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March 2014

Polar Vortex, Rain in Indonesia Consistent with Climate Change

By |2014-03-27T10:57:38+00:00March 26th, 2014|Conservation|

Polar VortexThe severe winter storms of 2013-2014 in North America and the UK, and increased rainfall in Indonesia and the western Pacific Ocean are both consistent with global warming, according to a joint report issued by the UK Meterological Office and the UK Office of Ecology and Hydrology.  The report suggested that both events were the result of changes to the jet stream (fast flowing currents of air high in the Earth’s atmosphere) over North America and the Pacific.  Higher than normal ocean temperatures in the Pacific resulted in increased rainfall there and increased the flow of the Pacific jet stream, deflecting it northward.  This in turn lead to the creation of a much stronger North Atlantic jet stream that brought polar air down to Canada and the United States and storms to the UK.

Ultimately, all weather on this planet is related and the causes of these increasingly intense weather phenomenon are often found half a world away.  As can be seen by the intensity of this year’s winter weather in North America, global warming is too complex to be described by generalizations such as “winters should be warmer and summers should be hotter”.  Deniers of climate change say that the Earth’s climate has been constantly changing for billions of years, however what they fail to realize is that the changes over the past 100 years have in the past taken millions of years to play out.  Sadly, it is likely we will have to deal with more frequent and extreme weather phenomenon before we, as a global community, acknowledge our role in their creation.

February 2014

Endangered Sharks Used for Fish Liver Oil

By |2014-02-03T06:24:20+00:00February 3rd, 2014|Conservation|

IMG_4258WildLifeRisk, a Hong Kong based conservation group, recently investigated a shark processing plant in China’s ZheJiang province. Article below from the South China Morning Post:

As divers, we’re all aware of the threat to shark populations from shark-fining, but do you know that endangered species such as basking sharks, whale sharks, and great whites are being processed for fish oil and other non-essentials such as lipstick, face cream, and other health supplements? The oil wouldn’t be called “shark liver oil” but rather “fish liver oil”. In addition, whale shark skins are sold to Chinese restaurants in Europe as fish skins or fish gelatin.

This plant produced over 20 tons of oil from basking sharks, 100 tons of oil from blue sharks, and went through over 600 whale sharks last year…please spread the word as education and awareness will help stop the killing.

January 2014

The Road Less Traveled

By |2016-11-08T17:27:14+00:00January 14th, 2014|Resort|

Sunset over Triton Bay

It is now going on three years this path that I have taken, and though ahead lies a lot of hard work, the destination is finally in sight .  I don’t presume that, like Robert  Frost, this road will make “all the difference” but in many ways it already has.  I guess I could call this first blog entry “The Road Never Traveled” as it is a more apt description of what we are attempting to build here in Triton Bay, but then I wouldn’t be able to quote Robert Frost…

At the moment, I can’t help but recall all the possibilities I explored: partners, locations, liveaboard vs. resort, and I think I can say I’m happy with my choices. There was never any doubt of Triton Bay as a suitable location for diving, the issue was (and still is) whether I could marshal enough resources to overcome the cultural, language, regulatory, and numerous other obstacles. But along the way I managed to find a business partner who was willing to invest and help build the resort. And I have to credit Burt Jones and Maurine Shimlock, whose work I relied heavily upon in my initial survey of the area. Finally, a word must be said for Conservation International – if they were not committed to the area, I would not have looked to come.

So here we are, half done and hopeful that you will visit us in Kaimana Regency to see for yourself what the earth and oceans were like before the arrival of modern civilization. See you soon!