The Announcement of Final Commonwealth marine reserves network proposal has come out. IF this get passed into law, and it sounds like it should, it will be a good START to protecting our marine environment.
8 Unidive members, Ben Beneke, Bride Moran, Douglas Stetner, Jeremy Ford, Justin Marriner, Mark Herbert, Ryan Booker, and Trent Lee spent Saturday and Sunday attending an Intro to Maritime Archaeology Course at Manly and Fort Lytton. The course was presented by Paddy Waterson (Qld Government) and Ed Slaughter (Queensland Museum).
Saturday consisted of lectures, and Sunday was mainly practical work, recording a wreck site on land and using dumpy level for measurements. Coins, porcelain coal and old beer bottles were found, along with anchor chain. Maps were made and reports written. Lots of good discussions about wrecks and diving. The shortbread cookies and brownies were delicious!
A few more pictures here for those who are interested: Pictures
Had the solar panels installed today. At 14:00 they were outputing 1600, they are rated at 3000 watts, so I suppose that is not bad output for the afternoon and the angle they are on (we will have the best output in the morning).
Great viz, saw a bull shark and an amazing shark ray (have some bad shots of it in here).
Here are some shots: