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This month in the scuba bulletin:
:: Blue Carbon Photography Contest
Participants wanted for the Arendal’s Blue Carbon Photography Contest
:: Travel news
The Heron Island Dive Festival 2011 coming up in September 
:: Equipment news
Abyss 22 Navy from Mares for diving under tough conditions
:: Education news
DAN Reminds Divers to Keep Safety a Priority During Special Events
:: Marine conservation 
Marine Scotland strive to maintain a healthy coastal environment
:: New offers from the last minute board
Take a cruise in the Maldives on board Oceanic Dreams liveaboard
Dive the Bohol itinerary on a deluxe liveaboard in the Philippines
Be a volunteer diver on a Kenna Eco Diving Marine Conservation trip in Spain
Blue Carbon Photography Contest
Participants invited for the UNEP/GRID-Arendal’s Blue Carbon Photography Contest
Grassroots organizations who work in coastal and marine conservation are invited to take part in UNEP/GRID-Arendal’s Blue Carbon Photography Contest. Selected photographs will be used in a special publication for the UN Climate change in Durban, South Africa as well as for the Blue Carbon Photo Library, an online image resource.

Life on the coasts - Blue Carbon is the theme of the contest and is focused on the importance of a healthy marine environment and coastal livelihoods. 

Two categories of images are needed. Coastal and Marine Ecosystems and People and the Environment. Examples include coastal and underwater scenes, community based restoration and conservation projects, our connection to healthy coastal ecosystems (e.g. fisheries, tourism), and how a changing ocean and climate impact the daily life of people and communities living along the coast.

As long as there is a clear affiliation with a grassroots organization, all professional and non-professional photographers worldwide are welcome to submit. Organization logos will also be highlighted in the special publication. Blue Climate Solutions has offered a digital underwater camera as a prize for the best image.

Submission deadline is September 16th 2011. 

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Travel news
The Heron Island Dive Festival 2011 
Heron Island is celebrating its status as one of Australia’s top dive destinations with the launch of the Heron Island Dive Fest 2011, which is scheduled to take place from September 5th to 11th, 2011

Heron Island is known for it's great dive sites on the Great Barrier Reef and its magnificent coral gardend and pinnaclesall close to the beach. 

The festival will start with a gala BBQ and drinks on the Wistari Terrace, followed by the introduction of the week’s stellar line up of acclaimed speakers and diving industry leaders.
Divers will have the opportunity to enjoy two dives a day, with the option of doing an additional night dive every evening, ensuring they really get to know the many dive sites, bommies, and extensive marine life on this southern part of the Great Barrier Reef.
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Equipment news
Abyss 22 Navy from Mares
After thorough research Mares has developed the Abyss 22 Navy. This product has been meticulously studied and designed to give top performance and reliability under tough conditions which include diving under ice.

The Abyss 22 Navy was recently accepted into the AMU list. This is the list of equipment authorized for US navy use.

Most performant regulators will not withstand freezing tests which were carried out with the Abyss 22 Navy. The regulator turns into a block of ice. This is inevitable under the conditions of the test. However, in spite of this, the regulator continues to function flawlessly for the duration of the test.

No matter how extreme your adventure, the Abyss 22 Navy is up to the task. 
All you need is just to add water.
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Education news
Revive Your Dive 2011 a Great Example of Building Safety into Special Events 
Be it the upcoming lobster mini-season, a lionfish roundup or a fundraising treasure hunt, it’s easy to get caught up in the excitement of the moment and then safety becomes an afterthought. But for every dive, safety must remain a priority to make sure that every participant fully enjoys the day. 

DAN provides a number of resources to help divers prepare for and stay safe during the excitement of a special occasion. 

•In-person information. DAN often takes part in special events not only to share information on the organization, but to present information intended to improve diver safety. DAN’s involvement in Revive Your Dive 2011 is an excellent example of this; divers preparing for next week’s lobster mini-season can take part in the free event and complete a scuba refresher course, get an equipment inspection or have fitness-to-dive questions answered by staff from the DAN Medical Information department. Attendees of the Jim Haigh Memorial Dive Weekend fundraising event will see another example 
of DAN supporting safety in person, as Dan Orr will present a special lecture on diving fatalities as part of the weekend program. 
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Marine conservation
Marine Nature Conseravtion Scotland
Marine Scotland is working hard to ensure a clean, safe, healthy and biologically diverse marine and coastal environment that meets the peoples and natures long term needs. This englobes managing the sustainability of our seas to protect the biological diversity and make sure that our marine ecosystems continue providing economic, social and wider benefits for people, industry and society.

To help achieve this goal, a Nature Conservation Strategy was published stressing Marine Scotland's vision, aims and objectives for the protection of marine biodiversity.

The strategy sets the vision and framework for marine nature conservation based on a three pillar approach:

Species conservation
Site protection
Wider seas policies and measures
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New offers from the last minute board 
Here are a few of the ads featuring in the last minute board:

Price: 850 US$
We have space available for our liveaboard Oceanic Dreams Fathima. Price includes Transfers from Male airport to Liveaboard. 7 nights twin/double share cabin accommodation with attached bathroom All meals onboard (breakfasts, lunches, dinners). Two big bottle of mineral water per pax per day 20 guided boat dives. All dives include of tanks, weights, and weight belts with dive Masters guidance. 
Precise date of beginning 19 
Precise date of ending 26 
Number of available places 6

Price: 2000 US$ 
Special Offer with limited space available. Deluxe accommodations Bohol itinerary Atlantis Azores Liveaboard 
Precise date of beginning August 13, 2011 
Precise date of ending August 20, 2011 
Number of available places 4

Price: 486 €
Two remaining spaces for volunteer divers on Kenna Eco Diving Marine Conservation Research Program carrying out coastal habitat surveys for the Silmar Project. 
Precise date of beginning 15.08.11 
Precise date of ending 28.08.11 
Number of available places 2

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