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Posted by Elaine on August 28, 2006 at 14:24:46:

In Reply to: Re: I didn't see anyone harming the hydrocoral posted by Chuck Tribolet on August 28, 2006 at 12:31:35:

Southern California isn't a "no touch" zone. There is a concept of "minimal impact" - if you are going to sit/lay/touch that you try and do it in a manner that it is least harmful to anything. The area of Farnsworth that we visited was not a particularly lush habitat. If you needed to pick a spot for minimal impact/contact - there was a lot to choose from.

In referencing other areas of the world where current and surge are an issue it is widely acceptable to practice "minimal impact". Next time I'll photography their bottom sides to show what they were laying on.

In an ideal world it is probably best to hover with no impact. it isn't always possible however. I would much rather see minimal impact contact than someone banging around trying to meet imposible standards in a surgy situation. Much safer for the diver and the environment.

Too bad Dwill never posts a photo or a trip report. He is always perfect with no proof.

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