October 21, 2010 Post subject: Lash Chance to get involved with MCZs!
You do not need to be a member of a club to get involved with Marine Conservation Zone planning, in fact the main reason for setting up the Interactive map is to enable divers who do not belong to a club to more easily engage with the project and tell us about the areas important to them.
We have created maps of diving and spearfishing distribution and intensity in the south west from the information given to us by divers so far. We want you to take a look and let us know what you think. These maps are available for download on our website under the "general tab" of the resources page (http://www.finding-sanctuary.org/page/resources.html). Once you have downloaded the map(s) relevant to you, then:
1. If there are inaccuracies in the data or comments about the way it is presented please contact Shaun Lewin - firstname.lastname@example.org
2. If you think that club or charter boat data is missing please contact your County Liaison Officer (http://www.finding-sanctuary.org/page/get-involved.html): Spike Searle in Cornwall, Dave Murphy in Devon, John Weinberg in Dorset and Martin Syvret in Somerset.
3. If diving data is missing, and you have not yet contributed, please visit MCZ Interactive Map register and enter your data.
Please be aware that you only have until the 31st of October 2010 to do this.
The map of diving represents the distribution of 6747 divers from 49 interviews. 25 of these interviews were with clubs or dive centres of more than 10 people. The map of Spearfishing and gathering represents the distribution of 625 divers from 14 interviews spearfishing and hand-collecting fish and shellfish. Five of these interviews were with clubs or dive centres of more than 10 people.
The majority of this data was collected from clubs in Devon and Cornwall. There is information from Dorset and Somerset yet to be included.
We look forward to hearing from you and any other independent diver in the next two weeks.
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