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William Djubin; a scientific caribbean diver and Board Director for Ocean Rehab Initiative   Leave a comment

William Djubin;  a scientific caribbean diver and Board Director for Ocean Rehab Initiative


William Djubin; a scientific caribbean diver and Board Director for Ocean Rehab Initiative

William Djubin; a scientific caribbean diver and Board Director for Ocean Rehab Initiative



Ocean Rehab Initiative new Screen Saver   Leave a comment

Ocean Rehab Initiative new Screen Saver

Bubbles up and Diver Down

Bubbles up and Diver Down

Divers Direct raises the Green and White Diver Flag for EarthDay 2011   Leave a comment

Green Diver Flag for EarthDay

Green Diver Flag for EarthDay

Divers Direct raises the Green and White Diver Flag for EarthDay 2011  

Divers Direct Green diver down Flag

Divers Direct Green diver down Flag


Many thanks to Divers Direct for raising our “Diving with Conservation in Mind” Flag.

The Flag is visible from I-95 and Northlake Blvd in Palm Beach Gardens.


Press Release: For the Oceans; we choose Reef Check.   Leave a comment

Press Release: For the Oceans; we choose Reef Check.


For the Oceans; we choose Reef Check
Local citizen volunteers; comprised mostly of beach goers, fishermen, surfers, and divers, protecting their reefs with surveys and collaborating with science.
Science that is globally transferable; thus making all of their volunteer efforts count.
We, Ocean Rehab Initiative will utilize the Reef Check Methodology and establish a long overdue Baseline for the SE Florida Reef System with volunteer divers and citizens. We hope you approve, it is the right start in the right direction for protection.

2011 Jim Abernethy’s victory at Sea.   Leave a comment

Jim Abernethy’s victory at Sea.

 We realize that Jim is not the only person sharing this Victory, all of us at Ocean Rehab Initiative and all of you who care about SHARKS are celebrating as well..!

Some great Jim Abernethy Shark pics are here

 By Matthew O. Berger IPS

WASHINGTON, Dec 22, 2010 (IPS) – The U.S. Congress banned shark finning in all U.S. waters Tuesday, a victory environmental advocates are hoping sends a message to international regulators.

The law will require all sharks caught in U.S. waters to be landed with their fins still naturally attached, outlawing the practice in which fishers cut off sharks’ fins – the most lucrative part of the animal – and dump the mutilated shark back into the water to sink and eventually die.

Demand for shark fins has been growing in recent decades due to the expansion of the middle-class in China, where the fins are used in soup.

Previously, the U.S. had finning restrictions in force for its Atlantic and Gulf of Mexico waters. This legislation extends that ban to the Pacific.

The bill had been approved by the U.S. House of Representatives in April 2009 but the Senate’s approval did not come until Monday. Tuesday, the House approved the Senate’s version.

The law does not ban the sale of shark fins in the U.S., but, according to Matt Rand, director of the Pew Environment Group’s global shark conservation work, it “leaves the door open” for trade restrictions by the U.S. at some future point on countries that do not have comparable regulations on shark finning.

Between when the bill was first introduced in April 2008 and now, 145 million sharks have been killed, according to Pew Environment. Coupled with the fact that sharks are slow- growing and produce relatively few young since they mature later in life, this rate of harvest can be particularly harmful to shark populations.

Shark finning at sea allows fishing vessels to harvest many more fins at one time than they would be able to if they kept the rest of the shark carcass – and its usually much less valuable flesh – onboard. But the new U.S. law will prohibit U.S. vessels from having any shark fins on board that are not connected to the carcass, thus hopefully slowing the demise of shark populations and preventing what is seen as a cruel and wasteful practice.

Internationally, activists hope this law will propel the U.S. into a leadership position on shark conservation at international negotiations.

Rand said this policy gives the U.S. a mandate to push for similarly strong bans globally. “This is not only a federal policy but also mandates that the U.S. carries this torch to international negotiations and to other countries,” he said.
The new law caps a busy year for international shark conservation activists.  Studies have shown sharks to be worth up to hundreds of thousands of dollars a year in tourism, as opposed to tens of dollars when caught.

