Coastal communities are no different than any other with one big exception: the Ocean. Folks who live at the coast have a common environmental bond, whether they have realized it or not. In West Palm Beach, it is Jim Abernethy’s mission to bring locals together to strengthen that bond while creating an entire community of environmental champions who take marine conservation very seriously. Jim and his network of local stewards are not only practicing efforts to cleanup, conserve, and protect their coastal community environment; they also mentor others to continue the movement. I met Jim while on a dive vacation and we struck up conversation as I returned my tank to his shop after an impromptu underwater cleanup at the Blue […]
Scuba diving and other forms of diving to include: snorkeling, free diving, etc.
Marine debris is a problem that continues to grow. Our waterways and oceans are constantly polluted with a wide variety of marine debris ranging from polystyrene trays and plastic bags to derelict fishing equipment and abandoned boats. Marine life, such as several Fish species, Whales, Sharks, Sea Turtles, and Birds have been known to ingest marine debris or become entangled in marine debris, which may lead to injury, intestinal blockage, and death. Marine debris is an Eastern North Carolina concern not only because of the threats to our native wildlife, our ecosystem and our own health, but it also washes up on beaches and shorelines degrading the environment, and effecting our local economy and tourism. Local cooperation and regional partnership is needed to create public awareness while developing ways to […]
Recycling away from home can be tricky, but is just as, if not more so, important than recycling at home. Recycling is key to making sure that materials do not end up in our ocean or in a landfill where they will stay forever, especially when it comes to marketable materials like metal and non-biodegradable materials like plastics! First thing is first, reduce or better yet eliminate the single use plastics like coffee cup lids, straws, and plastic water bottles (among’st other things). Travel with a reusable metal bottle or use the same plastic bottle over and over while on your vacation. Bring a bamboo or metal straw if you must or ask for no straw. I always feel […]
CHARLESTON, SC Oct. 7, 2014 – Shark. Just one mention of the ancient jagged-toothed creature that lurks beneath the waves fascinates our culture as much as it inspires fear. This image is amplified annually through the beloved Sharkweek program, which has run for more than 25 years. People know the chances of a shark attack are minimal, but we have a hard time silencing the fear that we could be the unlucky one. Nathan and David Garrison, surfers, divers, and Co-founders of Mano (the Hawaiian word for Shark), say they and fellow surfers share a heightened fear of sharks because they spend so much time in the ocean. Nathan is quick to note, “We always hear the ‘lightning vs shark […]
HATTERAS, NC August 15, 2014 – The Graveyard of the Atlantic Museum is hosting an Underwater Heritage Symposium bringing together state, local and regional professionals in the diving and underwater archaeology fields. The symposium takes place at the Graveyard of the Atlantic Museum in Hatteras on September 5 & 6, 2014 from 10 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. The two-day symposium provides the opportunity to connect with leading experts that bring knowledge from the Graveyard of the Atlantic to the surface. North Carolina Maritime Museum System Director, Joseph K. Schwarzer, opens the symposium that covers a wide variety of topics including near shore and offshore shipwreck diving, laws protecting underwater cultural heritage, technologies for marine science and ocean exploration and recreational […]
ROANOKE ISLAND, NC Feb. 3, 2014 – Volunteer diver David Martin passed away last week at a hospice in Pennsylvania, he will be missed by many, especially his dive team at the Aquarium. David completed 298 GYA dives in support of the Aquarium’s dive program, the last one in October of 2013, his goal was to make the 300 level. Dive Safety Officer Patrick Murphy said of David, “In my heart and too many of us who knew David, he made the 300 dives.” David was 82 years old and was selected Co-Volunteer Diver of the Year in 2010 with friend and diver Jack May.
Roanoke Island, NC March 27, 2013 – In early March, an exceptional group of divers from northern Virginia took part in the N.C. Aquarium on Roanoke Island’s popular Shark Dive program. Wounded Warriors David Weiner, Jade Sharrocks, Ron Kellogg and Ernest Spycher, representing the U.S. Army, Marines and Navy, took the plunge into the Aquarium’s 285,000-gallon Graveyard of the Atlantic exhibit to the delight of spectators. Accompanying the group was their dive instructor and active duty Marine Eliseo Rodriguez and several close friends from Patriot Scuba. The group completed multiple dives during their two-day visit, assisted by Aquarium Dive Safety Officer Pat Murphy and Assistant Dive Safety Officer/Guest Dive Coordinator Jason Sheremeta. The Wounded Warriors and guests were able to […]
Whether at the beach or in one’s backyard, follow these steps to enjoy the holiday. WILMINGTON, NC, June 27, 2012 — The Independence Day Holiday is just around the corner and many people will visit the beach, enjoy fireworks, or fire up the grill for a backyard barbecue. “The American Red Cross wants everyone to have a happy — and safe — Fourth of July holiday, and taking a few simple steps to stay safe can help ensure that this will be an enjoyable holiday for all,” said Vicki LaBelle, Executive Director for the Cape Fear Red Cross Chapter. BEACH SAFETY If swimming in the ocean is part of someone’s holiday plans, they should check the weather and […]
-ONGOING- Beaufort Oars Monday, Wednesday, Friday evenings Sunday mornings. Join this local rowing club, for exercise, competition and fun. Sailing Lessons By appointment only. Learn how to sail! Pick from traditional boat handling, adult or family sailing lessons. Call (252) 728-2762 for prices and details; $70 – $210 – Museum members receive a discount. Watercraft Center Classes by Appointment Oar making, sail making, or lofting. Classes require a minimum number of participants. Call for date options and pricing. Diving Through History Exhibit now – Sept. 18 Go deep with a collection of SCUBA gear from the 1950s through the early 1980s. View regulators, gauges, meters and flotation devices of dives gone by. International Travel Program Friends of the N.C. Maritime […]