TRIPS

Some of us are strictly warm water divers. Some love the cold. Most are water temperature-agnostic. Whatever you prefer, the Marin Scuba Club promotes safe diving. Remember to plan your dive based on the conditions, be aware of your skills and equipment and stay with your buddy.

Spring Dive & Dine June 8-9-10, 2018

Hope that you will join us for our Spring Dive & Dine at Van Damme State Park. If you did not receive a sign-up for the event, contact Barbara: blwambach@comcast.net.

For the dining, we will serve a delicious Cioppino Saturday evening. Do bring a side dish to share. For the diving, we will scuba dive at Van Damme State Park and all divers that have a fishing license

(day of Saturday June 9th or annual) can participate in our Kelp Restoration project. Cynthia Catton, PhD & Environmental Scientist, is the lead manager at the California Department of Fish and Wildlife for Kelp Restoration (KELPRR). Marin Scuba Club has partnered with her to help save our Kelp. To that end, she has increased catch limits of the small purple urchins that are devastating our Kelp from 35 per recreational diver to 20 gallons.

Barb has also directed divers to focus on a few areas, one of which is Van Damme Cove. Within Van Damme Cove, we will dive near any existing kelp and remove the urchins that are on the perimeter/roots of the kelp as advised by Cynthia and the Kelp Restoration project.

California’s kelp forests have decreased by 93% of normal. Higher sea surface temperatures in recent years have limited kelp growth, and sea star wasting disease has removed a key predator of purple sea urchins, a veracious eater of kelp.

Though our waters have cooled this past year, the explosion of the purple urchin population—60 times higher than normal—has prevented the kelp forests from recovering. The effects of the kelp forest loss have resulted in, the closure of the red abalone fishery, this year, 90% of the local cormorant and 80% of the black oystercatcher nestlings failed to survive due to the lack of fish that would normally be found in the kelp beds. Fewer young fish also means fewer larger fish for marine mammals, such as harbor seals and sea lions. Sea otters are suffering from shark attacks, as there is little kelp for them to rest.

How can you help?
• You will need a fishing license at least for the day.
• You will need a catch bag.
• You will need cold-water diving gloves.

Hope that you will join our diving. Participating in the purple urchin harvest is optional.

For more information on the Kelp Restoration Project see link below: https://noyocenter.org/help-the-kelp/

Oct 18 – 28th, 2017
Banco Chinchorro Dive Trip, Mexican Mayan Riviera near the Belize border.  blwambach@comcast.net said:
“Fourteen club members visited Banco Chinchorro for the first time in October. The most exciting diving was the banc, a one-hour ride from Mahaual, Mexico. The wrecks on the outer side of the reef were the best that Barb Wambach has ever visited –– laying in 25-35 feet of clear water, abundant with sea live and extremely colorful. The banc also featured large animals including leatherback turtle, eagle rays, stingrays, nurse sharks and a few reef sharks.

“Near the center of the banc, lies a mangrove which is home to approximately 500 American crocodiles. While we did not swim with them, we did get very close. The coral reef was very healthy and we enjoyed large schools of sardines, blue fish and a small school of tuna. We do plan to go back.”

Jan 6 – 14, 2018
Socorro Islands Dive Trip Aboard the Solmar V. Depth diving with current, open oceans and blue water. This trip will now be followed by an optional trip to Cabo Pulmo, January 14 – 21. blwambach@comcast.net

Oct 9-16 &/or Oct 17-24, 2018
Dive Fiji at Volvoli Resort for 7-10 days. We need 10 divers to commit to this trip ASAP. Contact Bryan: bryeck@gmail.com