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Our next meeting
will be on Wednesday, March 15th. Our
meetings are always on the second Wednesday of each month
starting at 6:00 pm and the actual meeting
beginng at 6:30 pm. The meetings are at Athen's
Restaurant at 6271
St. Augustine Road. They have a private room
reserved for us that has accommodated us nicely.
at 6:00pm with the meeting starting at 6:30). Visitors
are always welcome!).
The program for
this meeting will be given by Michelle, a representative
for Wakatobi travel, and will be about the Wakatobi Resort
in Indonesia; which will be tentatively be our destination
for our large, out-of-country Scubanauts
(We usually plan one large / more expensive trip per year
which is scheduled far enough in advance to give members
time to save for the trip).
a luxury dive resort; seen by some of our members as a
list" type of trip. It claims 25-star amenities and
pristine natural Pacific reef diving and offers luxury
and service; including full "valet" diving. Boat
tenders will take you out to different parts of the "house" reef;
which is 80 meters in front of the resorce. The boats will
let you choose when and where on the reef you'd like to
dive. They also offer taxi boats to the other reefs and
attractions and have an associated liveaboard as well..
Although the details
are not yet finalized, current estimates are a price for
a week trip of around $5,000. Costs and dates will be firmed
The full balance
for our 2017 trip to CocoView
Resort in Roatan, Honduras are due at this March meeting. So those of you who haven't
yet please remember to bring your checkbooks!
Local divers are
gearing up for the 5th
Annual Northeast Florida Lionfish Blast hunting competition;
running from April 20th to May 20th. According to the event's
website, Prizes are not yet finalized. But but the sponsors
are hoping to "maintain
prizes structure, paying out to the the Top Ten finishers,
and a guaranteed $1000 first place prize We will also have
2 Tournament within Tournaments(TWT), one for largest lionfish
in decimal pounds, and one for largest grouper beginning
May 1st. There will also be the Golden Peanut awards floating
around as well as the Lionfish Blaster Award!"
This great cause - trying to limit the impact of the Lionfish
escologically disastrous population explosion - has become
a popular event. According to the website last year's overall
Lionfish Blash winner alone removed 587 Lionfish!
consider running a club trip; it is fun diving with your
friends! Be thinking about what trip destinations you'd
like to see in the coming year. At our last meeting, members
had tentatively volunteered to organize trips to Palm Beach
and the northern Florida Keys, but it is too early for
anything specific regarding those destinations.
information on all Scubanauts activities! Don't
let the best of club diving pass you by!
Photo Gallery has portfolios from members as
well as photos from our contests and parties. We're still
for more material for the Photo
out the submissions so far! Members, send
in some for your own page.
are still some Scubanauts logo shirts and caps
left from our last order. So if you didn't get want you
with Scott to see what stock remains.
Golden Copralite award is being held by James Johnson..
pass word of any future discretion to James so
he can help others experience the pleasure of
Off-Shore Jax dive reports are sparse right now
and we've been unable to find any reports that
include 'vis and bottom temps.
members who like to spearfish, there is important
news. The group "Our
Florida Reefs" is pushing very hard to
near totally prohibit all spearfishing while on
scuba. (The sole exception is to hunt lionfish).
This proposal is very near being passed into formal
regulation. So any members who have a strong opinion
on this need to get involved very quickly and let
your state representatives know how you feel. Click here to
see a .PDF of their draft proposed regulation.
all been following the Great White
Shark satellite radio tagging
program which has been operating in the waters offshore
Jax periodically for some time now. If you want to follow
one of the specific sharks which has been in the local
here is the procedure. This example is for following "Katherine",
the large female that has been sighted multiple times recently
by divers off the Florida Keys; including being video'd
by a dive team off the wreck of the Duane offshore Key
her satellite tracker's last "ping" was
near the edge of the Continental Shelf east of the border
between North and South Carolina.
follow Katherine's - or any other tracked
shark's - travels:
- Open your
web browser and point to the OCEARCH Global Tracker website
the shark's name (“Katherine”) into
the field titled “Sharks” in
the filter box to the left
- Click the blue “Update” button
where Katherine is in realtime
Newcomers, come check
pages to find out more about joining the Scubanauts!
If you have any ideas for speakers, please
let your officers know. We always need new ideas!
Missed the last meeting? See the minutes of
last month's meeting.