[Coral-List] Coral Diving Award
allison.billiam at gmail.com
Tue Dec 22 10:58:31 EST 2009
The implications could be interesting:
On Tue, Dec 22, 2009 at 10:44 AM, Jim Hendee <jim.hendee at noaa.gov> wrote:
> Greeting again...
> As the subject of a good story and for purposes of a follow-up
> award, Dave Fuzzo has asked if he could query Coral-List subscribers to
> determine who has dived longer and in more places than any coral
> scientist. He will follow-up in January, but for the time being, I
> guess some of the qualifiers we can think of are:
> * Does "any coral scientist" include deceased divers? Like, does
> Jacques Cousteau pass muster?
> * Which leads to the next question: How do we define "scientist?"
> Peer-reviewed publications? What about those folks who dive
> thousands of hours on, say, the GBR for the benefit of the
> science, but themselves don't publish? I know guys who dive every
> single week of the year, and they have an education in marine
> biology or oceanography, but they don't publish.
> * When considering places dived, does that include repeat dives, or
> unique sites, and if so, what about spatial separation of said
> sites? (Like, does a dive 100 m down the beach count?)
> * What constitutes the proof for purposes of the Award? Logged
> dives in an official log for, say, PADI?
> * Should there be an official end date for the tally (say, June, 2010)?
> * What should the name of the Award be?
> Whoever "wins" almost doesn't matter, because the stories that will
> come out of this would be accounts of some great adventures and some
> nice chronicles in coral reef research. The top head-soakers, whoever
> they may be, certainly deserve recognition, that's for sure, and I hope
> they get international recognition beyond what they might already have.
> After all, it's a significant risk with every dive, as TG could
> certainly attest.
> Just some thoughts for the coming weeks...
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