We Need Your Old Masks, Snorkels and Fins!

Great reef preservation projects are going on and one is in Raja Ampat in Indonesia. An Australian activist, Norm Van’t Hoff, and others have organized a program run by locals to own and protect their beautiful reefs from poaching, over-fishing, damage from dive boats, and now, one more threat – an explosion of Crown Of Thorns Starfish (COTS). We don’t know why, but the COTS infestation is destroying large parts of the reef, as they did in the Great Barrier Reef. 

Dr. Phil Dustan, from the Award-winning film “Chasing Coral,” is an internationally renowned marine biologist who specializes in reefs. He and colleagues in Raja Ampat have developed a kit that injects a weak vinegar solution (harmless in small amounts to the ocean environment) into COTS, causing them to die.  Much like Lionfish in the Caribbean, the COTS are a threat, with no effective predator.

The locals are now being enlisted to eliminate COTs, but when the injector kits arrived in the islands, they went unused because most locals don’t own snorkeling gear – a mask alone is worth a week’s wages. What they need now are diving masks, snorkels and fins so the kits can be used.

Two of our divers, Bruce Butterworth and Jan Fine, are traveling to Raja Ampat in March to help with the effort. Blue Planet is collecting your old or unused masks, snorkels or fins for them to bring to the locals to use. It doesn’t matter how they look – if they work, they’re fine!

So, please bring them into Blue Planet any time. We will have a special bin for collection at our Holiday party on December 17th.

If you want more information or want to contribute in other ways, please contact Bruce at brbutterworth@gmail.com

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Rock Creek Cleanup - November 23, 2018

Looking for a great volunteer opportunity after the Thanksgiving Feast? Join Blue Planet divers to clean up Rock Creek! Work off those calories while giving back to our community by keeping our waterways clean.

When: Friday, November 23, 2018 from 10 AM – 12 PM

Where: Meet up in the parking lot across from Pierce Mill on Tilden Street right before it crosses Beach Drive and turns into Park Road. It’s about a 15-20 minute walk from the Cleveland Park Metro station. See map here.

What to bring: Wear comfortable clothes and shoes (you may get wet). Bring yard gloves if you have them. And don’t forget water — in a reusable container, of course.

RSVP: Please RSVP on Facebook, or just email the shop!

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Join us for AWARE Week and take action for the ocean!

In celebration of the ocean, the first ever AWARE Week is taking place around the world September 15-23, 2018. Aimed at empowering more divers to look after the underwater world, a full week of conservation activities and actions will take place.

Blue Planet has teamed up with Project AWARE and PADI to host a week full of activities for divers and other ocean-lovers in DC. From AWARE courses focused on tackling ocean pollution, to creating awareness for vulnerable shark and ray species, to empowering local communities to take positive actions for the protection of fragile aquatic environments, all are welcome — fins on and fins off.

Check out the schedule below and sign up for an event today!

Sunday, September 16
International Coastal Cleanup @ Rock Creek Park

Tuesday, September 18
Happy Hour: Make your dives count – REEF and Citizen Science

Wednesday, September 19
Project AWARE Specialty — Bring a friend for free!

Thursday, September 20
AWARE Coral Reef Conservation Specialty — Bring a friend for free!

Saturday, September 22
AWARE Shark Conservation Diver Specialty @ West Palm Beach trip

Sunday, September 23
Dive Against Debris @ Sandy Point State Park

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Happy Hour: Make your dives count - September 18, 2018

Part of our celebration of AWARE Week 2018!

Come find out how to Make Your Dives Count through REEF and Citizen Science. Neil Ericsson, a volunteer fish surveyor for Reef Environmental Education Foundation (REEF), will talk about how surveys are done, and how marine biologists and policymakers use the data collected to make a difference in protecting our underwater environment. Surveying is also a great way to “give back” while learning more about marine life and making every dive count!

When: Tuesday, September 18, 2018 starting at 6:30 PM

Where: Rosemary’s Thyme Bistro (1801 18th Street NW)

RSVP on Facebook or via email.

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Dive Against Debris - September 23, 2018

Join us for a special AWARE Week Dive Against Debris!

Volunteer your time and save $75 off the Dive Against Debris Specialty! Help clean up the Chesapeake and Sandy Point State Park and earn a specialty certification while you’re at it.

Dive Against Debris for Women's Dive DayWhen: Sunday, September 23, 2018 starting at 9:00 AM

Where: Sandy Point State Park1100 East College Parkway, Annapolis, MD 21409

We can do a picnic brunch on the beach following the dive, or head into downtown Annapolis.

Carpooling is recommended! We’ll put together a ride list once people have signed up.

RSVP: Send us an email to let us know you’re interested. Space is limited, so don’t wait!

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International Coastal Cleanup - September 16, 2018

Join the Blue Planet Stream Team in cleaning up our adopted portion of Rock Creek Park as part of the Ocean Conservancy’s International Coastal Cleanup!

WHEN: Sunday, September 16 from 10:00 AM – 12:00 PM

WHERE: Meet up in the parking lot across from Peirce Mill on Tilden Street right before it crosses Beach Drive and turns into Park Road. It’s about a 15-20 minute walk from the Cleveland Park Metro station.

WHAT TO BRING: Wear comfortable clothes and shoes (you may get wet). Bring yard gloves if you have them. And don’t forget water — in a reusable container, of course.

RSVP: Please RSVP on our Facebook event page, or just email the shop!

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PADI Women's Dive Day - July 22, 2018

Join the ladies of Blue Planet for a special Dive Against Debris!

Although pretty much every day is Women’s Dive Day here at Blue Planet, we’re joining divers all over the world to celebrate women in diving! This year we’re heading back to Sandy Point State Park in Annapolis for a Dive Against Debris followed by brunch.

Dive Against Debris for Women's Dive DayWhen: Sunday, July 22, 2018 starting at 6:00 AM

Where: Sandy Point State Park1100 East College Parkway, Annapolis, MD 21409

We can do a picnic brunch on the beach following the dive, or head into downtown Annapolis.

Carpooling is recommended! We’ll put together a ride list once people have signed up.

RSVP: Send us an email to let us know you’re interested. Space is limited, so don’t wait!

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March for the Ocean - Saturday, June 9, 2018

March for the Ocean is about the survival of our blue planet.  But it’s also about the fact that it’s not too late to turn the tide and restore and protect what we love. On Saturday, June 9, 2018, join Blue Planet at the March for the Ocean in Washington D.C. and Wear Blue for the Ocean!

March for the Ocean 2018

When: Saturday, June 9, 2018

11:00 AM – Gather at the NW corner of the Washington Monument Grounds by 17th St. & Constitution Ave. (Closest Metro Station: Smithsonian/National Mall ) Look for the giant blue whale & smaller pod of whales.

11:30-12:00 PM – Special guest musician performance.

12:00 PM – March past the White House and around Lafayette Square before returning to staging area (60-90 minute walk or approximately 1.5 mile loop). Wear comfortable walking shoes, blue clothing (Wear Blue for the Ocean), a shade cap, ocean-safe sunblock and carry a canteen – this will be a plastic free march.

1:30-3:30 PM – Main Stage – Join with Dr. Sylvia Earle, Philippe and Ashlan Cousteau, Carl Safina, Danni Washington and many other ocean and water champions including artists and musicians to celebrate our blue world and say NO to Offshore Drilling, NO to Plastic pollution NO to rising seas and climate disasters and YES to job-generating renewable energy, YES to corporate accountability to reduce waste and YES to living protective shorelines a healthy ocean and clean water for all!

RSVP: Please RSVP on our Facebook event page, or just email the shop!

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"Blue" dive gear for Earth Day

It’s almost Earth Day! Which scuba manufacturers are doing their best to protect our ocean planet?

