Next Dive Club Outing:
Oct 10 - 11 - Stillwater Cove, Sonoma sites #22-23
In Other Ocean News:
DFG Department of Q & A-
Question: Do I need a permit to harvest seaweed from a public beach for the purpose of making instruments (primarily rattles) to use in ceremony, or shells to adorn them or for special uses (such as adding them to basket weaving projects)? I am an old California Native American Indian woman, emanating from Monterey County, and I would appreciate any information that you may allow me to have. Thank you -- be blessed. (Xielolixii)
Answer: Individuals may collect certain marine plants for personal use only. This could include using them to create handicraft or ceremonial items, as long as none of those products are commercialized (traded, bartered or sold).
Harvest is not allowed for eel grass (Zostera), surf grass (Phyllospadix) or sea palm (Postelsia). These marine plant species may not be cut or disturbed (Section 30.10). In addition, marine protected areas and state reserves may restrict or prohibit cutting or harvesting of other aquatic plants, so be sure you know where you are collecting.
For all marine aquatic plants authorized for take, the daily bag limit is 10 pounds wet weight in the aggregate (except as provided in Section 28.60). For the most part, there are no closed seasons, closed hours or minimum size limits for any species of marine aquatic plant.
Question: Is it legal to spearfish at night? If so, what fish can be taken? This sounds intriguing to me since I enjoy night diving and it would give me another activity to enjoy while doing so, but I want to stay within the law. Thank you for your time. Just to be clear, I would be diving along the North Coast. (Anonymous)
Answer: Generally, Fish and Game laws allow fish to be taken at night in all ocean waters that are open to the take of fish during the day, and by all methods of take that are authorized for use during the day. If it's legal to take fish in a specific area during the day with a spear, it's legal to do so at night. Areas of the ocean in which spear fishing is prohibited include Marine Protected Areas and anywhere within 200 yards of the mouth of any stream. Taking fish with a spear is not allowed in the inland waters of the North Coast Fishing District at any time.
We've all heard of the Great Wall of China. Maybe you've even seen it. But here's a bit of wisdom you may not have known: Some parts of the wall are greater than others. Especially the parts that happen to be underwater...
Urbane Nomads are introducing "Diving the Great Wall", the first-ever organized tour of the submerged portions of the Great Wall, running missions now.
This portion of the wall has been under a lake since the 1980s, but unless you planned on ferrying a few hundred pounds of diving equipment across the border, you couldn't take it on until now. Your scuba-sherpas will suit you up, bring you to the exact spot where the wall dips underwater and guide you to its most dive-worthy parts. Once submerged, you'll stumble across a few Ming-era stone carvings, some intricate tunnels and a tight-squeeze guard tower that will require every last ounce of your Bond-like scuba ability. (Wearing your backup tux is advised.)
Over the course of the trip, you'll get two scuba-assisted dives into the Atlantis-style ruins (feel free to keep the dress semi-formal for the second) before you start the earthbound portion of the voyage, which includes a guided tour of the unrestored parts of the Forbidden City, usually off-limits to tourists.