begin their recovery years ago, because fishermen have been so successful at reducing dolphin deaths, said Tim Gerrodette of NOAAs Fisheries Service. The new data are the first to indicate the beginning of a recovery, but these initial indications are not enough to be confident that the populations will continue to grow.
Todays report stems from a series of research cruises conducted since 1986. It presents new estimates of abundance for 10 dolphin stocks for each survey year between 1986 and 2006. These estimates may be found at