February Club Dive to be announced in future e-mail


Friendly reminder that 2011 dues are now due for annual membership in the BCD club.

See Curt's e-mail for full details.


In Other Ocean News:

Heavy Sediment along the Queensland Coast, Australia

In December 2010 and January 2011, swollen rivers in Queensland, Australia, did more than flood homes and force residents to evacuate. The rivers also carried heavy sediment loads to the coast. Fed by the Burdekin River, the waters around Cape Bowling Green turned muddy brown in early January, and a thick plume of sediment neared the Great Barrier Reef. The Moderate Resolution Imaging Spectroradiometer (MODIS) on NASA’s Aqua satellite captured this natural-color image of the coast on January 4, 2011



CSTR Announces Dana Point Project

California Ships to Reefs (CSTR) told the Dana Point City Council Monday, 11/22/10, it is ready to move forward to create the nation's second largest ship-based reef at a location southwest of Dana Point's harbor

USS Kawishiri

The new reefing project would bring the 655-foot Kawishiwi to the Dana Point site after it is cleaned, made environmentally safe and prepared for diving. The ship would be the second largest ship-based reef in the U.S., surpassing the USNS Hoyt S. Vandenberg, a naval vessel reefed in Florida waters. "CSTR identified the Kawishiwi as ideal for our purposes after a great deal of research," said Geldin. "One factor that helped us was communicating with some of the veterans of this proud ship, who gave us a lot of details about the ship's structure and makeup. These Navy veterans are eager to see their ship have a new life of service under the sea, rather than the alternative of turning it into scrap.

On a side note, the Hancock had a collision while refueling with the Kawishiwi. Read it here at: http://www.usshancockcv19.com/oralhistory/kawishiwi.htm

Lionfish: "Eating 'Em To Beat 'Em"
Florida is taking a page out of Bermuda's cook book and adopting an "Eat 'em To Beat 'Em" approach to solving the lionfish problem - with an environmental group issuing a collection of recipes for preparing the invasive Pacific species.

Bermuda Lionfish Project coordinator Chris Flook has been encouraging Bermuda restaurants to add the fish to their menus - and Bermudians to add it to their diets - since the colourful fish boasting a "mane" of poisonous spines was first spotted in local waters. Proceeds from the sale of this book will support REEF's marine conservation and Lionfish research and removal programmes.

The cook book can be ordered from the Florida conservation group's website.


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