Wednesday, 22 October 2008

Environmental Organizations and Partners Announce Blue Divers Alliance Launch at DEMA08!

Green groups want to help you improve your business and promote ocean health.

In an effort to heighten awareness about ocean health and inspire new divers, a network of ocean organizations, industry representatives, dive operators, and affiliated partners have banded together to form the Blue Divers Alliance and will be unveiling their program to DEMA 08 attendees in Las Vegas, from October 22-26, 2008.

The Blue Divers Alliance seeks to engage and inform the dive community about marine conservation, stewardship and responsible diving using existing member programs, communications tools, and by forming innovative new partnerships. The Alliance fosters improved business opportunities for participating members and promotes diver involvement in Alliance partner programs.

Learn more about the Blue Divers Alliance and it’s members at their inaugural DEMA seminar on Saturday, October 25, from 11am-12pm in Room S207: “The Blue Divers Alliance; Promoting Ocean Health and Dive Business Wealth.”

Founding Alliance partners include: Beautiful Oceans, Coral Reef Alliance; Dive Training Magazine; Keys Association of Dive Operators; NOAA’s National Marine Sanctuary Program; Ocean Conservancy; Reef Check Foundation; Reef Environmental Educational Foundation (REEF); Reef Relief; Smoody Foundation; Sustainable Travel International; and The Ocean Foundation, with support from numerous others like the Divers Alert Network, Oceana, Project AWARE Foundation, and The Nature Conservancy.

The Blue Divers Alliance welcomes DEMA attendees’ participation and feedback. For more information about how to get involved, please visit the Blue Divers Alliance partner booths, seminars, or look out for the launch of their new web site:

DEMA Seminar Titles and Times:

To better navigate the blue waters of DEMA in Las Vegas, the following is a short list of environmentally-themed seminars hosted by Alliance partners and other organizations, followed by a list of member organizations and their websites.

Wednesday Oct 22 – 10:00AM-11:15AM, Thursday & Friday at 4:30 PM - 5:45 PM,(ROOM S232) and Saturday, 8:30am-9:30AM (ROOM S233)

“Born in the Wrong Sea - What Do We Know, What Can We Do?” Indo-pacific lionfish have invaded the Atlantic. Speakers: Lad Akins and Lisa Mitchell, REEF; Andy Dehart, National Aquarium

Thursday Oct 23 – 11am-12 pm (ROOM S207)

Beautiful Oceans, Inc.: “The Club Med Coral Reef Adventures Experience – GPS Coral Reef Mapping 101 and how 3D Coral Reef Maps Make A Difference to Customers”, Speaker: Stephan Becker, CEO

Friday, Oct 24 — 8:30 AM - 9:30 AM (ROOM S233)

DEMA Espresso Education Session: “Dive into the International Year of the Reef," Speakers: Greg Hodgson, Reef Check Foundation and Francis Staub, IYOR Coordinator

Friday Oct 24 11:00am-12:00pm (ROOM S207)

Beautiful Oceans, Inc: “The 2009 GPS Coral Reef Mapping Packages: Learn More About the ‘All-inclusive’, ‘Stand-alone’ and ‘Do-It-Yourself’ packages including testimonials from divers and dive professionals”. Speaker: Stephan Becker, CEO

Saturday, Oct. 25 —11:00AM-12:00pm (ROOM S207)

“The Blue Divers Alliance: Promoting Ocean Health and Dive Business Wealth”. What is the Blue Divers Alliance and how can it Help You and Your Dive Business? Speakers: Alliance Founding Members & Representatives; Chris Knight, Monika Thiele (TOF), and Bob Holston (KADO).

For more information about our Alliance Members and their programs, please see:

Founding Members of the Blue Divers Alliance

Beautiful Oceans – [Booth 3541]

Coral Reef Alliance –

Dive Training Magazine – [Booth 1545]

Keys Association of Dive Operators– [Booth 349]

NOAA National Marine Sanctuary Program –

Ocean Conservancy –

Reef Check Foundation

Reef Environmental Educational Foundation (REEF) – [Booth 2202]

Reef Relief -

Smoody Foundation –

Sustainable Travel International —

The Ocean Foundation –

With Support From Our Friends at….

Divers Alert [Booth 303/403]

Oceana – [Booth 1200]

Project AWARE

The Nature Conservancy –


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