SAVE THE FISH
The Best Choice Fish are: Farmed Caviar, Abalone, Catfish, Clams; Snow crabs from Canada or Dungeness Crab; Pacific Halibut; Spiny Lobster from the US; farmed Mussels and Oyster; Sable Fish or Black Cod from Alaska or British Columbia; Sardines or Shrimp that are trap caught; farmed Striped-Bass, Sturgeon, Tilapia or Rainbow Trout; Albacore, Yellowfin, and Bigeye Tuna is okay if troll or pole caught; and White Seabass.
Good Alternatives include: Wild caught clams; Pacific Cod; Imitation or Surimi Crabs; Alaskan King Crab; Lingcod; Maine Lobster; Mahi Mahi (Dolphin Fish or Dorado); wild caught Oysters; Pollock or Rockfish that is line caught in Alaska or BC; Pacific Sanddabs; Sea or Bay Scallops; farmed or trawl caught Shrimp; Squid; English Sole; canned light Tuna, or white Albacore canned Tuna.
Avoid these Fish: Swordfish is known to have high levels of mercury, as do Sharks. Because of depleted stocks, avoid these seafoods: wild caught Caviar; Chilean Seabass or Toothfish; Atlantic Cod; imported King Crab; Monkfish, or Orange Roughy; trawl caught Rockfish; farmed Salmon, including Atlantic; imported or farmed Shrimp; imported or wild caught Sturgeon; and Bluefin Tuna.
For more information visit www.seafoodwatch.org
Have you ever made a dive and were confronted and then identification confused with a fish that you didn’t recognize? With the wrist wearable and waterproof booklet called FishFlips you have a handy guide to the fish swimming around you. Some fish are different colored when a juvenile than when an adult, and the quick flip 4-color guide points this fact out. Ever heard of a Tomtate, Grayshy Grouper, French Grunt or TobaccoFish? Or how about a Herlequin Bass, Mutton Snapper, Green or Rosy Razorfish, or the various Parrotfish? Visit www.fishflips.net to find out more, or call 877/99-FLIPS.
Also visit Save the Mantas online at www.save-the-mantas.org or to help email firstname.lastname@example.org You will find a Manta Global Database, Field research affiliate programs, and Pacific migration study, continuous manta monitoring, plus manta cams and local conservation efforts and education programs.
Also visit Learning Through Travel for more fish watcher field guides at www.learningthroughtravel.com or call 866/853-2711 or email email@example.com
If we truly want to save the oceans, we must start with the youngest generation.
Take your diving to a new level as a Nautical Archaeologist.
Over two thirds of the Earth’s surface is covered by oceans, seas, lakes, and rivers, and with the numerous wrecks over time, history waits beneath the water. A vast archaeological record was largely ignored, until 1960, when Dr. George F. Bass undertook the first organized underwater archaeological excavation of a Bronze Age shipwreck. In 1972, Dr. Bass established the Institute of Nautical Archaeological (INA), the first non-profit, scientific and educational organization to research the maritime history underwater.
INA today sponsors fieldwork in underwater archaeology around the world and advocates the conservation of mankind’s submerged cultural heritage. INA is headquartered at Texas A&M University in College Station,
With help from private donations, INA has conducted some of the most significant underwater excavations and revealed mysteries buried beneath the sea, including:
Uluburn, Turkey, 14th Century B.C. Shipwreck
This shipwreck, the oldest yet excavated, is noted for its spectacular cargo of copper on-hide ingots and articles of gold, silver, bronze, stone, ceramic, and glass. Cargo origins include: Egypt, Cyprus, Greece, the Syrian coast, and other points around the Mediterranean. Especially noteworthy was a gold scarab with the hieroglyph of Queen Nefertiti.
Serce Liman: Turkey, 11th Century Shipwreck
This Byzantine-era wreck, known as the “Glass Wreck”, because of the large cargo of Islamic glass, also boasts the oldest-dated chess set and the largest assemblage of Byzantine tools and weapons ever recovered.
Turk and Caicos, British West Indies, 16th Century Shipwreck
Known as the Molasses Reef Wreck, this is thought to be the oldest excavated shipwreck in the New World, dating to just after Columbus’ voyages. Located within the Caribbean, it is noted for the early armaments associated with the wreck.
