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					SDF News Sheet         June 2009
This monthly electronic news sheet is provided as a service to our members
SCUBA DIVERS FEDERATION OF SA, PO Box 360, Goodwood SA 5034
        www.sdfsa.net           sdfsa@adam.com.au
We are the peak body in South Australia, representing all recreational scuba divers.
We act as a voice for all divers and other associations on all diving related matters.

If you don‟t have the time to read through everything in this news sheet, take advantage of
the following table of contents (which contains most of the headings). Click on any item
of interest to proceed straight to that section.

Some photos associated with this news sheet can now be viewed at
http://picasaweb.google.com.au/stevereynolds600/SDFNewsSheetJune2009

CONTENTS:
NEXT MEETING .................................................................................................................2
AGM IN JULY .....................................................................................................................2
COMMITTEE NOMINATIONS..........................................................................................2
RECREATION & SPORT GRANTS ...................................................................................2
CLUB NEWS........................................................................................................................2
EXPRESSIONS OF INTEREST FOR MEMBERSHIP OF FISHERIES COUNCIL OF SA .........2
RAPID BAY JETTY UPDATE............................................................................................3
CLOSURE OF 3 COUNTRY AIR FILLING STATIONS ..................................................3
PORT NOARLUNGA UNDERWATER TRAIL UPDATE ...............................................3
SPEARFISHING RESTRICTIONS AT 2ND VALLEY .......................................................3
WORLD OCEANS DAY .....................................................................................................3
WINTER WHALE WATCHING .........................................................................................3
SOUTH AUSTRALIAN WHALES ON SHOW .................................................................4
WHALES & DOLPHINS IN THE FRAME ........................................................................4
CUTTLEFISH BREEDING SEASON .................................................................................4
MORE ON NAUTIGUIDES ................................................................................................4
SAVE POINT LOWLY GROUP PROTEST .......................................................................4
POINT LOWLY DESALINATION PLANT .......................................................................5
ENCOUNTER COAST DISCOVERY CENTRE AT VICTOR HARBOR ........................5
SEARCH FOR AE1 ..............................................................................................................5
AE2 SUBMARINE ...............................................................................................................5
INCIDENT DURING CHRISTIES BEACH WASTEWATER TREATMENT PLANT
UPGRADE............................................................................................................................5
THE UNDERWATER CHANNEL‟S FACE OF AUSTRALIA .........................................6
SHARK ATTACK VICTIM, PAUL DE GELDER .............................................................6
NEW REEFBALL REEFS IN VICTORIA ..........................................................................6
ANNIVERSARIES ...............................................................................................................6
LEAD WEIGHT DANGER .................................................................................................7
FISHING MAGAZINE‟S ONLINE POLL RE MARINE PARKS .....................................7
FORTHCOMING EVENTS .................................................................................................7
CELEBRATE THE SEA FESTIVAL 2009 PHILIPPINES .................................................8
MALAYSIA INTERNATIONAL DIVE EXPO 2009 .........................................................8
AMSA2009 INTERNATIONAL CONFERENCE ..............................................................8
SDFSA BULLETIN..............................................................................................................8
Nomination for the SDFSA Executive Committee – 2009-2010 .........................................9

NEXT MEETING
Our next meeting is being held at 8pm on Tuesday 9th June at Marden Senior College
(Marden Road, Marden). We need your club‟s participation at the meeting so please
ensure that your club‟s appointed delegate, or a proxy, attends. If your club can't send a
representative to the meeting, we still need your delegate to provide input on issues for
your club. We need to all work together to remain strong, both united and individually.

AGM IN JULY
We are holding our Annual General Meeting at 7.30pm on Tuesday 14th (NOT 9th ) July.
Elections will be held to select a new committee for 2009-10. Delegates are asked to bring
a shared supper plate along to the meeting. Annual reports need to be in the hands of the
Secretary by 30/6. Written nominations for positions on the Executive Committee need to
be lodged by 10th July (see below). 21 days notice is required for any proposed changes to
our constitution, so this needs to be sent out by 23/6. Membership fees become due again
at the AGM.

