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    Welcome to our monthly "Diver Night" schedule! Diver Night is always scheduled for every first Tuesday of the month at 7:00 PM. This is an "open-to-everyone" event. You're invited and so are all of your dive buddies. There is no cover, no membership, and no charges of any kind. Come and enjoy a night of dive entertainment and education on us! We even provide BBQ tacos in the parking lot. Join the fun. 

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December 5th at 7 PM Peter Wallerstein - President & Founder, LA County
Peter Wallerstein
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Peter Wallerstein’s lifetime of animal advocacy began as the Pacific Director of Sea Shepherd, coordinating  international whale protection campaigns in the icy and treacherous waters of the Bering Sea and North Atlantic Ocean. He has facilitated over 6,500 rescues in his professional lifetime. 

In 1985, Peter  started the organization “Whale Rescue Team”, to establish a local rescue response for whales in Southern California that were becoming entangled in gill nets.  Near-shore gill netting was eventually banned by the state in 1993, after thousands of marine animals were indiscriminately killed.

Peter’s passion for rescuing whales naturally carried over to all marine wildlife that were sick or injured. 

In 2007, “Whale Rescue Team” was renamed “Marine Animal Rescue Specialists” to better reflect his organization’s efforts.

For decades in Los Angeles County the responsibility for assisting injured or beached mammals was in the hands of local Animal Control or Parking Control Officers. Officers did the best they could, but inadequate training and inappropriate rescue equipment frequently resulted in prolonged suffering and additional injuries of many animals and injuries to the officers.Since first stepping foot on the beaches of Los Angeles in 1985, Peter’s efforts weren’t met without resistance. Red tape and bureaucrats threatened Peter with fines and jail time, mainly concerned with the liability of attempting to relocate stranded seal and sea lions to a rehabilitation center. Hard work and dedication shined through, and Peter won the adoration and respect of the Los Angeles County lifeguards and other agencies as well as the hearts of the community. One by one, the local beach communities granted Peter primary rescue authority over marine mammals.Today, the Whale Rescue Team is Marine Animal Rescue, a non-profit animal advocacy organization. MAR specialists are on the beaches of Los Angeles every day, rain or shine, responding to calls from citizens and agencies throughout LA County.  Wallerstein has personally conducted over 6,500 marine mammal and bird rescues in Southern California. The stranded or injured animals he’s encountered range from whales entangled in gill netting, sea lions suffering from domoic acid poisoning, stranded dolphins, emaciated sea lions, elephant and harbor seals, to risky rescues performed on jetties and within flood control channels.

Marine Animal Rescue is Peter Wallerstein’s vision, and its mission wholly aligns with the respect for free living beings.

 

 

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February 6th at 7 PM Tony Knight - Seat Holder on NOAA Channel Islands National Marine Sanctuary Advisory Council
Tony Knight
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Speaker: Tony Knight and Colleague from Channel Islands Naturalist Corps

Presentation Topic: Channel Island Marine Sanctuary

The Channel Islands National Marine Sanctuary - The American Galapagos, UNESCO World Heritage Site

Channel Islands National Marine Sanctuary, located off the coast of Santa Barbara and Ventura counties in California, is one of 14 federally designated marine protected area administered by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), within the Department of Commerce. The sanctuary encompasses 1,110 square nautical miles (1,470 square miles) of water from mean high tide to six nautical miles offshore of Santa Barbara, Anacapa, Santa Cruz, Santa Rosa, and San Miguel islands. 

The sanctuary is a special place for species close to extinction, sensitive habitats, shipwrecks and maritime heritage artifacts. Many valuable commercial and recreational activities, such as fishing, shipping, and tourism occur in the sanctuary. A comprehensive ecosystem-based management approach is used to promote long-term conservation of sanctuary waters, wildlife, habitats, and cultural resources while allowing compatible human uses.
The sanctuary’s remote, isolated position at the confluence of two major ocean currents creates remarkable biodiversity. The mingling of cool, nutrient-rich waters from the north with warm currents from the south form a dynamic transition zone that is home to a myriad of sea life from microscopic plankton to blue whales.

Bio: Dr. Tony Knight is a scuba diver and sailor and holds a PADI Master Scuba Diver certification.  He is an underwater photographer and has an active interest in ocean conservation issues. He serves on the NOAA Channel Islands National Martine Sanctuary Advisory Council, representing the Non-Consumptive Recreation community along with Ben Pitterele, from Channel Keepers.   Dr. Knight is an environmentalist and animal welfare advocate. He is a member of the Sea Shepherd Conservation Society, The Nature Conservancy, Mission Blue, Greenpeace, Wildcoast, and other organizations.  He and his wife, Nancy, enjoy traveling and exploring the world, especially marine protected areas.  Dr. Knight is superintendent of the Oak Park Unified School District in Ventura County

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