Next Dive Club Outing:
May 28th - 31st - (Fri-Mon/Memorial Day)
Russian Gulch group site, Mendocino
see earlier e-mail for more details - parking restrictions
Golden Ab two years runnin' - ThreePeat?
In other Ocean News:
From our Friend at
the DFG, Carrie Wilson:
Humanely Wrangling Halibut
Question: I'd like to try spearfishing for halibut. If I do find a nice one, can you tell me the best way to quickly kill the fish when I get to it in order to minimize any pain? There must be some spot on the fish where by using a knife, I can quickly kill it with the least suffering. (Justin M, San Diego)
Answer: A well-placed shot with a spear will immobilize a halibut fairly quickly and is probably the most efficient means of killing the fish. According to Department of Fish and Game Associate Marine Biologist Ed Roberts, most spear fishermen do not need to dispatch their fish after retrieving them as the actual shot usually does so. To minimize the struggle and ethically kill your halibut, direct your shots to the spine or brain. On those occasions when you may need to dispatch a halibut or other round fish (as opposed to a flat fish), bring it to the boat and strike the fish on the top of the head, in between the eyes, with a blunt instrument like a "fish billy" rather than with a knife. Trying to do so with a knife on a small boat can be dangerous.
If you are a novice, it is probably not a good idea to attempt to struggle with and subdue a large, wounded halibut underwater with one hand while holding a sharp knife in the other. If you are determined to try to kill the fish as quickly as possible while underwater, you might consider tearing out a gill arch with your hands, or severing it with a knife. Be careful doing this, however, because halibut do have sharp gill rakers and teeth that can cause injury to unprotected fingers. Blood vessels in the arches carry copious amounts of blood to and from the gills, so severing these vessels would cause the fish to bleed to death in short order.
Is putting that much blood in the water a good idea? I'll leave that up to you, but remember that the sound waves created by the struggling, wounded fish may attract the attention of other large predatory fish. Remember too that many of these predators have highly developed sensory systems, and these sensations will probably travel farther and quicker through the water than will the blood.
Question: I read your answer to a recent question regarding whether trout can be shipped across state lines, and you said the answer was no. Are there similar restrictions on shipping abalone to friends in other states? Thanks. (Kelly K.)
North Coast State Parks Day Use Parking Closures:
Be aware that the day use parking along most of the coast will be closed Nov. 2 - June 30 due to CA State Parks budget reductions. Fort Ross will be open Fri-Sun. Gerstle Day Use will still be open (though the bathrooms are closed)
Schoolgirl Jessica Watson due home after solo round-the-world sail
Celebrations and just a hint of controversy await 16-year-old Australian as she sails into Sydney after seven months at sea.
Pink Lady on the high seas
to navigation experts at the respected Sail-world.com
magazine, Watson will have travelled 18,265 nautical miles, but a valid
circumnavigation requires 21,600.
a moot point. Following the furore over allowing ever younger sailors
to undertake such a risky endeavour, sparked when the Dutch courts intervened
last year to prevent Laura Dekker, 13, from setting sail solo, the WSSRC
no longer recognises the category of "the youngest".