COMMITTEE NOMINATIONS
Written nominations for positions on the Executive Committee need to be lodged by 10th
July. Copies of the Nomination Forms have already been sent out to our member clubs.
The response has been very good to date, with nominations being received for Guus
Hiddink, Mark Philippoussis and Damir Dokic. Keep those nominations coming in.
Another nomination form is included with this news sheet.

RECREATION & SPORT GRANTS
Applications for the 2009-10 Move It! Making Communities Active Program close on 13th
July. Visit www.recsport.sa.gov.au for more details.

CLUB NEWS
Wayne Rumball will speak about his recent RV Southern Surveyor trip at the June
meeting of the Marine Life Society of SA. The meeting is being held on Tuesday 16th
June at the upstairs clubrooms of Glenelg Marine & Scuba.

EXPRESSIONS OF INTEREST FOR MEMBERSHIP OF FISHERIES COUNCIL OF SA
Will Zacharin, Executive Director Fisheries, has invited us to provide applicants with
expertise in fisheries management to apply for membership of the Fisheries Council of
SA. Details are included in the June issue of our SDFSA Bulletin. Further details are
available at http://www.fisheriescouncil.sa.gov.au/ ,
http://www.fisheriescouncil.sa.gov.au/latest_news and
http://www.fisheriescouncil.sa.gov.au/__data/assets/pdf_file/0019/105409/Advert_FC_ex
p_of_int_2009.pdf.
RAPID BAY JETTY UPDATE
There is now a stardropper and chain trail between the two jetties at Rapid Bay. Yellow
caps have been placed on top of the stardroppers to make them clearly visible and also to
protect novice divers from impaling themselves on the stardroppers. The stardroppers are
at a good depth, especially since they have been knocked further into the sand. They have
also been tagged to indicate distances from the new jetty. Some fish appear to have taken
to hiding behind the tags. The stardroppers were clearly visible from the surface during
fair visibility at the end of May.

CLOSURE OF 3 COUNTRY AIR FILLING STATIONS
We understand that the air filling stations are no longer available at Victor Harbor, Marion
Bay and Normanville. It would pay to check first if you are thinking of using any of these
three stations.

PORT NOARLUNGA UNDERWATER TRAIL UPDATE
Most of the markers on the Port Noarlunga Underwater Trail have been cleaned recently.
The only ones not known to have had a clean are markers 10-12 so please take a soft
plastic brush with you to give them a bit of a scrub over if you‟re diving in the vicinity of
these three markers.

SPEARFISHING RESTRICTIONS AT 2ND VALLEY
Spearfishing is not allowed in the bays of Second Valley. Page 16 of the 2008 “SA
Recreational Fishing Guide” says “Spearfishing . . . is not permitted . . . in the waters of
Second Valley Bay”. Unfortunately, signage regarding this ban has long disappeared from
the Second Valley foreshore and the sport (?) is still continuing to occur there. It is only a
matter of time before a wayward spear from an inexperienced fisher seriously injures a
diver, snorkeller or swimmer. A copy of the 2008 “SA Recreational Fishing Guide” would
assist divers to warn any would-be spearfishers in the area. Any offences should be
reported ASAP to the 24-hour FishWatch hotline on 1800 065 6522. Incidentally,
spearfishing is also not allowed “Within 100m of jetties, landings and wharves, including
foreshore areas”. This, of course, includes either of the two jetties at Rapid Bay, where it
seems the practice has still been occurring recently.

WORLD OCEANS DAY
Monday 8th June is World Oceans Day. Although it is the 18th World Oceans Day since
the UN first designated June 8 as World Oceans Day in 1992, the designation is only
official as of this year.

