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HOT NEWS Get your business noticed by sending us your NEWS/EVENTS: Heritage Awareness Diving Seminar

On May 24-25 in Marathon, Florida the Florida Public Archaeology Network (FPAN), Florida Bureau of Archaeological Research (BAR) and the Florida Keys National Marine Sanctuary (FKNMS) are presenting the Spring 2011 Heritage Awareness Diving Seminar. This seminar will focus on providing course directors, instructor trainers and instructors with a greater knowledge of how to proactively protect shipwrecks, artificial reefs, and other underwater cultural sites. This two-day seminar will include one day of classroombased learning and one day of in-field training. For more info contact Jeff Moates at or call 813-396-2327.

Oceanfest at Audubon Aquarium of the Americas

On May 21-22 come to the Audubon Aquarium in New Orleans and celebrate International World Ocean Day. Guests will enjoy a variety of hands-on activities and live animal presentations celebrating the wonders of ocean life. For more info visit

REEF recently awarded Nancy Perez the 2010 Key Largo Community Volunteer Award. Nancy joined during REEF’s inaugural year in 1993! She lives in the Florida Keys and has become an instrumental volunteer at REEF Headquarters in Key Largo. Nancy helps connect REEF with the local community through planning special events, including holiday parties, the James E. Lockwood REEF Headquarters dedication, and participation at local festivals. Her tireless dedication to the REEF Fish and Friends event is admired by all. In her spare time, Nancy is out diving and completing REEF surveys! On behalf of the REEF Staff and Board of Trustees, we extend Nancy our deepest appreciation.

Outstanding in their Field: Featured REEF Field Station, Eco-Dives

Photo by Jeff Strout

The 7th Annual Red Neck Riviera Spearfishing Tournament

The 7th Annual Red Neck Riviera Spearfishing Tournament will be held May 20 through June 25. The event will see divers from all over vying for the largest fish. The weigh stations will be Down Under Dive Shop in Gulf Shores, Alabama and Underwater Works in Fairhope, Alabama. Diving is open to all waters between the Destin Pass and the west end of Horn Island. The competition begins 12 a.m. Friday, May 20 and ends when scales close at 6 p.m. Norborne Turner Saturday, June 25. For more info visit www.

Have you ever been to Flower Garden Banks National Marine Sanctuary?

Key Largo Community Volunteer Award

If so, you are probably a scuba diver or fisherman. If not, you are not alone! Because of its distance from shore, Flower Garden Banks sanctuary is a place many people will never visit. But it doesn’t mean they will never get to see it. Through partnerships with zoos and aquariums, people are getting to experience the Gardens in the form of live animal exhibits. The sanctuary exhibits closest to Galveston are at Texas State Aquarium (Corpus Christi, TX), Cameron Park Zoo (Waco, TX), and Audubon Aquarium of the Americas (New Orleans, LA). For more info visit

REEF is proud to partner with over 130 dive shops, dive clubs, individuals, and other organizations as REEF Field Stations. This month they feature EcoDives in Key West, Florida, which has been a Field Station since 2010. EcoDives owner, Rob McCall, is fascinated by learning and finding new species and enjoys sharing his knowledge and enthusiasm with others. Rob has been a REEF surveyor since 2001 so it was a natural to incorporate REEF into his business. EcoDives primarily teaches advanced open-water scuba certifications because it enables them to focus on fun courses such as underwater photography and the REEF Fish ID specialty. Eco-dives were also one of the first dive operators to offer a Lionfish Diver specialty that teaches divers the basics of the lionfish invasion, why it is so detrimental to our reefs. For more info on REEF visit

Dixie Divers: Tech Dive Week 2011 Coming

Here it is; Tech Week 2011, one week filled with deep wrecks. The week will start Tuesday, May 24 with Miracle of Life Wreck (142’) then continue Wednesday, May 25 and dive the wreck of the Miller Lite (164’). Thursday, May 26, divers will dive the famous Hydro Atlantic (172’), Friday, May 27 they will dive the Lowrance (210’), and to finish off the first Tech Week, dive the RBJ (268’) Saturday, May 28. For more info visit

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May 2011 Vol 1. Issue 5  

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May 2011 Vol 1. Issue 5  

Southeast Dive News May 2011