Share Sharing is caring! Share 56 Views 3 comments Tweet Share LionfishThe annual Dive Festival which is organized by the Dominica Watersports Association (DWA) has been officially launched with a “serious” theme and mission to save the reef.The Association, which will be hosting the festival for the nineteenth year from today; July 6th to July 16th, 2012, has appealed to citizens to assist in controlling one of the most “invasive” species in the sea, the lionfish.The theme for the 2012 festival will be “Save the reef; eat a lionfish” according to President of that Association, Simon Walsh.He told the press launching on Friday that the aim of the festival this year will “reflect that although this is a species that needs to be controlled in order to protect the dive sector and coastal fisheries, it is also going to be looked at as a sustainable food source”.The lionfish (scientific name Pterois volitans), according to the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, “is a popular saltwater aquarium fish with distinctive maroon (or brown) and white stripes, fleshy tentacles above the eyes and below the mouth, and an imposing fan of prickly venomous spines. Although not fatal, the sting of a lionfish is extremely painful”.The lionfish was first spotted in Dominica in January 2011 in Portsmouth and since then has been seen in Roseau. They are generalist carnivores that consume 56 species of fish and many invertebrate species, with prey exceeding half the lionfish’s body size. Many lionfish prey are commercially, recreationally and ecologically important. Because of the danger which the lionfish poses to the reef and fishes, the Watersports Association has collaborated with the Fisheries Division to embark on an educational campaign about its control.That educational campaign will include teaching the public how to clean and prepare the lionfish as it is edible and considered a delicacy.Some of the activities for the festival will include free sampling of lionfish to get the public acclimatized to its taste.Discover Dominica Authority’s Chief Executive Officer, Colin Piper, endorsed the festival and pledged his organization’s continued support for the festival. He urged citizens to “assist in doing what you can” in preventing the lionfish from negatively impacting Dominica’s diving and food sector.Dive fest activities will commence this evening with a “Dive Fest in the garden” at the Tao Restaurant (opposite the Parliament building) in Roseau from 9pm. The entrance is free and there will be free samples of lionfish with music by Sherian and the Band. Other highlights of this year’s festival includes, family snorkel hunt at Champagne Beach, free of charge on Sunday 8th July, discounted whale watching at Anchorage Hotel on July 7th, Lobster/mussels lunch or dinner at the Sunset Bay Club, Iron chef Five Fest cooking competition on July 12th, at Anchorage Hotel, Dive Fest happy hour will be on Friday the 13th at the Fort Young Hotel, the fish festival at Soufriere Beach on July 14th and the Kubuli Canoe Races on July 15th will be the climax of the event.Dominica Vibes News LocalNews Dive Fest 2012 focuses on control of lionfish by: – July 6, 2012
The USC women’s basketball team came back to the Galen Center looking to bounce back from a tough 71-60 loss to UCLA. Unfortunately, they fell victim to costly mistakes and unfortunate bounces, suffering a 67-53 loss to California on Friday, and falling 71-60 to No. 11 Stanford on Sunday.Senior forward Alexyz Vaioletama led the Women of Troy (11-8, 3-5 Pac-12) with 15 points, six rebounds and three steals against the Golden Bears. Redshirt sophomore guard Jordan Adams finished with 12 points, and freshman forward Kristen Simon finished with six points and 11 rebounds. California’s (13-5, 5-2 Pac-12) Reshanda Gray led the team with 15 points, nine rebounds and three blocks, as all five Cal starters finished with double-digit points.The game was back-and-forth from the start, with both sides taking advantage of turnovers and missed opportunities on the other end of the floor. USC jumped out to an early 7-4 lead, but Cal stormed back with a 6-0 run. The Golden Bears would go on to take a 15-13 lead, but the Women of Troy went on an 8-0 scoring run, which Cal responded to with a 7-0 run of their own. The teams would continue to battle it out until halftime, as USC headed to the locker room down 27-26, as the first half contained eight ties and seven lead changes.Both teams turned the ball over eight times, but USC got 10 points off those turnovers compared to Cal’s eight. For the third straight game, the Women of Troy were scoreless from behind-the-arc, going 0-for-4 from downtown, but out-rebounded the Bears 27-17.USC scored the first basket of the second half on a three-pointer by McKenzie Calvert. Cal would take control of the game from there, however, using their balanced scoring attack to put the game out of reach and pull out the win on the road, thanks to 62 percent shooting from the field.