July 2011

Mexican couple underwater wedding
A Mexican couple decided to have their wedding underwater in Cancun. The ceremony, performed at about 17 feet, was witnessed by over 200 guests in scuba gear. The couple decided on the underwater venue to draw attention to the preservation of sharks. [See report] -- Posted Wednesday, July 20, 2011 by chb

Glass-bottom boat baiting results in shark accident
The Freeport News reports that a scuba diver from Florida was bitten by a 8-10 foot shark while diving Shark Junction off a private yacht. The accident apparently occurred when a nearby glass-bottom boat began throwing out bait to lure the sharks. [See Freeport News report] -- Posted Monday, July 18, 2011 by chb

DEMA files suit over Florida dive boat licence law
DEMA, the Diving Equipment and Marketing Association, filed suit trying to stop the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission from enforcing a charterboat license law that imposes license fees up to US$2,000 per year and dive boats used to take saltwater fish for noncommercial purposes, which includes lobsters. Dive boat operators argue that they should not be subject to the same fee schedule as recreational fishing boats. [See Miami Herald report] -- Posted Monday, July 18, 2011 by chb

Image Gallery: Islas Revillagigedo (Socorro) 2011
New image gallery with 320 pictures from the Islas Revillagigedo (San Benedicto, Socorro, Roca Partida) now up. Sharks, Mantas, Dolphins galore. [See image gallery] -- Posted Wednesday, July 13, 2011 by chb