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Think You Can Hold Your Breath? With the longest breath-hold in history, Spanish national Aleix Segura has beaten all comers on the 2nd March with a new Guinness World Record for static apnea with oxygen of 24 minutes and 3 seconds. (Static apnea is when the participant lies facedown at the surface on a single breath.) The new record was made, with a high level of health insurance and wide media coverage, during the 17th Mediterranean Diving in Cornellà, Barcelona, in an indoor heated swimming pool.

Florida, It's About Time: Meghan Balling, of the Florida Department of Environmental Protection's Coral Reef Protection Program, says that reef systems in Miami-Dade, Broward, Palm Beach, and Martin counties are suffering "death by a thousand cuts." Many controversial proposals by an umbrella working group known as Our Florida Reefs could change accepted behavior of scuba divers. One is to ban spearfishing on scuba. (Already rebreathers are banned.) Another is that during lobster mini-season in July, the limit will be six of these crustaceans per day. Moreover, there they may limit where boats can anchor. (Source: Broward Palm Beach New Times)...

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