WINTER WHALE WATCHING
Winter marks the return of whales to our waters and also lots of whale watchers to our
coasts. The redeveloped SA Whale Centre at Victor Harbor will be open every day
throughout winter. The Centre now features historical displays and Rodney Fox‟s shark
display. Some items from these displays can be viewed at
http://picasaweb.google.com.au/stevereynolds600/SDFNewsSheetJune2009. Activities
such as workshops and demonstrations will be held each week, the focus being on
conservation, education and fun. Marine Mammal expert Dr Cath Kemper will give a talk
at the Centre on 5th June (see details below). Hundreds of school children will take part in
a special event there on 14th June, which is National Whale Day. The Whaletime Playtime
Festival is being held 4-5th July (see details further below). Visit www.sawhalecentre.com
for more details.

SOUTH AUSTRALIAN WHALES ON SHOW
AN EVENING WITH DR CATHERINE KEMPER - 5 June 2009, 6.30pm
Presented by the South Australian Whale Centre, 2 Railway Tce, Victor Harbor SA. Enjoy
the South Australian Whale Centre‟s hospitality after dark on Friday 5th June with South
Australia‟s pre-eminent marine mammal expert, Dr Catherine Kemper. Tickets include:
5.30pm –7pm after dark tours of the SA Whale Centre, 7pm –8pm SA Whales on Show, a
presentation by Dr Cath Kemper, 8pm –8.30pm light supper of Fleurieu Peninsula
regional produce complimented with Parri Estate Fine Wine. Tickets: $15.00. Bookings
are essential as seats are limited. For more information, or to book your ticket, please call
08 8551 0750.

WHALES & DOLPHINS IN THE FRAME
A workshop on Whale & Dolphin conservation and photography with the Whale &
Dolphin Conservation Society, Saturday13 June 2009, 11.30am and 1.30pm. Presented by
the South Australian Whale Centre, 2 Railway Terrace, Victor Harbor SA. Tickets are
$10.00 per adult and children are free (No concessions). Bookings are essential as seats
are limited. For more information, or to book your ticket, please call 08 8551 0750.

CUTTLEFISH BREEDING SEASON
Winter is also the time to visit Point Lowly near Whyalla to view the aggregation of
breeding Giant Australian Cuttlefish there, whilst you still can I (see item below). The
NautiGuides guide to Whyalla‟s cuttlefish can be viewed (& downloaded) at
http://nautiguides.com/files/Download/Whyallas%20Cuttlefish.pdf .

MORE ON NAUTIGUIDES
Incidentally, the NautiGuides website is now well and truly established. It is well worth a
look at. Visit http://www.nautiguides.com/ . NautiGuides provide guidebooks for divers.
A great photo gallery is available at http://www.nautiguides.com/gallery.html . The first
three NautiGuides to be published include Port Noarlunga Reef, Whyalla‟s Cuttlefish and
Edithburgh and Port Hughes. A „slate‟ map for Port Noarlunga reef is available for
downloading at
http://www.nautiguides.com/files/Download/slate%20port%20noarlunga.jpg. It shows,
amongst other things, the approximate location of the four anchors to be found within the
reef. News items are continually being updated on the site. Congratulations to Will
“NautiGuides” Scapens on a job well done.

SAVE POINT LOWLY GROUP PROTEST
The Save Point Lowly Group recently held a protest for the residents of Whyalla to say
NO - No further industrialization of Point Lowly, No desalination plant, No oil refinery,
No deep water port. The group says, “We were not consulted and we don't want to
sacrifice our pristine environment so that a few companies can make more money. There
are better alternatives.” See their web site at
http://www.savepointlowly.com.au/index.html for more details.

POINT LOWLY DESALINATION PLANT
It has been revealed that the Point Lowly desal plant will be licensed and the license
conditions will include monitoring of brine dispersal and impacts on the receiving
environment (including marine life). The proposed diffuser is being reviewed. A range of
strategies will be put in place in case the agreed diffuser does not perform. Material from
the backwashing process such as membrane cleaning wastewater, coagulating and
flocculating agents, and solids will be directed to evaporation ponds adjacent to the
desalination plant. So most of this material will be discharged to land for evaporation.
There will, however, be some minor quantities of these chemicals that may find their way
to the discharge but the concentrations are said to be too low to be of any concern.