“We’ve finally realized that sharks are worth more alive than dead,” said Elizabeth Griffin Wilson, a marine scientist and fisheries campaign manager at the conservation group Oceana, in response to Tuesday’s U.S. legislation. “While shark fins and other shark products are valuable, the role sharks play in the marine ecosystem is priceless.”

Volunteers are needed in Boca this weekend   Leave a comment

Volunteers are needed in Boca this weekend for the Wyland Living Green Fair. Here’s an opportunity to collaborate with Wyland personally…. join us. Contact Missy at

We would also like to thank Dr. John Marr of the Perry Institute for Marine Science for addressing Oil Spill damages and future risks of the BP Spill.

Addressing Oil Spill impacts

And what a Great Time was had at the PGA Nationals Blue Friends Awards Luncheon where we were recognized as an Ocean Ambassador finalist for 2010. Congratulations to Captain Don Voss of the Marine Cleanup Initiative.

-coin a phrase-

“No greater compliment or honor can be bestowed upon an Organization or Individual than to be Celebrated and Recognized by it’s Peers and Mentors.”- Thanks for following us.

William Djubin

Ocean Rehab October 2010 Newsletter   Leave a comment

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Ocean Rehab October 2010 Calendar

October 13th 7-9pm Jupiter High Auditorium 

Taras Oceanographic Foundation

Meet the Scientists Lecture Series sponsored and organized by Taras Oceanographic Foundation. Join Ocean Rehab on October 11th at the JHS Auditorium and meet 2 Ocean Rehab Initiative Scientific Advisory Board members. Answering the tough questions regarding the BP Oil Spill Event, which includes Speakers Dr. John Marr of The Perry Institute for Marine Science and Dr. Brian Lapointe of Harbor Branch Oceanographic Institute. A do not miss event..

“We begin this season on October 13, with a panel discussion on The Oil Spill in the Gulf of Mexico and its Impact on the Marine Ecosystems in South Florida. The panelists include Brian LaPointe, Ph.D., of Harbor Branch Oceanographic Institution, John Marr, Ph.D. of Perry Institute for Marine Science, and Daniel Bates of the Department of Environmental Resources Management in Palm Beach County. Dr. Stefan Harzen will moderate the discussion.

The panelists will deliver a 20-25 minute presentation, followed by open discussions between the panelists and the audience.

All events are free and open to the public, and will be held from 7 to 9 pm at the auditorium of Jupiter High School at 500 North Military Trail in Jupiter.”

 October 22nd Blue Friends Awards Ceremony at PGA National

Awards Event Poster for Ocean Conservation

 Ocean Rehab Initiative Inc. is a finalist for the 2010 Ocean Ambassador Award for protecting the South East Florida Reef System with volunteers. (Fingers crossed).

October 23rd Legacy Place in Palm Beach Gardens 

Wyland Mobile Learning Center at ICRS

The Wyland Mobile Learning Center is visiting Palm Beach Gardens, plan to join us there or visit the Wyland MLC at these locations:

The Mobile Center is part of the Wyland Foundation and Wyland’s Clean Water Challenge, and educates the public in a fun, entertaining way with a 40-person movie theater, a running river, video microscopes, and a watershed exhibit with actual rainfall. As children enter the Wyland Mobile Learning Center, they are recruited to become “Clean Water Challenge Agents,” and begin their training and are put to task.  They are asked to solve mysterious disturbances in the health of the nation’s water habitats, with exhibits focusing on lake regions, river management estuaries and ocean runoff.  The participate in hands-on activities like bringing rain down over a polluted city to see the impact it has on a watershed, diverting a flowing river to learn about water management, and using a computer model to see changes in a lake region over 200 years.” (

Finally, enjoy Paula Caro’s video regarding the BP Oil Event, great music, and unbelievable passion for the Ocean. Thanks Paula, great videography including Species of Concern.

Hope too see you..