UWE would like to congratulated Dan S and Steve L for successfully completing the EFR O2 Providers course that was given at DiveSafe International. Danny and Steve showed up and worked hard to complete the new program. EFR has just been accepted in industry fro Canada, so be sure to check back and see how the new accreditations work for this program.
Need to complete a First Aid or O2 Providers course be sure to contact us or DiveSafe to ensure your seat is reserved. Our next course is scheduled for the first week of August.
If you were to Google “Abalone” you would find many sites that discuss how threatened this Mollusk is or what amazing recipes that can be used for cooking these little guys up. So, I thought I would include some interesting facts about what is happening and maybe, just maybe you will get in there and help protect these guys.
Firstly, here are some facts about the Abalone;
sexes are separate;
they broadcast spawn, with the release of 10,000 eggs or more;
eggs hatch as microscopic living larvae. it drifts with currents for about a week then the abalone larvae settle to bottom, if suitable habitat is located it may grow to adulthood, mortality still probably exceeds 99%; and
predators, eggs, and larvae are eaten by filter feeding animals, juveniles are threatened by crabs, lobsters, octopi, starfish, fish and predatory snails, while larger adult abalone predators are fish such as the Cabezon, bat rays, and sea otters
In the last 20 years, the commercial catch of abalone worldwide has declined from 18,000mt to a little over 10, 000mt. Below are listed 6 major reasons for the decline. Number 5 (Illegal harvesting) is by far the largest and most important reason for the decline.
Mortality of small abalone
Competition, Sea urchins and other species, utilizing abalone food and living space
Loss of habitat
Here is an exert from the Times Colonist discussing in-depth Illegal Harvesting, so be sure to take a read it is very interesting!
Poachers biggest threat to endangered abalone
DFO asks for the public’s help in watching for suspicious divers
By Judith Lavoie, Times Colonist. March 20, 2010
The wetsuited killers often hang out in rocky inlets or deserted beaches, where there are few witnesses, but the Department of Fisheries and Oceans is hoping eagle-eyed observers will help stop the destruction of a species. Read More
So, things have been pretty darn quiet on the blog…and needless to say, it has not been on purpose. UWE has relocated at short notice to of all places Campbell River, so we could join up with DiveSafe International, which is a Commercial Dive Training College, who wants to expand into the Recreational market.
We are offering career training, Dive Master and Dive Instructor training and obviously Commercial Dive training…which is there main stay work. We are also in the process of opening a retail store which is already partially stocked, and ready to go.
So if you are in Campbell River, or planning on coming here be sure to stop in..you never know there may be a career change in your future.