Red River, Oklahoma, 19th Century Shipwreck
Buried beneath a high sand bluff for nearly a century and a half, this circa 1840 steamboat wreck was found when the shifting channel of the
For more information or to support INA visit http://ina.tamu.edu
One problem many of our dive writers and videographers have at Jetsetters Magazine at www.jetsettersmagazine.com is the cost and expense of camera and video housing. Equinox underwater products has taken the “ouch” out of many of the camera gear market with their Seapix line that is good up to 50 meters. The Polycarbonate housing is close to neutral with ballast and only weigh 1.5 pounds without ballast, and 3 pounds with. The push button controls are easy to use and the company offers free shipping. Visit firstname.lastname@example.org or visit them at www.seapix.com
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I never thought I would need Dive Shades to peer into the cool depths before and after diving, but Jack Stein has created an original dive flag polarized sunglass line and he has recently added four new styles to Dive Shades’ current line of Belize, Key West, Kona, Little Cayman, Bahamas, and Bonaire. The new styles are: Cozumel II, Bahamas II, Maui II and the Curacao.
The new sleek styles are available in a variety of colors and are extremely light in weight. The shades feature a rimless design with wrap around styling, along with silicone temple ends and nose pads. The
Diversitea has created a new product for the Scuba Diving market with a homeopathic travel kit filled with first-aid essentials for most minor emergencies. They are also the makers of No-Jet-Lag (mentioned above). The products are packaged in a unique hand painted passport Travel Pouch. The primary product is No-Jet-Lag, but also includes vinegar for marine stings and coral cuts, hydrogen peroxide for ears and wound cleaning, plus Cold Eaze and Trans Pore tape, Boiron Arnica, and Calendula Gel. The kit retails for $34.95; for more information go to www.diversitea.com
Never lose your gear again with ID-MY-GEAR, using a tough, water-based, non-toxic, high tech polymer that is dramatically visible on any color contrasting dive equipment surface. ID-MY-GEAR comes in easy to apply squeeze applicator bottles in one ounce or four ounce sizes. Once thoroughly dried in 72 hours, ID-MY-GEAR becomes impervious to water, fading and it is abrasion resistant, and the bottles come in multi colors for the large diver households. You and other divers then can recognize your gear quickly. Call 804/306-5096.
CATCHING THE DIVE BUZZ
One of the coolest new products at DEMA was Scubuzz, an underwater signaling device worn like a wristwatch, with a 2-way communication system used to alert divers from either the surface or to a diver below or from diver to diver while underwater.
An ultrasonic radio transmitter and receiver are built into each Scubuzz to allow both sending and receiving of messages.
To send a message, press the bottom button on the device and it will send a signal to any Scubuzz with the same ID. Any Scubuzz with the same ID within the range of the sending Scubuzz will receive the signal and will return an alert. Upon receipt of the signal the receiver sends a signal to the second Scubuzzer and will turn on a vibration motor and flashing lights that will alert the second diver that the first diver is alerting them. The second diver will push the top button to cancel the page. This is a great device for the hearing impaired diver or for emergency alerts from the dive boat. For more information call 888-scu-buzz or visit www.scubuzz.com or email@example.com
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Prescription Dive Masks will put any prescription into any dive mask with about a four day turnaround time, or $35 extra for the super duper rush. They use various styles of swim goggles, including Liberty Aqua Spec in black or blue and the Liberty Stingray in black, blue, or frosted clear. They also make single vision high index lenses or lenses tinted to any color.
They have been making lenses for divers for over 14 years. Their own lab opticians have designed new methods to make diving safer and more pleasurable. All lenses are custom made to the exact prescription, including astigmatism and prism. All work is done by hand, never a machine for better fit and accuracy. You never see the lens edge when viewing through the mask. For high prescriptions they use 1.8 high index glass. They also feature a procedure where they can remove a lens from the faceplate of a damaged mask and put it on a new mask. Visit them at www.prescriptiondivemasks.com or call 800/528-2878.
The 2006 DEMA Dive Show will be held November 8-11 at
By Kriss Hammond, Editor, Jetsetters Magazine.