For Immediate Press Release and Event Calendar Listing
For more info: Christopher Buttner
NCUPS Vice President

The Northern California Underwater Photographic Society Presents a Free Seminar from the California Artificial Reef Enhancement Program


May 29, 2007, San Francisco, California - The Northern California Underwater Photographic Society (, proudly presents a very special seminar with George Steinbach, executive director of the California Artificial Reef Enhancement (CARE) Program (, Friday, June 8, 2007.   The 27 oil and gas platforms along California's coast will eventually run dry and have to be decommissioned.   A debate has begun about whether or not these platforms should be left in place to preserve the marine life, which arguably thrives in this environment, or if the oil companies should follow the original mandate to remove the entire structure.

The oil and gas platforms offshore California are not popular with many citizens of the Golden State.  However, if you are a fish or marine invertebrate you will likely have a very different perspective.  The underwater portions of these structures are covered with marine life and have developed into thriving marine reef ecosystems - a veritable cornucopia of sealife for the underwater photographer.  Fish in amazing numbers, some who are severely depleted in their natural environments from over fishing or the destruction of their original habitats, make these structures their home.  Marine scientists have come to believe that these structures are important to regional fish production.  Divers consider these platforms to be among the best dive sites in California for both abundance and variety of marine life.

At some point, these platforms will reach the end of their economic lives and will have to be decommissioned.  If they are removed, as currently required, this marine habitat and all of the animals will be destroyed.  Should the State move to preserve the prolific sealife that now resides on these decommission oilrigs?  Mr. Steinbach will present a 45-minute presentation; consisting of multimedia, DVD and a question and answer period about the environmental and economic impact these oilrigs have on the scuba tourism industry in California.

The California Artificial Reef Enhancement Program underwater photography seminar will take place Friday, June8, 2007, at 8:00 p.m.   Location: New Vision United Methodist Church, 450 Chadbourne Avenue, Millbrae, CA  94030 - ten minutes south of the San Francisco International Airport.   Cost is FREE .

The Northern California Underwater Photographic Society promotes conservationism and environmental protection through the membership's shared passion in underwater photography and videography.   Established in 1957, and celebrating its 50 th Anniversary in 2007, NCUPS sponsors educational events on both underwater photography and video while promoting awareness of the underwater environment and pertinent ecological issues.   NCUPS sponsors two annual internationally recognized and prestigious photography competitions, the Annual California Beach Dive Photo Competition (CBDPC), which was recently held May 26 and 27, 2007, and the SEA2007, that draw divers and entries from the world over.

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