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Dive Mixer: Dive Club Event

Posted by Corie Cox on

Special guests hosted by Corie Cox of Eco Dive Center:

7:00pm Alex of Project AWARE
7:30PM Nick Fash of Heal the Bay - Kelp vs Urchins

Another rad mixer with 80+ divers packed under one roof. Join the fun.

Unlimited BBQ Tacos: 6:45PM to 7:20PM
Raffle Ticket Sales: 6:45 to 7:45
Social Hour: At Joxers (pub accross the street) until ?PM

Prizes: Boat Ticket to Catalina, First Aid Kit and Pool Discovery Diver for a Friend

About the Speaker #1:
Alex Earl is the Executive Director of Project AWARE Foundation, which works to mobilize divers globally to protect our ocean planet. Project AWARE is the only conservation organization exclusively focused on representing the global environmental voice of scuba divers. Project AWARE offers impactful global solutions that divers and ocean advocates can be part of through citizen science and at the grassroots level. Through powerful partnerships and alliances like the International Union for the Conservation of Nature (IUCN), Project AWARE ensures the voice of divers is heard where it has not traditionally been on an international environmental policy level. Alex has worked for Project AWARE since 2012 and he previously worked as a global executive for Sea Shepherd Conservation Society. He began his dive training in the cool waters of Whytecliff Park, the first Marine Protected Area in Canada. And in 2001, he earned his Advanced Diver certification in the warm tropical waters of another marine protected area in Puerto Galera, Philippines. Scuba diving clarified for Alex that marine conservation was his path in life. A native of British Columbia, Canada, he holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in Political Science and History from the University of British Columbia and has completed coursework with the United Nations Institute for Training and Research. He is also an alumni of a Canadian version of Peace Corps. Alex has been fortunate to live, work, volunteer and dive globally within North, Central and South America, Europe, Africa, Northeast and Southeast Asia, Australia, New Zealand and Micronesia.

I look forward to meeting you on Tuesday. I confirmed with my colleagues that we have sent you a variety of Project AWARE materials including a banner for your July 24 event. We are grateful to have your support and thank you for all you are doing for marine conservation.

For the ocean,

Alex

Project AWARE Foundation is a growing movement of scuba divers protecting the ocean planet - one dive at a time. Over the past two decades of underwater conservation we've learned that divers are true leaders in ocean protection. We're ocean heroes numbering in the millions across the globe. We believe together our actions will make a huge impact and will help to rescue the ocean. With new programs and more online resources than ever before, Project AWARE supports an unprecedented global movement of divers acting in their own communities to protect oceans and implement lasting change.

We're focusing in on two major ocean issues -Sharks in Peril and Marine Debris, or trash in our ocean. Truly, there are many conservation issues converging on our ocean planet at once, but we're concentrating on these serious problems where scuba divers are uniquely positioned to directly and positively affect real, long-term change in these two areas.

Together, we're re-thinking what's possible and sharing a positive vision for our ocean future. Get ready for the work ahead by joining the movement of thousands of divers to protect our ocean planet.

Speaker #2
Topic Giant Kelp (Macrocystis pyrifera), the most distinctive and iconic algae of the California coast. Home to thousands of different organisms, kelp forests are under attack, not just from pollution, but also the human disruption of the delicate balance that holds our oceans in harmony. Learn about how our kelp forests function, how they have changed and what is being done to help rebuild these vital marine habitats.

Nick Fash, Biologist and Education Manager for Heal the Bay.

Nick has worked from the Arctic studying salmonid population dynamics to Central America looking at coral reef recruitment and recovery. Now he lives and works in southern California, educating the community of marine issues, sustainable seafood, and how our daily lives influence the oceans we love. A SCUBA instructor himself, he has extensively dove the waters of southern California and watched the waters change.
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