Category Archives: News

Dismissed As Volunteer Aquarum Diver

Note: This is a departure from my now rare posts about research diving opportunities. But it concerns diving and I feel it’s important to share. I recently went through the emotionally wrenching ordeal of being…

The Health of Point Lobos State Underwater Reserve: Cause for Concern?

For a number of reasons mostly having to do with dive reports mentioning urchin barrens,  I have not been an enthusiastic diver of my perceived local underwater paradises, Monterey and Carmel Bays, over the last…

El Nino Gets Slithery in SoCal!

First hammerheads, now venomous sea snakes. Things are getting exciting! Click to enlarge:

California’s MLPAs: Free Online Access to Special Issue of Ocean and Coastal Management

Special issue available free online for approximately six months here. From CA Dept of Fish and Wildlife press release: New Analyses Can Guide Similar Planning Endeavor California recently completed an historic overhaul of how it…

PHOTOS NEEDED for New ed. of Scientific Diving Techniques

Posted as a courtesy. Please do not contact me about this opportunity-Dida  Colleagues: I am working on the second edition of the book Scientific Diving Techniques: A Practical Guide for the Research Diver, to be…

Symposium: New Perspectives on MPA Performance

Posted as a courtesy only. Please do not contact about this event-Dida Dear colleagues, For those of you interested in the social and ecological dimensions of marine conservation, a reminder to please join us, free,…

Two New Species of Nudibranch Discovered in Cental California, one at Point Lobos, Big Sur, CA

Photo courtesy Gary McDonald In March of 2009, diving at about 40 m, BAUE divers Rob and Allison Lee found a nudibranch they were unable to key out after consulting numerous guides. After obtaining a…

Possible Closure of Point Lobos, CA State Park

S. Point Lobos by D. Kutz This is a topic I feel passionately about, both because I’m on the board of the Point Lobos Association, and because I’ve been diving at Point Lobos since 1993.…

27th Annual Symposium of the American Academy of Underwater Sciences : Call for Papers

Diving for Science 2008- Christian McDonald Please accept my invitation to participate in the upcoming 27th Annual Symposium of the American Academy of Underwater Sciences hosted by the Scripps Institution of Oceanography at the University…

Partnership for Interdisciplinary Studies of Coastal Oceans and Reef Check California Collaborate to Conserve California’s Rocky Reefs

by Cyndi Dawson, Regional Manager, Reef Check California The Partnership for Interdisciplinary Studies of Coastal Oceans (PISCO), based at the University of Santa Cruz, and Reef Check California (RCCA) have been collaborating on the central…