Thursday, December 7, 2017
Thursday, October 19, 2017
Posted by Rachelle Morris at 2:33 AM
** Deadline to Vote is 12:00 p.m. Pacific Time on October 26, 2017 **
Thursday, October 5, 2017
DEMA Members now have access to new Member Benefits! These benefits include access to health benefits for businesses located in the U.S., consumer payment solutions, and web and marketing solutions. Learn more about how these benefits can help your business.
Posted by Rachelle Morris at 3:48 AM
Friday, September 29, 2017
Go Dive Now's latest video, "Don't Be a Beach Bum," encourages viewers to live life beyond their social media feed. It promotes scuba diving as a great way to connect with friends and see some amazing things underwater. And for those active social media users, it also allows for some great photos to share on social media!
This new video is perfect for embedding on your website or sharing on social media. Watch it for yourself and share it with your social media communities today!
Posted by Rachelle Morris at 3:06 AM
Thursday, September 21, 2017
California's 2017/2018 Spiny Lobster Season begins on September 30, 2017. In an effort to increase diver safety and prepare divers in advance of the season, DEMA is circulating it's California Spiny Lobster Season Public Service Announcement (PSA) and printable visual aid. The PSA materials are part of DEMA's ongoing efforts to encourage divers to refresh their training and maintain their equipment prior to getting back in the water. DEMA Members are encouraged to share the visual reminders with their customers and community to spread this important and timely message.
Posted by Rachelle Morris at 2:32 AM
In an effort to make dive industry professionals and consumers aware of the operation status of businesses located in the areas impacted by recent hurricanes, DEMA has published a Dive Industry Hurricane Recovery Update webpage.
If your business is located in one of the areas impacted by any of these hurricanes, we invite you to submit a notice informing the industry if and when your business is up and running.
You can submit your notice for inclusion on our Dive Industry Hurricane Recovery Update webpage by completing the online form.
The candidates for the 2018-2020 DEMA Board Member Election are:
A1: Jenna Meistrell, Body Glove
A1: Ronny Roskosch, Cayago AG
A2: Kirk Krack, Performance Freediving International
A2: Kristin Valette, PADI
A3: Jerry Beaty, Dive Training Magazine
A3: Linda Sue Dingel, Bonnier Corporation
A4: Patrick Hammer, Scuba Emporium
A5: Brian Rickman, Dive Georgia, LLC
A5: Steve Weaver, Dream Weaver Travel
A5: Tim Webb, Caradonna Dive Adventures
Write-in candidates will be accepted when required materials are submitted to DEMA no later than 4:00 pm Pacific Time October 18, 2017.
NOTE: Write-in candidates and those petitioning for them must be current 2017 DEMA Members AND must be renewed for 2018 by the date of record for the election.
Wednesday, September 13, 2017
Wednesday, August 16, 2017
Friday, August 11, 2017
As you may be aware, the Florida Fish & Wildlife Commission (FWC) is under pressure by fishing groups to lift a 25+ year moratorium on the harvest of the Goliath Grouper in Florida. In an effort to capture the opinions of all diving stakeholders on this issue, DEMA conducted a survey of divers and dive professionals asking their opinions on maintaining the Florida Goliath Grouper harvest moratorium. The results showed that by a large percent, respondents want to maintain the moratorium.
With these survey results in, DEMA submitted a letter expressing the desire that a moratorium on harvesting the Goliath Grouper in Florida be maintained, as there is no scientific data indicating that this fish population has recovered from severe over fishing. Fishers continue to blame the increased population of Goliath on lower populations of lobster, snapper and other fish species. In fact, there is no data to indicate that Goliaths are the cause of these issues. In addition, Goliath Grouper are known to contain toxic levels of mercury, making the flesh inedible.
Share your input and learn more about the current status of Goliath Grouper by attending one of the FWC's upcoming public workshops.
Workshops will be from 5 to 8 p.m. local time:
Aug 16: Pensacola, Sanders Beach - Corinne Jones Resource Center, 913 South I St.
Aug. 17: Panama City, Bland Conference Center, 4750 Collegiate Drive.
Oct. 9: Jacksonville, Pablo Creek Regional Library, 13295 Beach Blvd.
Oct. 10: Titusville, American Police Hall of Fame & Museum, 6350 Horizon Drive.
Oct. 11: Stuart, Flagler Place, 201 SW Flagler Ave.
Oct. 12: Davie, Old Davie School Historical Museum, 6650 Griffin Road.
Oct. 16: Pinellas Park, Bill Jackson's Shop for Adventure, 9501 U.S. Highway 19 N.
Oct. 17: Port Charlotte, The Cultural Center of Charlotte County, 2280 Aaron St.
Oct. 18: Naples, Collier County Public Library - South Regional, 8065 Lely Cultural Parkway
If you cannot attend an in-person meeting, please submit comments online.
Posted by Rachelle Morris at 2:54 AM