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Lionfish in the Caribbean: Terrible Beauty

Fighting Back Against an Invasive Species

Don't get us wrong-- the Lionfish is a spectacularly beautiful creature. But, it belongs in the Pacific, where its presence is in balance with its environment. In the Caribbean, it is an invasive species with a double whammy for native fishes: it is a voracious predator, with no natural predator of its own.

 

So, war has been declared and it is open season on Lionfish from North Carolina to Cozumel! Much hope was placed in a National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) campaign to encourage human consumption of Lionfish--they are delicious. But recently, a serious blow was dealt to that campaign by another federal agency: the Food and Drug Administration. FDA testing showed an unacceptably high number of Lionfish exceeded federal guidelines for a toxin that can cause ciguatera--a potentially dangerous food poisoning.

 

This puts much of the burden back on divers, who spend time on the reefs, and who treasure them. In Cozumel and many other places, it is capture and kill for any Lionfish spotted on the reef. Of course this is a delicate process, since those beautiful fins can deliver a seriously unpleasant sting.

 

On a recent trip to Cozumel, multiple Lionfish were spotted on some dives. None were mature adults--the largest being just bigger than a grapefruit including the fins. Most were carefully captured by our expert dive leader using a ziploc bag and a magnifying glass.

 

Once in the bag, the fish were simply crushed with the handle of the lens, then offered to other fish. Even though the Lionfish doesn't seem to have any natural predators in the Caribbean, it was heartening to see that in some cases, fish literally lined up to get a shot at the dead Lionfish.

 

Remember, if--or when--you spot a Lionfish on a dive, keep a respectful distance and report your observation to your dive leaders.

SCUBA School: Flexible & Convenient

Jul 17-18 Weeknight Open Water Part 2 and Specialties

Jul 21-22 Open Water Diver Part 2, Advanced Open Water Diver and Specialties

Jul 27-29 Open Water Diver Part 1 and Refreshers

Jul 31-Aug 1 Weeknight Open Water Part 2 and Specialties

Aug 10-12 Open Water Part 1 and Refreshers

Aug 14-15 Weeknight Open Water Part 2 and Specialties

Aug 18-19 Open Water Diver Part 2, Advanced Open Water Diver and Specialties

Aug 24-25 Open Water Part 1 and Refreshers

Aug 28-29 Weeknight Open Water Part 2 and Specialties

 

Custom scheduling is also available--call or stop by to keep diving. Or check our online training calendar at your convenience.

Your Adventure Begins Here

Look here for the latest schedule of great dive Adventures. And, if you don't see a trip that meets your needs, just ask. We'll be happy to work with you on flexible arrangements!


May 2013: Truk (Chuuk) Odyssey Live Aboard Adventure Sports is very excited to offer our dive buddies the chance to make this dream come true! May 19-26, 2013, we will sail aboard the Odyssey to explore the legendary sites of Chuuk.

 

We have put together a fantastic package that includes 7 nights aboard Odyssey, with 6 days of diving. Dive up to five times a day! Enriched air divers will enjoy complimentary Nitrox to ensure the most bottom time exploring.

 

The price of this Adventure is $3095 per person, based on double occupancy. (Plus VAT/sales tax and $30 Chuuk dive permit. Airfare not included.) Space is limited so reserve your spot soon!


Call or stop by soon and get ready for Adventure! If the trip you are interested in is sold out, please ask about a wait/cancellation list, or about scheduling another Adventure to that location.

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In this issue:

Fighting Back Against an Invasive Species

SCUBA School: Flexible & Convenient

Your Adventure Begins Here

DAN is Our Buddy

Wichita's Best & Most Convenient Dive Shop

Doo Dah Divers TONIGHT

Cozumel Reefs: Beauty Worth Fighting For

Dollars for Bricks Ends July 31

Saturday Snacks

Connect with Adventure Sports

Doo Dah Divers TONIGHT

Wichita's dive club, the Doo Dah Divers, will next meet TONIGHT, Thursday, July 12th, at 7PM. The meeting will be at Marco's Cantina, located at 6600 West Central.

 

Adventure Sports is proud to support the Doo Dah Divers and warmly invites you to join in the fun and fellowship!

 

 

Cozumel Reefs: Beauty Worth Fighting For

 

Cozumel's stunning reefs and easy drift-diving make for a fantastic experience for new and veteran divers.

 

And, with our Custom Coz dive packages, we can tailor a vacation to your schedule and preferences.

 

You will also be blown away by the fantastic service of our dive partners in Cozumel. "Valet diving" means you won't touch your gear except when it is time to hit the water.

 

Call or stop by today to set up your Custom Coz vacation!

Dollars for Bricks Ends July 31

 

Well, not actual bricks... "Bricked" dive computers are worth serious dollars off a new SUUNTO dive computer this month.

 

Trade in any dive computer--WORKING OR NOT--and get a great discount on a state of the art SUUNTO computer. But act fast because the deal ends July 31st.

 

Stop by Adventure Sports to learn how you can take advantage of this excellent opportunity to step up to state of the art diving technology.

Saturday Snacks

Yup, you can always escape the Saturday job list by hanging out at your Adventure Sports, enjoying free coffee and snacks. See you at 10AM!

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