“At the end of the day, when you play a really good team like Cal, you’ve got to come in in the second half and play well,” head coach Cynthia Cooper-Dyke said. “You cannot lose your intensity, and I thought we did that, and as a result, Cal came out, they made an early run. We missed a couple lay-ups, a couple shots that we normally make, and I thought we lost our confidence a little bit, and it was an uphill battle from there.”“I thought we did some really good things. We rebounded, we defended, especially in the first half, and we have to go back to the drawing board in the second half and really focus on bringing that intensity and bringing that focus for 40 minutes.”USC hoped to bounce back against No. 11 Stanford behind a much louder Galen Center. Despite consistent play throughout, an early run by Stanford ended up being too much to overcome for the Women of Troy.Adams led the Women of Troy with 21 points and 10 rebounds against the Cardinal for her first career double-double. Junior guard Brianna Barrett scored 15 points, and senior forward Kaneisha Horn finished with 11 points and 11 rebounds for her second career double-double.Lili Thompson led Stanford (15-5, 7-1 Pac-12) with 21 points. Erica McCall added 11 points and six rebounds.The Women of Troy got off to another strong start against the Cardinal, starting the scoring with a 3-pointer from Adams after going a combined 0-for-14 from downtown in the first half of the past three games. The first half looked to be about identical to the Cal game, with the lead constantly changing sides. After the Cardinal built an 8-5 lead, USC went on a 7-0 run behind strong offensive rebounding. However, a 15-1 run by Stanford aided by USC turnovers put them back on top, and they wouldn’t relinquish the lead from there.The Women of Troy would cut the deficit down to six, but Stanford would enter the locker room with a 36-27 lead at the half, thanks to 55 percent shooting from the field and 10-of-11 from the free-throw line.USC kept it competitive behind their rebounding, as they out-rebounded the Cardinal 19-17 at the half, including 10-2 on the offensive glass, leading to 10 second-chance points.The second half played out similarly to the first, with the Women of Troy unable to make a huge dent in the deficit. The Cardinal led by as many as 17 in the second half, as they cruised to a win. They finished shooting 50 percent from the field and 42 percent from downtown, compared to 36 percent and 27 percent, respectively. Stanford also went to the free-throw line 24 times, making 20 of those, while USC was only 8-of-16 from the charity stripe.“I think we didn’t do well in our rotation, in our zone, and it killed us,” Horn said. “They got some wide-open three’s, and a lot of post-slips, that killed us a lot. They were just wide open, and I think if we had executed on that, it would have been a different game.”“For the most part, I felt we got better,” Cooper-Dyke said. “I just don’t think we were able to get over the hump. We came out in the second half with the right level of intensity. Stanford was just very good with moving the ball around, sharing the ball, making the extra pass and making it very difficult to cover everyone. We tried some different defenses, and I thought we were effective for the most part in the second half. We just struggled finishing with Stanford’s sagging defense.”Rebounding and inside scoring continued to be a strong point for the Women of Troy, who out-rebounded the Cardinal 41-32 and 20-5 on the offensive glass. They picked up 20 second-chance points and 36 points in the paint, compared to five and 22 for Stanford, respectively.The Women of Troy will look to end their three-game skid next week to take on No. 9 Oregon State (18-1, 8-0 Pac-12) on Saturday, Jan. 31 at 2:30 p.m. and Oregon (8-11, 1-7 Pac-12) on Monday, Feb. 2 at 5:00 p.m. They will then return to the Galen Center, looking to sweep the season series against Utah (6-13, 0-8 Pac-12) on Friday, Feb. 6 at 7 p.m. and Colorado (9-9, 2-5 Pac-12) on Sunday, Feb. 8 at noon.