Dive No. 838/839 Fine Diving Today
     
  ۼ : Ralf  
  ۼ : 2003/06/26 15:32  
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  Dive No. 838/839 - Little Munsom - water 22C - air 28C - sunny - visibility 15m

I had 2 wonderful dives in the shallow water at Little Munsom with Alison and Jenny from Seoul. Jenny had not been diving for a few years but after a refresher intro it went pretty well.

For the first time this year I saw a small school of Yellowstriped Butterfish (Labracoglossa argentiventris), This is a fish of about 20 cm length that we usually spot during the warm season only. It swims in schools and is endemic to the waters of mid and southern Japan, Korea and China. It is a very pretty silver fish with a yellow stripe from the caudal fin to the eye, feeds on zooplankton and can usually be found in the channel between Little and Big Munsom during the summer and fall.

Yesterday I attended the meeting about the Marine Protected Area at Sogwipo City Hall. A commitee of about 40 members that will be in charge of adminstering the MPA was founded. All stakeholders and interest groups will be represented there. For now there are no plans to limit access for any of the users. Everybody agreed that we should start with some program that all users can support, for example a campaign against littering trash into the sea. Considering that absolutly nothing had been done in the past, I would consider that a step forward.

There also is a plan to establish a visitor center where the general public and tourists can go and get information about the sea off Sogwipo. Most agreed that it should be in a location where it gets a lot of attention.

I hope that this is the begining of a positive development and I will try to have as many diving volunteers involved in the management of the MPA as possible.

Safe and enjoyable dives

Ralf
 
     
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