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Bonaire Dive & Adventure's
Seventh Annual Fish ID Challenge Program
August 2 - August 8 & August 9 – 15, 2014

Bonaire Dive & Adventure once again teams up with fish ID experts Scott and Patti Chandler of ReefNet, Inc to offer the Summer 2014 Fish ID Challenge where everyone can attend free fish ID seminars and join in finding the daily 'WANTED' fish contest.

Fish Id Challenge

Experience:
  • Multimedia fish ID seminars
  • Guided dives with the Chandlers
  • Introduction to REEF Surveying
  • Receive a printed guide of the top 100 species found on Bonaire
  • Prizes Awarded for the most "Wanted" fish found per week
  • Daily commemorative T-shirt give-away

Dear Guest,

For many years, Bonaire Dive & Adventure has actively supported education and conservation programs designed to contribute to the preservation of Bonaire's magnificent underwater Marine Park. Join them for their latest endeavor, in conjunction with Fish ID experts Scott & Patti Chandler of ReefNet Inc.

Well known for their work in marine life identification and documentation, the Chandlers have spent the last 23 years documenting fish species, behaviors and creatures for future study and identification.

During 2 weeks, Scott and Patti will lead guided dives on Bari Reef.
There will be 2 Multimedia Fish ID Seminars per week targeting novice to advanced fish watchers during their stay. A Bonaire specific, custom printed Fish ID Guide of the top fish families found in Bonaire waters is waiting for you upon check in at the dive shop. Those attending the seminar will receive a free hand out that shows photos of the top 100 fish found in Bonaire, provides a glossary of ID terms and gives Bonaire dive site codes. Several evenings each week Scott and Patti will show raw uncut video of these and other dives with participants discussing Fish ID and swapping the day's 'Fish Tales' One of Scott's specialties is shooting in Hi-Def macro, capturing on tape, interesting fishes and creatures too small to be noticed by the naked eye and fish behavior not normally seen by most divers.

Divers will learn how to contribute to Reef's (the Reef Environmental Education Foundation) fish database through the use of roving surveys. Information gathered in the surveys will be entered in REEF's public-accessible database and made available to divers, marine researchers and other interested parties. Current reef database statistics site Bonaire as having 7 of the top 10 Reefs in the Caribbean in terms of species richness, with Bari Reef boasting the top position with a remarkable 391 species recorded.

Participants will be further challenged with the goal of locating a 'Fish du Jour' which will be posted on daily 'Wanted Posters'. At week's end, prizes will be awarded for the guest(s) who accumulate the most points for daily fish sightings. Guests will be encouraged to participate in a cumulative weekly fish sighting tally that will be updated daily to illustrate the vast representation of fish that can be found in Bonaire's calm waters.

Participation in the seminars, dive with the naturalists Scott & Patti (throughout the program) on Bari Reef and the uncut video reviews with Scott & Patti is FREE.

Bonaire Dive and Adventure also offers 25% discount on a H2YO noisemaker and the ReefNet Inc. DVD during these 2 weeks.

For more information or reservations call +599 717 2229.

Seventh Annual Fish ID Challenge Program
August 2 - August 8 & August 9 – 15, 2014

Saturday August 2 & August 9:
8.30 – 9.30 am: Diver registration at Bonaire Dive & Adventure
9.30 am: Bonaire Marine Park Orientation and first dive on Bari Reef. During the orientation all will be explained about the Fish ID Challenge.

Sunday August 3 & August 10
8.30 – 9.30 am: Diver registration at Bonaire Dive & Adventure
9.30 am: Bonaire Marine Park Orientation and first dive on Bari Reef. During the orientation all will be explained about the Fish ID Challenge.
7.30 – 8.45 pm: First Multimedia Fish ID Seminar. In this big screen presentation divers will participate in an introductory presentation on Basic Fish ID and learn how to contribute to REEF's fish database (Reef Environmental Education Foundation)

Monday 29 July & August 5
8.30 – 9.00 am: Daily Wanted Poster unveiled under the big umbrella at BDA.
Scott & Patti are available for questions.
9.00 am: Guided dive with naturalists Scott & Patti Chandler on Bari Reef after an explanatory briefing. Max. 6 divers.
5.00 – 6.00 pm: Bonaire Dive & Adventure's Dive Masters Rum Punch Party under the big umbrella, with music and snacks.
7.15 – 8.30 pm: Fish Tales and Raw Video Review with Scott & Patti.

Tuesday August 5 & August 12
8.30 – 9.00 am:Daily Wanted Poster unveiled under the big umbrella at BDA.
Scott & Patti are available for questions.
2.00 pm: Guided dive with naturalists Scott & Patti Chandler on Bari reef after an explanatory briefing. Max. 6 divers.
7.15 – 8.30 pm: Second Multimedia Fish ID Seminar.

Wednesday August 6 & August 13
8.30 – 9.00 am:Daily Wanted Poster unveiled under the big umbrella at BDA.
Scott & Patti are available for questions.
2.00 pm: Guided dive with naturalists Scott & Patti on Bari reef after an explanatory briefing.

Thursday August 7 & 14
8.30 – 9.00 am:Daily Wanted Poster unveiled under the big umbrella at BDA.
Scott & Patti available for questions.
9.00 am : Guided dive with the naturalists Scott & Patti on Bari Reef after an explanatory briefing. Max. 6 divers.
7.15 – 8.30 pm: Fish Tales and Raw Video Review with Scott & Patti.

Friday August 8 & 15
8.30 – 9.00 am:Daily Wanted Poster unveiled under the big umbrella at BDA.
Scott & Patti are available for questions.
5.00 pm: Award Ceremony under the big umbrella at BDA with drinks and snacks.



BG

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