ENCOUNTER COAST DISCOVERY CENTRE AT VICTOR HARBOR
The Encounter Coast Discovery Centre at 2 Flinders Parade, Victor Harbor features some
great displays covering many historical topics. Some of the displays also cover diving,
jetties and shipwrecks. Some items from these displays can be viewed at
http://picasaweb.google.com.au/stevereynolds600/SDFNewsSheetJune2009. The large
anchor out the front of the building is said to be from the 1837 shipwreck Solway. A
display about the building of the Screwpile Jetty on Granite Island features a mock
hardhat diver.

SEARCH FOR AE1
The search for the wreck of WWI submarine AE1 is continuing with an expedition to find
the sub being held in July. The AE1 was lost „with all hands‟ somewhere near Rabaul in
September 1914. Details regarding the submarine were included in “Submarines &
Liberty Ships” by Steve Reynolds in the June 2007 issue (No.227) of Dive Log magazine.
The search for the wreck of the AE1 featured on Channel 7 TV‟s “Sunday Night” program
on 31st May. The video of the program can be viewed at http://au.tv.yahoo.com/sunday-
night/video/-/watch/13743380/ .

AE2 SUBMARINE
Meanwhile, 30th April marked the 94th anniversary of the scuttling of the AE2 in the
Marmara Sea on 30th April 1915. Captain Henry Stoker* and one of his officers both
opened her diving valves and flooded her tanks.
* (Related to the author Bram Stoker of "Dracula" notoriety.) Selcuk Kolay, Director of the
Turkish Museum, discovered the wreck of the AE2 in 1998. This year marks the 95th
anniversary of the establishment of the Australian submarine arm with the commissioning
of the two E-class submarines (AE1 & AE2) in 1914.

INCIDENT DURING CHRISTIES BEACH WASTEWATER TREATMENT
PLANT UPGRADE
There was a recent spill scare at the Christies Beach Wastewater Treatment Plant. Details
are included in the June issue of our SDFSA Bulletin.
THE UNDERWATER CHANNEL’S FACE OF AUSTRALIA
According to the web page found at http://www.theunderwaterchannel.tv/face/josh-jensen,
Josh Jensen has been chosen as their Face of Australia. Josh says that he co-founded
„Undersea Productions‟, an underwater imaging business, in 2006. It keeps him busy
filming and producing marine life DVDs, collecting stock footage for advertising and
documentaries, doing marine life presentations and leading overseas dive expeditions. As
the Face of Australia, Josh aims to show the world a glimpse of what divers are see
underwater. He sees The Underwater Channel as a tremendous opportunity to reach a
global audience and to inspire that audience to get wet and see the underwater wonders for
themselves – and ultimately to want to protect what we have left.

SHARK ATTACK VICTIM, PAUL DE GELDER
Navy diver Paul de Gelder was seriously injured when a shark attacked him in Sydney
Harbour earlier this year. Paul‟s recovery and determination to return to diving was
covered on the Channel 9 “60 Minutes” program. Visit
http://sixtyminutes.ninemsn.com.au/article.aspx?id=812169 to follow Paul‟s chat with
viewers of the program. Visit http://sixtyminutes.ninemsn.com.au/article.aspx?id=811444
for the story transcript summary & video.

NEW REEFBALL REEFS IN VICTORIA
According to the web page found at http://www.fishingworldmag.com.au/news/reef-
named-in-fishing-identity-s-honour, “One of Victoria's three new recreational fishing
reefs in Port Phillip Bay will be named after the well-known fishing identity, Neil
Tedesco, who died suddenly last month (16th April). The reefs are currently being placed
in Port Phillip Bay off Aspendale (Rec Reef), Seaford (Tedesco Reef) and Frankston
(Yakka Reef).” Further details are included in the June issue of our SDFSA Bulletin. A
photo showing the different sized Reef Balls can be seen at
http://picasaweb.google.com.au/stevereynolds600/SDFNewsSheetJune2009#5340471498
092195250 .

