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Marine Life of the Pacific Northwest Updated

Sailfin Sculpin
Sailfin Sculpin

We have been out diving the past couple of weeks and we have been hard a work ensuring the section Marine Life of the Pacific Northwest is updated after each of my dives.  We have some new images in the Spiny fish section with the addition of the Sailfin Sculphin, as well some new pictures in the Giant Pacific Octopus, and one of my favorites the cloud sponges.  Be sure to stop by and check things out!!

Update – Marine Life of the Pacific Northwest

Flabellina Verrucosa
Flabellina Verrucosa

UWE is excited to announce that we have updated some of the sections in the Marine Life of the Pacific Northwest.  We have added two new images of the Fabellina, Nudibranch.  The Nudibranch page have only the included Nudibranch in which I have been able to find and photograph, realizing there are

Saddleback Gunnel
Saddleback Gunnel

hundreds of different ones in the area these are simply the ones we have been able to find.

We also updated the Bony Fishes page by the addition of the Saddleback Gunnel.  I found this cool fish at Tuwanek in Sechelt BC.  This was in about 60 feet of water on the wall on the left island.  Be s

Marine Life of the Pacific Northwest

Northern Ronquil, Kelvins Grove
Northern Ronquil, Kelvins Grove

UWE is very excited to announce that the Marine Life of the Pacific Northwest section is once again in the process of being up dated with new images and information being added.   We have updated the Fish Section with the addition of some new Black Eyed Goby pictures, along with the Northern Ranquil and some updated images of the Rock fish (Copper to be more accurate).

We also added the Worm section as well as the Crab section, where we have added some pictures of the various images of the Northern Crab, Alaskan Hermit Crab, and we are in the process of adding some of the various worm pictures we have taken along with the information we have researched.

Be sure to stop in and check out the sections…let us know how we are making out!!

 

Reef Surveyor Course

Clown Nudibranch

Doug Biffard, a Marine Biologist who does volunteer work with Reef Dot Org was up to DiveSafe International this past weekend and conducted the Level 2 and Level 3 surveyors course. The course is a free one, which involves some classroom work, and then if you are a certified scuba diver, there can be one or two dives conducted in conjunction with the training.

Saturday’s training had Doug explaining why the diving in the Pacific Northwest is so diverse, and amazing.  Also, during this session we are introduced into the various Fish and Invertebrates that can be found in our local waters.

On day two, we headed out on the boat for a dive at Lone Tree one of our many awesome dive sites, where we encountered many different rock fish, Greenling, Giant Pacific Octopus and even a Shark (Dog Shark).

DiveSafe is going to have Doug back up in late September, or early October for our next Reef Course, so if you are interested be sure to get a hold of DiveSafe to book your seat.   What do you have to loose…after all its FREE for the classroom sessions!!

Reef Dot Org Survey Dives

UWE was out for another weekend conducting Reef Dot Org survey dives.  Mikey T and I were over on Quadra Island diving at Rebecca Spit, Specifically to do this months surveys.  We conducted the first dive on the inside of the spit at the harbour near to the boat launch.  The visibility  was easily 3 feet in spots, and then others 0 and 0.  But its all good…take your time, and you will be surprised what you can see…and how great your camera shots will be, even though there is a ton of stuff in the water.

Dive two was on the outside of the spit, and visibility was a little better, and the temperatures were maybe 5 degrees warmer.  We were on a rocky reef, right down where the kelp and sand met up…we were treated in 100’s of tube snouts schooling, with a couple of Red Irish Lords being present and even a SailFin Sculpin…overall it was a great great dive!

What makes the dive even more fun is the fact that you are in only 20 feet of water, and you can make it last forever….if you are good on air.   So, if you are interested in taking a “FREE” Reef course, be sure to contact UWE and we will hook you up on one!

The Plight of the Abalone

Abalone

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.

  1. Predators
  2. Mortality of small abalone
  3. Over harvesting
  4. Competition, Sea urchins and other species, utilizing abalone food and living space
  5. Illegal harvesting
  6. 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.
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