Sponsored by Dr. Love, UCSB
The event will be held from August 1st through August 16th and gives divers the opportunity to let us know if/where/when they spot Giant Sea Bass. Essentially what we're trying to do is obtain a baseline fish count in the Southern California area, so we can monitor the success efforts to rehabilitate giant sea bass populations since the near local extinction of these gentle giants in the 70's.
I've attached a copy of the event flyer to this email and hope that you could help distribute/display this flyer to as many recreational divers as possible. It's really informative and provides some more detail about what we’re specifically asking people to do during the count.
If you have meetings any time up until the start of the Count we would love to be able to talk to your members in person. If your club already has dives planned during August 1-16th all they have to do is report back to us with some basic information about their dive and whether or not they saw any giant sea bass. If you don't have dives planned, it could be fun to try to plan a trip to go see them. I can direct you to a few sites where people report seeing them often.
We really appreciate any help with advertising the Count via Facebook page, newsletter, or web page, as well as any participation during the event. If any dive shops or clubs come to mind that might be interested please don't hesitate to let me know so I can contact them and get everyone in on the event! And of course, feel free to email or call back if you've got any questions on the count or any/all things giant sea bass!
University of California, Santa Barbara
Love Lab: Under direction of Dr. Milton Love