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Possible southern reef closure

Discussion in 'Cozumel' started by gopbroek, Sep 21, 2019.

  1. Doctor Rig

    Doctor Rig Nassau Grouper

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    The bacteria that is affecting the Cozumel reefs today, has already caused significant reef damages to the SE coast reefs of Florida (as I understand it).

    For those in Florida who have already experienced similar reef declines, what business and dive enjoyment impact might you predict for Cozumel in the future? The Florida dive industry hasn’t collapsed or disappeared..... so isn't that at least one positive indicator for the Cozumel dive industry?
     
  2. DandyDon

    DandyDon Old men ought to be explorers ScubaBoard Supporter

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    So, you're bored in this thread.

    Might I suggest: Don't read it.
     
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  3. horn34

    horn34 Barracuda

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  4. deepsea21

    deepsea21 Manta Ray

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    I don't think the dive industry is going to collapse with the widespread death of hard corals, dwindling fish populations and increasing plastic trash floating around... over time there will just be fewer and fewer divers who know what it used to look like and more and more who don't.
     
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  5. deepsea21

    deepsea21 Manta Ray

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  6. lionfish-eater

    lionfish-eater Photographer

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  7. deepsea21

    deepsea21 Manta Ray

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    Perhaps... Too bad they didn't have a hand-crank drill to drill a hole in it and see what comes out because even if it is a sewage pipe it will certainly be claimed to be a fresh water pickup.
     
  8. ChuckP

    ChuckP Manta Ray

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    Diving in the open sites is no different today than it was before the closure - all diving is fantastic. The sites that are open are slightly different than the ones closed - mostly less large formations but otherwise the water is fine.

    Let's clear the "up North" diving stigma up - The statement that "there's no shortage of missing divers stories" is really out there, very misleading in fact. The last two divers missing were fishermen, the ones before that were fishermen - in fact, the only normal scuba diver to go missing recently that I can remember was Cameron, God rest his soul. Fishermen dive differently than you and I, very different - so different that I think those guys are nuts - they also dive in different areas than we dive - I also don't think these guys were lost forever, I believe I hear most are found.

    More and more shops will be taking people "North" to Baracuda and San Juan, maybe even farther North than that. Those sites are "expert" sites when the current is humming, separations can happen and that can cause a problem. Some operators have PLB's and I'd highly suggest using one, big SMB's (plural on purpose) and listening very closely to the dive briefing - the next stop Cuba is no joke. They are expert sites when dove by experts lead by experts and picked up by experts that can be a blast, one non listening diver can ruin it for everyone. If you are not comfortable speed drift diving (if the currents are humming and your operator will probably have an idea), just stay down south, you aren't missing anything.

    Come here and have fun, dive what you are comfortable diving - they give out Tequila here, not trophies.
     
  9. ChuckP

    ChuckP Manta Ray

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    No thank you - I think I'm gonna play the cards I was dealt. I'm a firm believer that when they call doctors practicing, it means just that..... I've actually looked at the surgery - too scary for me. Knees replaced, hips replaced, eyes lasered - omg, that ain't for me............

    I've worn reading glasses for ten years now, can't see crap up close and my long distance needs a very small amount of help. I have two high end custom prescription masks and one with lens inserts or whatever, the custom ones give me great vision and work just fine. Oakly now in fact makes tri focal prescription sunglasses, so I don't even need my glasses on the boat!

    I personally like just being underwater - formations, ships, big things and the hunt for the little things too. Gain a friend that's a macro photographer and you'll see it better than your perfect eyes will ever see it.
     
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  10. ChuckP

    ChuckP Manta Ray

    # of Dives: 200 - 499
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    Maybe I couldn't see it - and yes so sorry and I can't wait for the lecture explaining the difference - Aldora uses Nautilus units - I'm tired
     

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