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Nominations Open for 2016 DAN/Rolex Diver of the Year Award



For decades, Divers Alert Network and Rolex have collaborated to award one of the most prestigious honors in scuba diving: the DAN/Rolex Diver of the Year Award. What began as a grant to DAN in the late 1980s has become an annual tradition to honor one individual who has made significant contributions to DAN’s mission of dive safety within the past year.

Since the award was first presented, the list of winners has grown to include dive physicians, educators and scientists of professional renown and altruistic character. “Through this award, DAN and Rolex have acknowledged outstanding individuals who have devoted their careers to making diving safer for all of us,” said Bill Ziefle, President and CEO of Divers Alert Network.

Nominees for the 2016 DAN/Rolex Diver of the Year Award should be individuals who are passionate about diving, promote and support DAN’s mission to prevent and manage diving incidents, demonstrate exceptional dedication to establishing a culture of dive safety, and are committed to the highest level of care for the environment. As leaders in the dive community, nominees must also go above and beyond to ensure all divers: Prepare smarter through proper dive training, equipment maintenance and predive rituals; dive smarter by exercising dive safety protocols, adhering to conservative diving profiles and maintaining high levels of situational awareness; and respond smarter through first-aid training and continuing education.

The 2016 DAN/Rolex Diver of the Year will be awarded an all-expenses-paid trip to the 2016 Beneath the Sea Dive Show in Secaucus, New Jersey, on April 1-3, to receive a custom-engraved Oyster Perpetual Rolex Dive Watch, personalized jacket and a commemorative wall plaque in recognition of his or her efforts. Rolex will also generously donate $10,000 to DAN to fund this experience and to support the essential safety initiatives DAN provides through medical research, services, safety education and first-aid training.

The 2016 DAN/Rolex award winner will be selected by a committee comprised of DAN President and CEO Bill Ziefle, senior DAN staff, at-large members, Rolex representatives and past award-winners. All qualified nominees will be notified on December 21, 2015. The winner of the 2016 DAN Rolex Diver of the Year Award will be notified of this honor by January 22, 2016.

Candidates can be nominated by completing an application that showcases the diver’s contributions to dive safety. Nominations can be submitted for consideration no later than December 18, 2015 to Garrett Broyles at Nominations can also be sent via postal mail to Divers Alert Network, DAN/Rolex Awards, 6 West Colony Place, Durham, NC, 27705.

Marine Life & Conservation

BLUE EARTH – Future Frogmen Podcast Series – Deep-Sea Stories From a Shadow Diver: a conversation with Richie Kohler



A series of conservation educational podcasts from Future Frogmen, introduced by Jeff Goodman.

Deep Sea Stories From a Shadow Diver: a conversation with Richie Kohler. 

This episode of the Blue Earth Podcast is a conversation with Richie Kohler. He’s an explorer, technical wreck diver, shipwreck historian, filmmaker, and author.

Richie was featured in Robert Kurson’s incredible book “Shadow Divers ”. It’s a thrilling true story about Richie and John Chatterton’s quest to identify the wreck of an unknown WWII German U-boat (submarine), 65 miles off the coast of New Jersey. They dedicated six years of their lives attempting to identify the wreck.

Richie has travelled the world and explored many deep wrecks, including the Andrea Doria, Titanic, and Britannic. He’s the author of “Mystery of The Last Olympian” about the Britannic.

Richard E Hyman Bio

Richard is the Chairman and President of Future Frogmen.

Born from mentoring and love of the ocean, Richard is developing an impactful non-profit organization. His memoir, FROGMEN, details expeditions aboard Jacques-Yves Cousteau’s famed ship Calypso.

Future Frogmen, Inc. is a nonprofit organization and public charity that works to improve ocean health by deepening the connection between people and nature. They foster ocean ambassadors and future leaders to protect the ocean by accomplishing five objectives.

You can find more episodes and information at and on most social platforms @futurefrogmen.

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Marine Life & Conservation

New Fisheries Act misses the mark on sustainability, but what now?



A better future for our seas is still beyond the horizon, says Marine Conservation Society

The UK’s landmark post-Brexit fisheries legislation has now become law. The Fisheries Act, the first legislation of its kind in nearly 40 years, will shape how the UK’s seas are fished for years to come.

The Marine Conservation Society, which campaigned for amendments to the legislation throughout its development, is disappointed by the removal of key sustainability amendments and by the removal of a commitment to rolling out Remote Electronic Monitoring.

The charity has committed to pushing the UK Government to go further than the framework which the Fisheries Act sets out, with greater ambition for the state of UK seas.

Sandy Luk, Chief Executive of the Marine Conservation Society said: “UK Government and devolved administrations must act urgently to deliver climate and nature smart fisheries under the new Fisheries Act. This is a key condition if our seas are to recover to good health. The UK Government removed key amendments from the legislation while making promises on sustainability and the introduction of remote electronic monitoring. We will continue to hold the government to account over these promises.”

“I’m pleased to see the recognition of the important role fisheries play in our fight against the climate emergency.  However, even with a climate change objective in the Act, actions speak louder than words. We must get to work delivering sustainable fisheries management, which will have a huge benefit to our seas, wildlife and the communities which depend upon them.”

The Fisheries Act has become law against a backdrop of the ocean’s declining health. UK waters are currently failing to meet 11 out of 15 indicators of good ocean health and over a third of fish in UK waters are being caught at levels which cannot continue into the future. Whilst the legislation failed to address some of the more pressing issues facing UK seas, including overfishing, there is still an opportunity to affect change in the years which follow.

Sam Stone, Head of Fisheries at the Marine Conservation Society said: “The Fisheries Act marks the start of a new era of fisheries management in the UK, but the next two years will be critical in defining what this looks like. The new Act has some good objectives, but we now need to come together to make sure it really delivers the on-water change that is desperately needed for ocean recovery.

“There is genuine opportunity to create fisheries that deliver for coastal communities and for the environment, but it means moving away from ‘business-as-usual’. The UK and devolved governments now have the powers to move forward with progressive new management in their waters. That means proper incentives for low impact fishing, proper monitoring of catches and proper commitments to sustainable fishing.

“In the short term, the four nations must work together to make impactful changes, starting by addressing the UK’s most at risk fish stocks. Recovery plans are needed for our depleted stocks, including new catch limits, selectivity and avoidance measures, protection of vital habitats and fully documented catches. Rolling out Remote Electronic Monitoring with cameras on larger vessels throughout the UK should be top of the agenda if future policy is to be as well informed as possible.”

For more information about the Fisheries Bill and the Marine Conservation Society’s work, visit the charity’s website.

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