One of the ways Blue Planet incorporates conservation into our mission is to consciously support companies that are trying their best too. See below for some that we have featured:

4Ocean bracelets4Ocean

It’s not pretty, but somebody’s got to do it! The women and men at 4Ocean are cleaning the coasts and oceans of all sorts of debris every day. The most prevalent trash? All sorts of single-use plastics that we consume at a rapid rate! Since plastic will never naturally degrade in our ecosystems (just break down into smaller and smaller pieces), it is extremely important to remove larger pieces before they get too small to be seen.

What: Some of the material that is collected by 4Ocean gets turned into cool bracelets! Purchasing one supports funding for the removal of 1 pound of trash from the ocean and therefore also the efforts of 4Ocean. Pick up one today at Blue Planet and show everyone that you care about marine debris!

JAWS packJAWS

Just Add Water Solutions has been providing environmentally-friendly solutions for water sports since 2005. Their formulas are non-toxic and biodegradable, and they work! As divers, we use JAWS products for everything from mask scrub and defog to wetsuit and BCD cleaner.

What: Take your defog and gear cleaning solutions to the next level! They even offer options that create less foam while cleaning, leading to less overall water usage!

Stream2Sea

Stream2Sea products

Finally! We have been waiting years for a sunscreen that does not harm the ocean creatures we are trying to see! Sometimes divers must take matters into their own hands and create solutions. This is the case with Stream2Sea. As a cosmetic chemist and diver, Autumn Blum devised a way around the harmful chemicals that are usually the go-to for sunscreen manufacturers. Instead of using a traditional nano-sized titanium dioxide, she uses a non-nano sized titanium dioxide molecule that does not penetrate the cells on invertebrates.

What: The Steam2Sea line includes sunscreens, shampoo and body wash, leave-in conditioner, lip balm, body lotion and sting-relief gel. A full line of products that can be used without feeling guilty!

Fourth Element ThermoclineFourth Element

Creating quality products that have a limited impact on the environment is a common goal for many manufacturers. Fourth Element has taken this a step further – having a positive impact rather than just a reduced impact. Their OceanPositive line of products incorporates material created from reclaimed nylon ghost fishing nets pulled from the ocean. This is the first part of their Mission 2020 goal to eliminate all single-use plastic from their product packaging and developing more products made from recycled materials.

What: We are extremely excited to carry Fourth Element products! Their OceanPositive line includes swimwear, rashguards and Thermocline wetsuits and pieces. They also offer a full line of drysuits, undergarments, luggage and clothes.

 

 

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Saving Seabirds - June 5, 2018

Join us June 5th for an evening at National Geographic! We will be heading over to their headquarters to see famous photographer and explorer Thomas Peschak talk about some of the world’s most amazing seabirds including, penguins, albatross, and puffins!

National Geographic magazine photographer and explorer Thomas Peschak journeyed to some of the planet’s most remote islands for a feature in the July 2018 issue. Get an inside look at the story to learn why the world’s majestic and ecologically critical seabirds—penguins, albatross, puffins, and hundreds of other species—are vanishing, and learn what we can do to help.

Originally trained as a marine biologist specializing in human-wildlife conflict, National Geographic magazine photographer THOMAS P. PESCHAK became a wildlife photojournalist after realizing he could have a greater conservation impact through photographs than through statistics. His work now focuses on documenting some of the planet’s most critical marine and island conservation stories. Thomas has shot eight feature articles for National Geographic magazine and is currently photographing his next two stories on some of the world’s most remote islands. A National Geographic Explorer, he is also a founding/associate director of the Manta Trust, the former director of conservation for the Save Our Seas Foundation, and a senior fellow at the International League of Conservation Photographers. Thomas has written and photographed seven books and is a multiple winner of Wildlife Photographer of the Year and World Press Photo awards.

When: Tuesday, June 5, 2018 at 7:30 PM

Where: National Geographic Live Washington, D.C. (1600 M Street, NW, Washington, DC 20036)

Tickets: Starting at $25. Purchase tickets here. These shows usually sell out!

RSVP: Let us know if you plan to attend! We’ll try to meet in the lobby and grab seats together. RSVP via Facebook or email us.

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