Subject: Sustainable Seas Underwater Video Broadcast in NOAA's Channel Islands NMS (fwd)

mike williamson (
Wed, 26 May 1999 08:52:02 -0400 (EDT)

Subject: Sustainable Seas Underwater Video Broadcast in NOAA's Channel Islands  NMS

Mark your Calendars for a live underwater Internet broadcast from the
Sustainable Seas Expeditions in NOAA's Channel Islands National Marine

Topic: Sustainable Seas Expeditions and the Great American Fish Count 
Divers meet DeepWorker submersible underwater

Date and time:  May 27, 1999, 11:00 am to 12:15 pm Pacific time/ 2:00 pm
to 3:15 pm Eastern time

How to register: Go to

The interactive video broadcast will begin with Julie Goodson, CINMS
education coordinator describing the Sustainable Seas Expeditions
projects that will take place during the next two weeks in the
sanctuary. Julie will be stationed on the Landing Cove platform on
Anacapa Island with her student summit team composed of 30 students from
10 area high schools. Participants will be able watch the live broadcast
and ask questions about the expeditions in a chat room. Laura Francis
will then take you on a virtual fish count dive in the kelp forest of
Anacapa landing cove and will talk to you live from underwater using
specially adapted diving equipment. Laura will be joined by 40 volunteer
divers as they conduct the Great American Fish Count.  During the event,
the NOAA ship McARTHUR, stationed a few hundred yards off Landing Cove,
will deploy the DeepWorker submersible with pilot and CINMS manager Ed
Cassano. Ed will conduct a deep-water fish count transect using the
DeepWorker while volunteer divers are counting fish in shallower water
using scuba. At the end of his dive, at approximately 11:45 am, Ed will
meet Laura and the fish counters for an underwater encounter.
Participants will be able to interact and ask Ed and Laura questions
about what they are seeing underwater.

The Great American Fish Count (GAFC) is an annual event mobilizes and
trains volunteer divers and snorkelers in established methods to
identify and document fish diversity and population trends in marine
sanctuaries and coastal areas. The GAFC inspires recreational divers and
snorkelers to participate in year-round volunteer monitoring programs
and raises awareness in the diving community and public-at-large
regarding marine habitats and trends in fish populations. The GAFC also
provides researchers, marine resource managers and policy makers with
useful information that would otherwise be unavailable. The GAFC is a
partnership between NOAA, American Oceans Campaign and REEF.

Join us as we explore, count fish with DeepWorker and Volunteer scuba
divers at Anacapa Island in NOAA's Channel Islands National Marine

Laura Francis
Education Coordinator
Sustainable Seas Expeditions
113 Harbor Way
Santa Barbara, CA  93109

Phone: 805-966-7107 ext. 463
Fax: 805-568-1582