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Updated Tuesday, August 16th, 2016

DIVER04.GIF (27036 bytes)Welcome from the Jacksonville Scubanauts Dive Club!

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September Meeting

Our September meeting will be on Wednesday, September 14th. Our meetings are always the second Wednesday of each month with socializing starting at 6:00 pm and the actual meeting beginng at 6:30 pm. The meetings are at Athen's Café Greek Restaurant at 6271 St. Augustine Road. They have a private room reserved for us that has accommodated us nicely. Socializing begins at 6:00pm with the meeting starting at 6:30). Visitors are always welcome!

We do not yet have the program finalized for September's meeting. Hopefully it will be as good as the August Meeting's speaker; who was the director of the Navy Experimental Dive Unit at Panama City Beach. He is also the author of "Middle Waters" a diving techno thriller novel. If you haven't read it, it's pretty good.

(A continuing vote of thanks is due to Nadine, who is doing a wonderful job in finding us new and interesting speakers and topics!)

Annual dues for Scubanauts membership are due so please pay Vicky at the meeting and don't forget to bring a few dollars for the 50/50 raffle! You may go home with half the proceeds!

This year's Scubanauts Board of Officers was elected at our May meeting.. Here are the new board members:

  • President - Rob Hagen
  • Vice President - Nadine Norton
  • Secretary - Peggy Barnes
  • Treasurer - Vicky Tyde

Don't forget that Vicky Tyde is running the May 21st and 22nd West Palm Beach dive trip. Please see her for details. The hotel is the Super 89 in North Palm Beach—runs about $67 per night. The Scubanauts have used that hotel many times before. It's always been well run and is an awesome value for that part of Florida.

Peggy Barnes has a kayak trip coming up on June 11th. See the flyer at the meeting for details. There is limited space available.

  At this month's meeting we'll continue to discuss our next return dive trip to CoCoView Resort in Roatan, Honduras. If you're interested in this popular destination, there are a few slots left. Non-refundable deposits of $50 are due by January's meeting. But it will probably be full long before then. (One year it completely filled in two hours). Some years Nica has later been able to ad a few more slots late, but there are no guarantees.

Please 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.

Lionfish Beware:

Spearboard.com reports that at its April 13 meeting in Jupiter, Florida the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC) approved a two-part lionfish plan to further encourage removals of the invasive species in 2016.

Lionfish have a potential negative impact on native wildlife and habitat and the FWC encourages divers and anglers to remove them from Florida waters whenever they can. The two-part initiative will include a statewide reward program that will expand upon 2015 efforts and a Panhandle Pilot Program.

To qualify in the statewide program, participants must remove 50 or more lionfish between Lionfish Removal and Awareness Day (May 14, 2016) and the end of September.

Qualified participants will receive a commemorative coin to mark their membership and:

  • An event T-shirt
  • Be featured in the FWC Lionfish Hall of Fame on the MyFWC.com website
  • Be entered in drawings to win prizes including fishing licenses, lionfish harvesting equipment, fuel cards and dive tank refills;
  • And, if qualified before the relevant fishing seasons start, they will have the opportunity to take an additional spiny lobster per day during the 2016 mini-season (July 27-28).

FWC will also consider allowing the opportunity to harvest an additional bag limit per day of bay scallops during Labor Day weekend (Sept. 3-5, 2016), where population can support harvest.

Qualifying lionfish must be counted via an FWC approved process such as a sponsored tournament or a check-in location.

See the Activities Page for information on all Scubanauts activities! Don't let the best of club diving pass you by!

Our Photo Gallery has portfolios from members as well as photos from our contests and parties. We're still looking for more material for the Photo Gallery. Check out the submissions so far! Members, send in some for your own page.

There are still some Scubanauts logo shirts and caps left from our last order. So if you didn't get want you wanted, check with Scott to see what stock remains.

The coveted Golden Copralite award is being held by Vicky Tyde. Please pass word of any future discretion to Vicky so she can help others experience the pleasure of this award.

Off-Shore Jax dive reports still speak of visibility in the 40' to 50' range at 85+ feet to 110 feet. There are multiple reports of a thermocline at depths near 40' with temps around 84 degrees on the surface but in the low 70's below the thermocline on the bottom..

For our 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.

We've 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 news recently, 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 Largo. At this writing, her satellite tracker's last "ping" was near the edge of the Continental Shelf east of the border between North and South Carolina.

  To follow Katherine's - or any other tracked shark's - travels:

  • Open your web browser and point to the OCEARCH Global Tracker website
  • Enter the shark's name (“Katherine”) into the field titled “Sharks” in the filter box to the left
  • Click the blue “Update” button
  • View where Katherine is in realtime

Newcomers, come check our membership 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.

For the most current Scubanauts event updates, please visit us at a membership meeting!

Meetings are held the second Wednesday of each month at 6:30 p.m.

See the newsletter or click the Athens Café address link for directions!

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