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Sides debate proposal to ban scuba spear fishing - Hawaii News Now - KGMB and KHNL

Sides debate proposal to ban scuba spear fishing - Hawaii News Now - KGMB and KHNL | All about water, the oceans, environmental issues | Scoop.it
Some ocean scientists and conservationists urged the Board of Land and Natural Resources to ban spear fishing using scuba gear in waters off the Big Island's west coast, from North Kohala to Kau.
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UnderwaterTimes.com | Not Endangered: Feds Decline To Protect U.S. West Coast Great White Shark

The National Marine Fisheries Service (NMFS) today declined to protect great white sharks off the coast of California under the Endangered Species Act
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Marian Locksley's curator insight, June 30, 2013 4:06 AM

WASHINGTON, D.C. -- The National Marine Fisheries Service (NMFS) today declined to protect great white sharks off the coast of California under the Endangered Species Act.

 

Although peer-reviewed scientific population estimates at the two primary white shark aggregation sites indicate fewer than 350 adults and sub-adults, the agency denied protections to the sharks.

 

This decision follows a NMFS finding that this white shark population meets the criteria to qualify as a distinct population segment under the Act, which allows the species or subspecies to be considered for listing.Conservation groups are alarmed by the decision not to afford the sharks the protected status that they clearly deserve and need to survive.

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Expedition to Isolated Island Discovers Amazing Sea Life

Expedition to Isolated Island Discovers Amazing Sea Life | All about water, the oceans, environmental issues | Scoop.it
The researchers found a variety of unique sea life.
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11 Best Places to Dive in America

11 Best Places to Dive in America | All about water, the oceans, environmental issues | Scoop.it
These great American sites are so awesome, you'll want to dive them again and again (which is a good thing, as there's a strong likelihood you live near one). Don't see your favorite? Let us know which sites we missed at editor@sportdiver.com.
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Diver deaths result in changes to Navy Dive Manual, equipment

Diver deaths result in changes to Navy Dive Manual, equipment | All about water, the oceans, environmental issues | Scoop.it
The decisions of the dive team's leaders were the main topic of the second day of their hearing.
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Diving on Empty--Reprinted from DAN

Diving on Empty--Reprinted from DAN | All about water, the oceans, environmental issues | Scoop.it
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My wife and I were on a two-tank twilight/night dive. On the night dive, my wife, who is a new diver, entered the water first. I geared up quickly, checked my regulator and BCD inflator but failed to check my submersible pressure gauge (SPG). I entered the water, and the group (led by a divemaster) quickly descended. The divemaster swam off toward the spot where the group would watch the manta rays. I brought up the rear of the pack, since I descended more slowly. My wife was about 30 feet ahead of me.
I noticed my regulator breathing much harder. On the second breath, I only received half a breath and knew my tank was empty. I rapidly decided between swimming to my wife and swimming to the surface, and headed for her. She was swimming away from me; I caught up to her but was already feeling air hunger when I reached her. I grabbed her octopus, but I put it in my mouth upside-down and was initially unable to get air from it. After several more tries, I got a breath of half water, half air, finally obtaining just enough air to surface.
Signaling to my wife to surface, we made an emergency ascent. On surfacing, I dropped my weights, and she inflated her BC. (I was unable to use my power inflator because the tank was empty.) We shouted for help, and eventually a snorkeling instructor came to our aid, guiding us to another boat, where we left the water. Neither of us was injured, although I did aspirate some seawater.
Our boat crew had been responsible for setting up everyone's gear and changing tanks between dives. We determined the crew had given me a nearly empty tank, and I did not detect it since I had not checked my SPG.

 

Expert Comments

Omitting the predive check could have cost this diver his life. The predive check will verify that there is enough breathing gas in the tank and that the regulator works fine.
Why did this dangerous omission occur in this case? Being married does not automatically establish the perfect dive-buddy relationship. Buddy-diving rules should be recited before each dive regardless of who you are paired with. The buddies should enter the water at the same time after making sure that both went through the entire predive checklist. Once in the water, the predive check must be completed by inspecting each other's equipment for potential leaks.
Buddies who separate before entering the water probably will remain apart during the dive and will not be able to provide each other with assistance. In this case, it was just luck that the diver managed to catch up with his wife before running out of air.

 

Picture is not actual couple---taken from the net.

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Incredible Photos Of Antarctica Straight From A Biologist's Field Notebook

Incredible Photos Of Antarctica Straight From A Biologist's Field Notebook | All about water, the oceans, environmental issues | Scoop.it
Biologist Max Seigal visited Antarctica and brought back pictures of seals, penguins and other wildlife.
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Renee Baribeau's curator insight, June 27, 2013 10:30 AM

Pictures of Wildlife from Antartica..Brings a smile to my face.