ANNIVERSARIES
15 years ago, both the Brighton and Semaphore jetties were seriously damaged by big seas
on 25th May 1994. The Brighton jetty was subsequently rebuilt and the Semaphore jetty
was repaired. The Semaphore jetty was also damaged by storms again recently. It will be
closed until the end of this year.
25 years ago, the (then) Scuba Divers Association of SA held an Underwater
Photographic Competition at the Australian Mineral Foundation auditorium at Glenside
on 16th June 1984.
That same day, eight years earlier, the first meeting of what is now the Marine Life
Society of SA was held 33 years ago on 16th June 1976.
130 years ago, the first lighthouse keeper for the Althorpe Island lighthouse began work
on 14th February 1879. Seven years later, a telephone cable was laid from the island to the
Yorke Peninsula in 1886.
207 years ago, Matthew Flinders, who gave the island its name, first sighted Althorpe
Island in 1802.
121 years ago, the Star of Greece sank at Port Willunga on 13th July 1888.
169 years ago, HMS Buffalo became wrecked at Mercury Bay, New Zealand on 28th July
1840. HMS Buffalo had brought 200 settlers and John Hindmarsh, the first Governor, to
South Australia in 1836.
99 years ago, Jacques-Yves Cousteau was born on 11th June 1910. He died 12 years ago on
25th June 1997, just after his 87th birthday. Cousteau‟s son, Philippe Cousteau (Snr), died
30 years ago on 28th June 1979 when his WW2 vintage Catalina aircraft, Flying Calypso,
smashed during a test flight near Lisbon. At the time of his death, his wife Jan was
expecting the birth of their second child. Philippe Jnr was born after the death of his father.
67 years ago, three Japanese midget submarines entered Sydney Harbour during WWII. 21
men were killed when a torpedo from the M24 midget sub exploded beneath HMS
Kuttabul. The wreck of the M24 was discovered some 2 years ago. It was declared an
historic shipwreck on 31st May 2009, the 67th anniversary of the attack. A memorial
service was also held at Garden Island, Sydney for the 21 men who died on HMS Kuttabul.
98 years ago, the RMS Titanic was launched on 31st May 1911. She was built at the
Harland & Wolff shipyard at Belfast, Ireland and launched into the River Lagen. Her first
keel had been laid 100 years ago on 31st March 1909. She conducted her first sea trials 97
years ago in March 1912. She left Southampton for her maiden voyage on 10th April that
same year. Less than 5 days later, she was on the seabed at a depth of 3798m. After
colliding with an iceberg at 11.40pm on the 14th April 1912, she sank about 560km off of
Newfoundland at 2.17am on 15th April.

LEAD WEIGHT DANGER
Always remember to wash your hands thoroughly after handling any lead weights such as
fishing sinkers & dive weights. Remember also that some people who have tried
manufacturing lead weights in their homes have been known to get lead poisoning.
Melting lead produces a poisonous gas, which can be breathed in. Lead affects the body in
many ways, depending on how much is taken up and how long someone has been exposed
to it. It can remain in the body for many years and can cause reduced brain function,
including memory and concentration problems, learning and behavioural problems in
children. The safest option is not to manufacture lead weights your self.

