Bruce Bowker, Iconic Bonaire Dive Leader, Dies
Open and Shut Cases
Slow Down on Cayman
Do You Know a Diver Who Became Infected by COVID-19?
Thousands More Sharks Killed for Fins.
A Sci-Fi Approach to Coronavirus Safety
Double Tragedy at Cape Lookout, NC
Coke and Pepsi Sued for Plastic Pollution
Undercurrent's Monthly Newsletter is in Hiatus
Bruce Bowker, Iconic Bonaire Dive Leader, Dies May 19, 2020
Bruce Bowker, the owner of long-established Carib Inn on Bonaire, died on May 9 from the head injuries he sustained in an accident unconnected with scuba diving, on May 5. He was instrumental in 1999, in raising funds with the help of the Dutch Royal family to buy Klein Bonaire, which was donated to the people of Bonaire under the strict stipulation that it should never be developed. It is now officially designated as a Protected Area and it is part of the Bonaire National Marine Park. His family intend to keep Carib Inn operating as soon as Covid restrictions are lifted -- see here.
Open and Shut Cases May 19, 2020
Filled with optimism, Nautilus Dive Adventures has announced the reinstatement of its Socorro trips in mid-June. With hotels in Cabo San Lucas planning to reopen May 17 and the lockdown in Mexico due to finish at the end of the month, some airlines plan to resume flying from the USA and Canada. Augmenting its fleet, Nautilus is also introducing a new vessel, the MV. Westerly, for operations in the Sea of Cortez, starting September.
Slow Down on Cayman May 19, 2020
Meanwhile, the Cayman government confirms that the islands will remain closed to visitors until at least the beginning of September. This may well set a precedent for other Caribbean nations as well.
Do You Know a Diver Who Became Infected by COVID-19? May 19, 2020
Did it happen while they were traveling? Where did they go? Who did they dive with? Do you know their email address? Write to BenDDavison@undercurrent.org, not forgetting to add your town and state.
Thousands More Sharks Killed for Fins May 19, 2020
Customs officers in Hong Kong, alerted by suspicious labelling in Spanish, seized 26-tons of illegal dried shark fins worth more than $1 million. The fins came from two species vulnerable to extinction - thresher and silky sharks. An estimated 38,000 sharks would have been killed to provide so many fins. HK Customs officials have already foiled nine other shark fins smuggling cases in the first four months of this year.
A Sci-Fi Approach to Coronavirus Safety May 19, 2020
Hong Kong Airport has installed CleanTech pods for a 40-second sanitization procedure aimed at arriving passengers. These check a person's body temperature before allowing them into the pod, and once inside, apply a sanitizing and disinfecting process employing a UV-based photocatalyst and a sanitizing spray aimed at clothing and carry-on items. The booths are currently being tested by airport staff. Additionally, intelligent sterilization robots are being deployed to clean restrooms and other high-traffic areas, applying antimicrobial coatings to all high-touch areas.
Double Tragedy at Cape Lookout, NC May 19, 2020
Pharmacist James May and his wife, pharmacy manager at Piedmont Health, Carla May, went diving on the Box Wreck, 25 miles off the coast, with Discovery Diving on May 10. When they failed to return, and their bubbles stopped breaking the surface, another diver went down to investigate and found them both unresponsive on the seabed. CPR failed to revive either. The couple was from Franklin. NC. The cause of their deaths is yet to be determined. The Box Wreck is around 100-feet deep.
Coke and Pepsi Sued for Plastic Pollution May 19, 2020
According to its website, Earth Island, a Berkeley, CA-based environmental group, has filed the first major lawsuit against Crystal Geyser Water Company, The Clorox Company, The Coca-Cola Company, Pepsico Inc., Nestlé USA, Inc., Mars, Incorporated, Danone North America, Mondelez Global LLC, Colgate-Palmolive Company, and The Procter & Gamble Company for polluting our waterways, coasts, and oceans with millions of tons of plastic packaging. Research suggests that around 150 million metric tonnes of plastic are currently floating around our oceans, with that number is increasing at a rate of between 8 and 20 million tonnes per year.
Undercurrent's Monthly Newsletter is in Hiatus May 19, 2020
Undercurrent's monthly newsletter is in hiatus pending the outcome of the pandemic, and subscriptions are held in abeyance. No new subscriptions or renewals are accepted at this time.
Ben Davison, editor/publisher
Note: Undercurrent is a registered 501(c) (3) not-for-profit organization donating funds to help preserve coral reefs. Our travel writers never announce their purpose, are unknown to the destination, and receive no complimentary services or compensation from the dive operators or resort.
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