Monday, December 9, 2013

2014 Symposium Annoucement

5th Annual Science Diving Symposium
Friday, February 21, 2014
Hosted by the North Carolina Aquarium at Pine Knoll Shores

The Scientific Diver Symposium is held annually in Carteret County, NC and is open to all Scientific Divers, Scientists, and Educators who are located in or around Carteret County and contribute to expanding knowledge of marine and estuarine environments.  To be clear, your work does not have to be in North Carolina!!! Symposium goals are:

1. Allow scientific divers to meet and exchange information with other divers on methods, techniques, and research that requires the use of SCUBA as a tool,
2. Share knowledge of safer and more efficient diving and research methods, and
3. Educate non-diving scientists and educators about ways SCUBA and divers might enhance their success

The morning session will be open to divers only; the afternoon session will be open to all scientists and educators from the member institutions.  Please register before Feb. 13 so we can get a proper head and plan the presentation order.

Cost paid at the door:
Morning session: $10
Lunch: $10
Both if registered before Feb. 21: $15, the day of $20
Afternoon session: FREE!!
Happy Hour: Cash bar   

Submit entries for the Photo Contest to and win a dive at the aquarium!

If you have questions, please contact Steve Broadhurst ( and Jenny VanderPluym (


8:00 - 830: Registration, hospitality, and Meet and Greet

9:00- 12:00: Science Diver Meeting:
  1. Carteret County response to dive emergencies
    1. Lessons learned from recent event
    2. Changes to first responders and hospital workers
    3. DAN and Duke continuing education for hyperbaric medicine
  2. Deep Stop Theory
  3. Recent discoveries of DAN research
12:00- 1:00: Lunch Buffet sandwich bar with soup and sides catered by Capt. Bill’s Waterfront Restaurant, Morehead City, NC

AFTERNOON SESSION:  Presentations by research and education divers held in Sound Side Hall at the NC Aquarium at Pine Knoll Shores and moderated by Steve Broadhurst, DSO Duke.

Opening Remarks.  Steve Broadhurst, DSO Duke
1:00-2:00: Scientific Presentations

2:00-2:30: DAN representative: “The year in review from DAN statistics, lessons learned”

2:30-2:45: Break

2:45-4:00: Scientific Presentations

4:00-4:15: Photo contest winner decided by crowd.

Closing Remarks: Janelle Fleming

HAPPY HOUR: Bistro By the Sea ( in Morehead City in conjunction with the “If you can’t beat ‘em, Eat ‘em” exotic food and wine pairing fund-raiser for ECARA ( and Carteret Catch ( .  Lionfish tidbits and cash bar.


Tuesday, March 12, 2013

CCSDA Photo Contest Winners


CCSDA Photo Contest Winners!

Thanks for participating in this year's inaugural photo contest.
We look forward to seeing your entries next year!

Congratulations to....
Modern Clam Art - Jim Hench
Tortugas Swirl - Amy Urhin

Monday, February 18, 2013

Updated schedule with talk titles!

4th Annual Science Diving Symposium
Friday, February 22, 2013
Hosted by the North Carolina Aquarium at Pine Knoll Shores


08:00-08:30: Registration, Hospitality, and Meet and Greet

09:00-12:00: Science Diver Meeting:
  1. Emergency Action Plan comparison—DSOs bring digital versions of their plans with support materials to share on projector
    1. Lessons learned from using their plans
    2. Program descriptions: diver #, depths of diving, expertise, specialty, supervisory structure, etc….
    3. Information sharing of local resources
  2. Drilling & Training—Information Sharing
  3. Discussion of collaborative training
  4. Equipment servicing protocols—print outs from Glen
  5. DAN discussion with Dr. Bird—DAN revamp and reconstruction

12:00- 1:00: Lunch Buffet sandwich bar with soup and sides catered by Capt. Bill’s Waterfront Restaurant, Morehead City, NC
Opening Remarks. Steve Broadhurst, DSO NC Aquarium at Pine Knoll Shores

1:00-1:15: D. Wilson Freshwater, et al., “Seasonal and Spatial Variation in the Benthic Community of North Carolina Offshore Hardbottoms.”

1:15-1:30: Jennifer Idol, “Seasonal and Spatial Variation in the Benthic Community of North Carolina Offshore Hardbottoms: Results for 23mile Reef”

1:30-1:45: Paula E. Whitfield, et al., “Pez Leon Control in Mexican Marine Parks: The Role of Fishery Cooperatives and the ‘Artisanal’ Fishery.”

1:45-2:00: Lucas Simonds, “Identification of the Eckner Street Wreck.”

2:00-2:30: Dr. Nick Bird, “DCI Issues in remote locations”

2:30-2:45: Break

2:45-3:00: Chris Taylor, “An update on Fish Spawning Aggregation Research in the Florida Keys: (and a short story of an unfortunate interaction between divers and fishermen”

3:00-3:15: Ray Mroch, “Discard mortality of the black sea bass: new methods of measurement”

3:15-3:30: Mark Hooper, “Brief history of REEF and North Carolina’s recent inclusion”

3:30-3:45: Lauren Hesseman, “Scientific Diving in Education and Outreach”

3:45-4:00: Erin Burge: “Coastal Carolina University and the importance of scientific diving”

4:00-4:15: Photo contest winner announcement

Closing Remarks: Mark Hooper

HAPPY HOUR: 5:00-6:00 in Tidal Waters Gallery. Hors d’oeuvres and cash bar

New Pictures just received!

New Pictures for the Photo Contest

SDAS#11: "Oh Quadrats and I love thee"

SDAS#12: "Cluster"

Sunday, February 17, 2013

Vote for the best Photos!

Vote for your favorite photo in each category! Please follow the following Google Form

The talk schedule will be out shortly!

Monday, February 11, 2013

Photo Contest Entries


Category: Underwater Organisms

UO#1: "Modern Clam Art"

UO#2: "Eel Grass"

UO#3: "Cuttle Fish"

UO#4: "Nurse Shark in repose"
UO#6: "Reef Denizen, Oyster Toad"

UO#5: "Nice Coral ya got there"

UO#7: "Christmas"

UO#8: " Mid-January marine snow fall on Wysor's beautiful leaf (Augophyllum wysorii)"

UO#9: "Seeing Spots"
UO#10: "Rush hour"

UO#11: "Up close and personal"

Category: Science Diving Action Shots

SDAS#01: "Never a dull moment with Mark Hooper as your buddy"
SDAS#02: "Tortugas swirl"
SDAS#03: "Lovely bouquet of Flower Gardens"

SDAS#04: "Cruising for Marine Debris"

SDAS#05: "Lifting the anchor"
SDAS#06: "Wake Bumpheads"

SDAS#07: "Safety Stop in the Open Ocean"

SDAS#08: "Contemplating ascents"

SDAS#09: "Am I being followed?"

SDAS#10: "For all the Physical Oceanographers out there!"