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Catalina Island, El receives Dr. Bill Bushing given award for commitment to ocean health BY ROBERT MCCLATCHY FOR THE ISLANDER Dr. Bill Bushing was given the Poseidon Award by Reef Check on Sept. 28 at the Save the Reefs, Save the Oceans Gala. Dr. Bushing was given the award "in appre- ciation of his ongoing commit- ment to the health of our oceans as a resident marine biologist on Santa Catalina Island for almost 50 years," states the Reef Check website. He received the award to a standing ovation full of happy and warm tears from attendees at the gala, which took place at the Jonathan Beach Club in Santa Monica. Dr. Bushing, or Dr. Bill as he is known in the scuba world, has been a resident marine biolo- gist on Santa Catalina Island for almost 50 years. Upon graduation from Harvard College in 1969, he became head of the science and math departments at the Catalina Island School, teaching there until it closed in 1979. He has logged thousands of dives mostly in southern California waters for research and education- al purposes. He is a well-known presence both at Catalina's Casino Point Dive Park; and, formerly, on SCUBA Luv's King Neptune dive boat where he served as the marine: life specialist for thousands of div- ers each year. Dr. Bill has worked, dived and filmed with the likes of Jean-Michel Cousteau, Dr. Richard C. Murphy, Dr. Sylvia Earle, Dr. Milton Love, Dr. Guy Harvey, marine artist Wyland and others. Dr. Bill worked with Jean- Michel and his father, Jacques Yves Cousteau, as a consultant and facilitator during the filming of a two-hour Channel Islands episode in the "Cousteau's Rediscovery All Tohatsu Models! 2.5hp THRU 250hp Prices too low to advertise...Call us Today! 9.9, 15, and 20hp EFI Models Now Available! Outboards Year Warranty Trade-Ins Welcome i i L ..... ,.. m ..... Dr. Bill Bushing, in the blue shirt, along with family and friends during the evening at the Jonathan Beach Club in Santa Monica. Photo by Debbie Lefever of the World" series for Turner Broadcasting, at which point he was introduced to the use of video to document natural history. Later, Bill was instrumental in helping Jean-Michel to establish a Catalina location for Cousteau Family Camp and other education- al programs. Over the decades Bill has worked on a number of edu- cational projects for Jean-Michel's Ocean Futures organization, most recently on the filming of Jean- Michel Cousteau's Secret Ocean 3D. Dr. Bill's Ph.D. research at the University of California Santa Barbara in the use of satellite remote sensing and geographic information systems to study giant kelp forests (Macrocystis pyrifera) around Santa Catalina Island led to a methodology for creating a network of marine reserves based on ecological'factor~ including dis- turbance regimes. In the 1990s, Dr. Bushing insti- tuted a number of important con- servation programs for the Santa Catalina Island Conservancy and also worked on implementing California's Marine Life Protection Act to establish marine reserves in southern California. In-June of 2000, Dr. Bushing left the Conservancy to focus on the ecology of Catalina's kelp forests. He continues to conduct scientific research, and to create educational Reef, Page 11 Despite ongoing cancer treatment, Dr. Bill Bushing graciously accepted the Poseidon Award alongside his son, Reef Check Board Chair Helen grierley and Reef Check Board Member Linden Wolbert. Photo by Debbie Lefever Guests enjoy a gorgeous evening at the Jonathan Beach Club in Santa Monica Photo by Debbie Lefever Purchase a Brick for the Memorial S WATER TAFFY i, BLENDED COFFEE DRINKS FRESH MADE FUDGE MALTS, SHAKES & SMOOTHIES ICED COFFEE DRINKS ESPRESSO BAR SOMETHING NEW THIS COFFEE 10 Friday, Oct. 6, 2017 THE CATAUNA ISLANDER