Divers – Dive Gear JP http://divegearjp.com/ Fri, 17 Sep 2021 18:24:11 +0000 en-US hourly 1 https://wordpress.org/?v=5.8 https://divegearjp.com/wp-content/uploads/2021/06/icon.png Divers – Dive Gear JP http://divegearjp.com/ 32 32 DIVE REPORT: AWESOME CONDITIONS FOR CONSERVATION DIVES https://divegearjp.com/dive-report-awesome-conditions-for-conservation-dives/ https://divegearjp.com/dive-report-awesome-conditions-for-conservation-dives/#respond Fri, 17 Sep 2021 18:24:11 +0000 https://divegearjp.com/dive-report-awesome-conditions-for-conservation-dives/ This week’s dive report Summer is definitely here, and we’re all about it. Conditions remained ideal throughout the week, until the weekend. The winds started to pick up on Saturday as we got out on the water for REEF’s 12th Annual Florida Keys Derby and Lionfish Festival. This biannual event is important to galvanize awareness […]]]>

This week’s dive report

Summer is definitely here, and we’re all about it. Conditions remained ideal throughout the week, until the weekend. The winds started to pick up on Saturday as we got out on the water for REEF’s 12th Annual Florida Keys Derby and Lionfish Festival. This biannual event is important to galvanize awareness of the invasive lionfish problem that we have in the Keys.

For the tournament, we encountered places where we regularly saw lionfish. Lionfish are dangerous to local reefs because they have a voracious appetite and can rid a reef head of critical bottom-dwelling fish in a very short time.

These fish can live in shallow or deep water, so we look for them every time we dive. They don’t have any natural predators in the Keys and the Caribbean either, so once they’re here it’s really hard to get rid of them. This is where the REEF derbies and other events that raise awareness and inspire divers to focus on lionfish eradication come in.

The winning team “Forever Young” with a tournament record of 564 lionfish caught over the two days of the tournament this weekend. TONY YOUNG / Contributed

Next week’s dive report

Conditions this week are expected to be roughly the same as last week. There will be minimal winds and good visibility. These are definitely the best months in the Keys to dive, so go for it!

Conservation update

The Keys are full of fun ways to dive in and give back to our beautiful ocean environment. Eliminating invasive species is one facet of the reef maintenance we are involved in, but the most consistent efforts involve restoring corals with I.CARE. You’ve heard me talk about these dives; now come join one!

If that’s not enough, Saturday September 14th is also a Marine Debris Cleanup Tournament held at the Postcard Inn Resort. Basically, there are so many ways for you to participate in Critical Citizen Science and Diving with a Purpose. If you’re not sure what will work best for you, give us a call and we’ll be happy to help.

Conservation advice

It is a constant battle to keep our oceans and shores free from debris. Take responsibility for your waste and help keep our oceans clean.

I.CARE advice

This Saturday, September 14, Islamorada Dive Center will host the I.CARE Coral Planting Trips.


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