Category Archives: News

Shark Activity Curtails Research Diving in Monterey Bay Area

In an unprecedented decision, a consortium of local organizations including Monterey Bay Aquarium, UC Santa Cruz, and Hopkins Marine Station have suspended diving at inshore areas in Monterey and Pacific Grove (PG), California. They are…

NOAA Coral Reef Watch’s Time Series Data

NOAA has published, for viewing on-line, satellite data for 24 selected reef sites around the world. It’s a bit chilling to see the graphs.-DK From NOAA: The time series data of CRW operational twice-weekly near-real-time…

Ten Thousand Hours: Lessons from the Healy CG Vessel Dive Tragedy

by Carl Gwinn, publisher of BlackCormorant.net Ten thousand hours of “deliberate practice” will produce excellence in any field. According to K. Anders Ericsson, a psychologist, and more recent workers, this figure is the same for…

Reef Check California Loses Chris Haugen, a Perfect Volunteer

Chris Haugen, an expert scuba diver, was lost at sea in a sailing mishap on Nov. 11, 2006. He and I completed the first Central California Reef Check CA surveys in July of this year,…

Controversial Reverse Dive Profiles

The May issue of Undercurrent published the results of a 2005 study conducted by Australian researchers Edmonds, McInness, and Bennet meant to refute the conclusions of the 1999 Reverse Dive Profile Workshop. In that workshop,…

Scientific Blue Water Diving

Publication of a new book entitled Scientific Blue Water Diving has just been been announced. A revision of Blue Water Diving Guidelines, first published by California Sea Grant in 1986, the book is co-authored by…

Reef Check California: Report on First Training Event

Photo courtesy of Reef Check California I am still decompressing, figuratively speaking, from a momentous 3 days of diving with Reef Check California at the Channel Islands April 28-30, 2006. A group of us successfully…

Seeking Site Authors!

Hi there- This site is getting hundreds of unique visitors a day, and I’m finding it incredibly difficult to keep up with what needs to be done to keep this place relevant and topical. My…

2005 Report: State of Coral Reef Ecosystems of the US and Pacific FAS

original posting: 2005-11-23 Just released by NOAA, and available free online in PDF format is the report, “The State of Coral Reef Ecosystems of the United States and Pacific Freely Associated States: 2005.” Authored by…

Budget Cuts to NOAA’s Undersea Research Program

Just got this call to action from American Academy of Underwater Scientists: The 2006 Department of Commerce budget recently passed by Congress dramatically reduces the funding for many of America’s leading programs to promote public-private…