In Other Ocean News:
Question: I plan to head to the coast to try some abalone diving next weekend but need to clarify a few of the abalone regulations before I make the trip. First, I will take all abalone with a legal ab iron
but want to also carry a knife. Would this be a problem?
Second, if my buddy and I want to spearfish and take abs on the same day, can we carry our guns while taking the abs or do we have to make separate trips to and from the car?
Finally, if our abs are separated into individual bags (one for mine and one for his), can both bags be clipped onto a single float tube while we finish spear fishing or would that violate the separate
possession regulation? Thanks! (Andrew M.)
Answer: You are allowed to carry a knife while diving for abalone but you may not use a knife in place of an abalone iron for taking abalone. The main reason for this rule is because abalone are
hemophiliacs and even the slightest cut to the foot when attempting to remove them from the rocks may cause them to bleed to death. This is a problem especially for abalone short of the legal size limit
that must be released. Abalone irons are designed with rounded corners and wider and thicker bases to prevent injuries.
As far as spear guns, you are allowed to carry one while abalone diving (unlike when diving for spiny lobster where this is not legal). Each person’s abalone must be kept in separate identifiable bags, but
the bags can both be clipped to the same tube.
Selling abalone jewelry?
Question: I’ve recently been to a few beaches where I’ve found red abalone shells that have washed up on the shore. I’ve collected a few shell fragments and have made jewelry from them. Friends of
mine have shown the items to others and now they want me to make them items as well. My questions is ... Is it illegal for me to collect red abalone shells, and then make jewelry, then sell them to
friends, and so forth? I’ve gotten mixed answers from the Web and have tried to navigate your website. I have seen no definitive answer. (Matt R.)
Answer: You may give the shells away or use them for personal use, but shells collected under the authority of sport fishing license cannot be legally bought, sold, traded or bartered.
People often ask what they can do with their old abalone shells. We get requests for shells from Native American tribes who use them for ceremonial purposes. Shells can be donated directly to a Native
American Tribe, or they can be given to the California Department of Fish and Wildlife (CDFW) and we will distribute them to Native Americans when we get requests.
A group of scuba divers believe they have claimed a new world record for playing underwater dominoes.The Del-Mar Dive Club, which meets in Wigston (England), gathered 60 divers in the pool at the
same time, playing dominoes in groups of four. The Leicestershire club organised the challenge, which took place on Tuesday, to mark the 60th anniversary of the British Sub-Aqua Club.
The official world record currently stands at 49 divers taking part.
PROVIDENCE, Rhode Island -- Ocean Opportunity, a Rhode Island based not for profit organization, is pleased to announce that its founder, Rhode Island native Michael Lombardi recently became
among the first to train in the new deep diving system called the Exosuit.
The Exosuit keeps the pilot at surface pressure, therefore eliminating the physiological hazards associated with deep diving. The Exosuit affords dives to 1000 feet by protecting the pilot from the ocean's
pressure at depth. Special rotary joint technology allows the pilot to move and articulate to carry out human tasks. The group is planning an expedition to use the Exosuit in bluewater – the open ocean –
to observe and document alien marine life in its natural environment at 1000 feet for the first time by human eyes.
Michael is chronicling the project via Blog: http://newswatch.nationalgeographic.com/tag/exosuit-project