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Los Angeles Becomes Largest City to Ban Plastic Shopping Bags

Los Angeles Becomes Largest City to Ban Plastic Shopping Bags | All about water, the oceans, environmental issues | Scoop.it
Los Angeles will become the most
populous U.S. city to outlaw plastic shopping bags, joining
Seattle, San Francisco and Westport, Connecticut, in concluding
that the environmental drawbacks of the sacks outweigh consumer
convenience.
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http://science.nasa.gov/science-news/science-at-nasa/2013/24jun_permafrost/

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Marian Locksley's curator insight, June 26, 2013 8:43 AM

Times they Are a Changing::: http://binnie-fragilelife.blogspot.co.uk/2012/08/times-they-are-changing.html

 

 

 

  << I put this together last year. By me @Lynnibinny

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Here's looking at chew flipper: Rare bubblegum PINK river dolphin makes a splash in the Amazon

Here's looking at chew flipper: Rare bubblegum PINK river dolphin makes a splash in the Amazon | All about water, the oceans, environmental issues | Scoop.it
These incredible images show an extremely rare pink dolphin as it leaps out of an Amazonian river.
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Lessons Learned: How Deep is Too Deep? The Dive that Changed Everything… | Scuba diving and skin diving California and beyond

Lessons Learned: How Deep is Too Deep? The Dive that Changed Everything… | Scuba diving and skin diving California and beyond | All about water, the oceans, environmental issues | Scoop.it
I was fifty-two years old when I discovered SCUBA. It was a classic case of “love at first breath.' I couldn’t get enough. I chain-smoked my way through one training event after another. In six mo
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9 Types of Dolphins You Didn’t Even Know Existed (PHOTOS)

9 Types of Dolphins You Didn’t Even Know Existed (PHOTOS) | All about water, the oceans, environmental issues | Scoop.it
Most people have only seen a bottlenose dolphin, but there are 37 types of dolphins swimming in our worlds oceans and rivers.
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What Can You Do About Climate Change | Great Barrier Reef | Cairns, Australia

What Can You Do About Climate Change | Great Barrier Reef | Cairns, Australia | All about water, the oceans, environmental issues | Scoop.it
Great Barrier Reef diving, dive, snorkel, small groups, snorkeling, scuba, sail, cairns, australia, yacht charter, adventure, Liveaboard, Vacations, holiday
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BOEING B-17 G FLYING FORTRESS, Vis, Croatia | Pearls of Croatia

BOEING B-17 G FLYING FORTRESS, Vis, Croatia | Pearls of Croatia | All about water, the oceans, environmental issues | Scoop.it
In the sea near the island of Vis was found an unspoiled American
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Thelma and Louise

Thelma and Louise | All about water, the oceans, environmental issues | Scoop.it
A two-headed female cooter turtle named Thelma and Louise was hatched at the San Antonio Zoo on June 18
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What It's Like To Get Bombed Underwater

What It's Like To Get Bombed Underwater | All about water, the oceans, environmental issues | Scoop.it
We were at 15 feet when the blast went off; for a moment I thought my heart was going to stop.
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Aeris JetPack BCD----NEW!

Aeris JetPack BCD----NEW! | All about water, the oceans, environmental issues | Scoop.it

The Jetpack is the ultimate solution for airline carry-on & transport to and from the dive site. It's a true hybrid, not a bag and more than just a mere BC. We took a long look at what it means to travel with Scuba gear to a destination and realized pretty quickly that it didn't make sense to take a BC, your heaviest and most bulky piece of kit with shoulder straps, and stuff it into a bag - so you could carry it... By combining a semi-dry day bag with a one size fits all fully adjustable travel BC, we have managed to create a travel system that can carry a complete set of dive gear (regs, computer, fins, suit, etc) and travel amenities (clothing, toiletry kit, computer, etc) easily for multi-day travel, even a week depending on how you pack... all in only one bag.

 

available next week from kirkscubagear!

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Clear Cutting the Seafloor: Deep-Sea Trawling

Clear Cutting the Seafloor: Deep-Sea Trawling | All about water, the oceans, environmental issues | Scoop.it
As debate rages in the European Union on how to regulate, and eventually phase out and ban deep-sea trawling, I am reminded of my many deep-sea cruises.
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Swimming with a Manta Ray- Shark Therapy - Big Sharks- BBC Wildlife

Beautiful underwater film of diving with giants in shallow seas. Swimming with sharks takes a little convincing for this BBC wildlife documentary crew, but i...
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More airlines ban shark fin cargo

More airlines ban shark fin cargo | All about water, the oceans, environmental issues | Scoop.it
Three more Asia-Pacific based airlines have announced plans to ban shark's fin cargo from their flights.
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Could Coral Reefs Become Sponge Reefs In the Future? | Scoop News

Could Coral Reefs Become Sponge Reefs In the Future? | Scoop News | All about water, the oceans, environmental issues | Scoop.it
International research has suggested that many coral species won't survive beyond
the end of this century, but marine biologists at Victoria University are offering
an alternative scenario.
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Enbridge says spill from Line 37 near Fort McMurray, Alta., is being cleaned up - Canadian Business

Enbridge says spill from Line 37 near Fort McMurray, Alta., is being cleaned up - Canadian Business | All about water, the oceans, environmental issues | Scoop.it
CALGARY - A clean up is underway on the oil spill from Enbridge's Line 37 in an area southeast of Fort McMurray, Alta and the next stage will be to repair
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Limiting the use of bottom trawls in the deep sea

Limiting the use of bottom trawls in the deep sea | All about water, the oceans, environmental issues | Scoop.it
Just received this via email. If your a scientist  please go sign. Hi folks, I am sending you this special plea to ask for your help in  limiting the use of bottom trawls in the deep sea.
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The Lost Treasure of Lima | Facebook

The Lost Treasure of Lima | Facebook | All about water, the oceans, environmental issues | Scoop.it
Shipwreckhunter wrote a note titled The Lost Treasure of Lima. Read the full text here.
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