As everyone in the dive world knows by now, the Caribbean has been invaded by lionfish – reef fishes indigenous to the Indo-Pacific region. Sightings have been reported from the mid-Atlantic U.S. coast all the way to S. America and through much of the Caribbean. That much is scientific fact. But what are the long-term … Read more
I heard from a few people who thought that my blog about illegal fishing Komodo National Park was depressing. I agree. If we can’t protect marine life in one of the world’s most iconic parks, is there any hope? Burt and I have been thinking about this problem for a long time, especially for the two … Read more
Back in the early 1970s I visited Palau for the first time and was killing time in Guam on my way back to the Virgin Islands when I bumped into an ex-Navy diver I had done submarine diving work with in the Caribbean earlier in 1971. I had yanked him out of a few tight … Read more
On the Road with National Geographic In January 1996, I returned to the Silver Bank with some new expedition members and the fun really started. I knew right away that Mike deGruy and I were going to get along as we both stifled laughter observing the rest of the National Geographic Explorer film crew trying … Read more
…nearly two decades of conservation work were being challenged by fishermen who had cast nets on two of Komodo’s most prolific reefs. Where were the authorities, where were the patrol boats that were supposed to stop illegal fishing within park boundaries? No one seemed to know.