1008 Tenth Street #418
June 16, 2003 Volume 1
Sacramento, CA 95814
What’s Up With CEMR
One of CEMR’s primary goals is to It has been a while since we last the boccacio and cowcod – thrive
preserve platform reefs and other marine distributed Reef Source to our 600+ on or around the platform reefs.
habitats. If you’d like to submit a photo of members.
a reef (artificial or not) for an upcoming The more we can demonstrate the
newsletter please contact us. In our last newsletter, we discussed value and importance of these
how Governor Gray Davis vetoed a artificial reefs, the closer we will
bill that would have created a rigs-to- come to developing a plan to
reefs program in California after the save them from full removal and
bill was passed by a large majority complete destruction.
in the California Legislature. That bill,
Our education efforts will involve
Senate Bill 1, had widespread support
our members more this year. We
from divers, sportsfishing enthusiasts
are busy meeting with dive clubs
and the public – more than 60
and other interest groups around
California and we plan a number
Although the veto was a setback, of special events – including a dive
CEMR’s efforts to preserve the thriving trip to Platform Edith. We also have
ecosystems that have developed on a special live Webcast scheduled
California’s offshore platforms have for October that will provide a
1008 Tenth Street #418
Sacramento, CA 95814 not stopped. divers-eye view of a platform reef for
www.preservereefs.org anyone with access to the Internet.
This year, our efforts are going to
focus on educating the public If CEMR can help you tell the story
and key decision makers about about platform reefs to your group
the importance of the reefs and or friends, let us know. We are here
exposing as many people to the life to keep you informed and to help
on the rigs as we can. Not enough you get more involved.
people in California understand
the value of the rig habitats. Not
only are they home for millions of
invertebrates but many species of fish
– including “threatened” species like
In this edition:
What’s Up With CEMR
Web Site Update
Dive Club Presentations
CEMR Participates in Scuba 2003
Attention All Divers! Dive Contest
New Board Members
Web Site Update New Board Members
As part of our effort to better inform our members, the Coalition for CEMR welcomes three new board members to its ranks who
Enhanced Marine Resources (CEMR) has renovated it’s Web site, add diversity and a well-rounded understanding of the
located at www.preservereefs.org, to include everything from how issues surrounding artificial reefs. Forbes Darby, Bob Shipp
to become a CEMR member to a complete history of the coalition’s
and Dick Long are the newest 2003-2004 board members.
“My hopes for the newly redesigned website are that people will Forbes Darby is the special projects director of the
become more informed, involved and excited about the great things American Sportfishing Association (ASA), the leading trade
‘rigs to reefs’ and CEMR have to offer,” said Barry Broad, chairman of association of the recreational fishing industry. His expertise
Dive Club Presentations the board. in fishing for recreational purposes will help the CEMR
The site allows its browsers to access the CEMR newsletters to keep up board better understand the plight of sport fishermen, while
on what’s happening with the coalition, as well as read press releases realizing the importance of maintaining sustainable fish
about CEMR’s efforts to bring a “rigs to reefs” program to California. populations in artificial reef environments.
In an ongoing effort to increase awareness about the
thriving ecosystems at the offshore platforms off the coast Its user-friendly appeal helps browsers learn about CEMR’s efforts by Bob Shipp also shares Darby’s love of fishing. Having served
of California, CEMR is meeting with dive clubs statewide posting its mission, hosting detailed Q&A pages and displaying a map as a judge for several fishing tournaments, Shipp has written
about the continued potential for a rigs-to-reefs program in of the rigs off of California’s coast. extensively for Sport Fishing Magazine and authored “Dr.
California. The presentations include information about the The “What Others are Saying” menu helps to know what citizens, Bob Shipp’s Guide to fishes of the Gulf of Mexico,” a fish
organization, its goals and the benefits these platform reef experts and those involved with the CEMR project think about “rigs to identification manual. His specialties in the ecology of
habitats provide to sea life, dive enthusiasts and the state. reefs” while learning about the benefits the program has on the state artificial reef systems and fish systematics will aid CEMR in
Each presentation includes a question and answer session and sea life. understanding mapping reef changes and monitoring what
and is an opportunity for members of the dive community The new site comes complete with swimming fish graphics, pictures type of sea creatures are inhabiting these reefs systems.
to find out more about life below the rigs. (We also bring of the underwater reef-life and a downloadable screensaver for your
raffle prizes!) computer. To learn more about CEMR check out the revamped site at Dick Long’s extensive dive history and scuba knowledge
www.preservereefs.org. will help CEMR to conduct dives to demonstrate the rich
If you are a member of a dive club or know someone who diversity of sea creatures living on the artificial reefs and
is and may be interested in learning more about CEMR, reach dive enthusiasts at industry shows. His credibility
please contact Tracy Bone at (916) 325-2938, and we will CEMR Participates in Scuba 2003 within the dive community is well documented, having
be happy to visit your club’s next meeting. been the recipient of many “Diver of Year” Awards. He
is the inventor of innovative drysuit designs and is a well-
CEMR will be well represented at what is billed as one of North known lecturer about issues involving the diving community.
America’s largest diving events. Scuba Show 2003 will take place
June 21 and 22 at the Long Beach Convention Center. More than The CEMR board is excited to add these three highly skilled,
10,000 diving experts and enthusiasts are expected to crowd into knowledgeable and enthusiastic members to its board to
the facility to learn the latest about what’s happening in the diving
help accomplish CEMR’s goals.
world. They will see the newest technology and product lines and
hear about CEMR efforts to save and protect marine life surrounding
California’s artificial reefs.
Come see us at booth # 114!
Attention All Divers!
Does spending an entire day under water at an offshore artificial reef
sound exciting to you? CEMR will be holding a raffle this summer to
give away a free dive trip to Platform Edith, located off of the Long
Beach coast. CEMR will take you and a guest to Platform Edith for an
opportunity to explore the lush marine habitat beneath the surface.
If interested, please send your name and phone number to the
contact information listed on this page, or call Tracy Bone at (916) 325-
2938. Contest results will be announced in September of 2003.