FISHING MAGAZINE’S ONLINE POLL RE MARINE PARKS
As at 7/5/09, the progressive results of a “Fishing World” magazine on-line poll asking
the question “Are you totally against the implementation of marine parks or do you
believe they may have long term merit if properly managed?” were as follows: - Yes-
totally against - 56%, No - not against - 20%, Undecided - 24%. Although we don‟t know
the actual number of respondents to the on-line poll, more than half of them were totally
against the implementation of marine parks. The others were all split between not being
against the implementation of marine parks and still being undecided.
Source: http://www.fishingworldmag.com.au/news

FORTHCOMING EVENTS
Details regarding many forthcoming events may be found at http://x-ray-
mag.com/Latestissue
CELEBRATE THE SEA FESTIVAL 2009 PHILIPPINES
The President of the Republic of the Philippines, Her Excellency, Gloria Arroyo, has
declared the month of June each year to be the “Celebrate the Sea” month, and the second
Saturday in every June is to be the “Celebrate the Sea Day”. This year‟s “Celebrate the
Sea Day” is being held on 13th June. The “Celebrate the Sea” Festival is being held from
12-14 June 2009.
MALAYSIA INTERNATIONAL DIVE EXPO 2009
The Malaysia International Dive Expo 2009 is being held at the Putra World Trade
Centre, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia from 3rd to 5th July. Visit www.mide.com.my or see page
68 of the April issue of Dive Log for more details.
AMSA2009 INTERNATIONAL CONFERENCE
The 46th Annual Conference for the Australian Marine Sciences Association Inc.
will be held in Adelaide from 5 – 9th July 2009 at the Adelaide Convention Centre, with
the theme of Marine Connectivity. Visit http://www.amsaconference.com.au/ for more
details.

SDFSA BULLETIN
Attached along with this SDF News Sheet is a copy of the latest issue of our SDFSA
Bulletin. This is an electronic bulletin separate to our normal monthly SDF News Sheet.
Items featured in this issue of the Bulletin are: -
Seaweb Marine Science Review ......................................Error! Bookmark not defined.1
New Reefball Reefs In Victoria .......................................Error! Bookmark not defined.2
Incident During Christies Beach Wastewater Treatment Plant Upgrade Error! Bookmark
not defined.3
Expressions Of Interest For Membership Of Fisheries Council Of SA.. Error! Bookmark
not defined.4
Rock Lobster And Abalone Fishing ................................Error! Bookmark not defined.4
Future issues of the SDFSA Bulletin will include lengthy articles about matters of interest
to recreational divers. We welcome contributions from our readers.

The Scuba Divers Federation of SA is a member of the following: -
Rapid Bay Jetty Design Reference Group
SARFAC (SA Recreational Fishing Advisory Council)
Fleurieu Reef Advisory Group (Ex-HMAS Hobart)
TRAIL COMMITTEES - SA Trails Coordinating Committee (Office of Recreation &
Sport) and Port Noarlunga Reef Underwater Trail South Australian Trails

If you wish to be included on the mailing list for this electronic news sheet, contact Steve
Reynolds, the Federation‟s Secretary, on sdfsa@adam.com.au for more details.

The SDF supports both Reef Watch & Dragonsearch

Disclaimer – The opinions expressed by authors of material in this news sheet are not
necessarily those of the Federation.
      Nomination for the SDFSA Executive Committee – 2009-2010
      Nominations for the SDF Executive Committee are required for our AGM to be held on
      14th July. One form is required for each nomination. Please return your nominations to us
      by 10th July.
      Please return this form to: -
      The Returning Officer
      Scuba Divers Federation of SA
      PO Box 360
      Goodwood SA 5034 Or email to sdfsa@adam.com.au

      Elections to fill the following positions will be held at our AGM on Tuesday 14th July
      2007.
      President
      Vice-President
      Secretary
      Treasurer
      Committee Members


  a) I,         . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . being a financial club member of an SDF affiliated club,

namely. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . (Club), do hereby nominate the following person for a
    position on the Executive: -

      Name . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .

      for the position of . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .


      Signed . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .           Date . . . . . . . . . .

      My nomination is seconded by: - Name . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .


      Signed . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .           Date . . . . . . . . . .

  b) I confirm that I am willing to accept a position on the Executive


      Signed                                                               Date

      The closing date for written nominations is the last mail received Friday 10th July 2009.
      Verbal nominations will be accepted at the AGM.
Dedicated to the preservation of our underwater world

				
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