New CCD Project to document RARE SPECIES at Catalina (CSA)

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Posted by CCD's Catalina Species Archive (CSA) on April 30, 2006 at 13:35:23:

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Dear Catalina Island Divers,

I am pleased to announce a new project operating under the umbrella of
Catalina Conservancy Divers (CCD) in which all of you can participate! The
new Catalina Species Archive (CSA) will document sightings of rare and
uncommon marine species found in the nearshore waters surrounding Santa
Catalina Island.

Many of you are experienced divers who can recognize easily what is common
or uncommon at Catalina. If you see (or have seen) an uncommon marine
plant or animal at Catalina Island, please help us document it with some
simple data.

Here are the data that CCD's CSA would like you to document if you see (or
have seen) an uncommon species:

Common and scientific names of organism
Date and time
Size of organism
Photos if you have them (1MB or less for now, please)

Your dive experience (years, number of dives at time of sighting, etc.)
Your marine species ID background (novice, experienced amateur, professional)
Contact info of anyone who assisted you with the ID of your organism

Catalina Species Archive appreciates your efforts to document rare
species. The data will eventually be made available to the public and our
hope is that it will be useful (and fun!) not only for the diving
community but also for the marine resource community.

**CSA may withhold from public viewing location data for at-risk species**

If you send photos, please send files that are less than 1 MB. CSA may ask
for higher resolution files later.

Email your sightings to rare@OCdiving.com please.

Thank you!

Debbie Karimoto
CCD Catalina Species Archive (CSA)
"Documenting uncommon marine species of Catalina Island"


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