2011 Honoree

Dr. Bill Bushing

This year’s honoree is Dr. Bill Bushing, affectionately known simply as “Dr. Bill” among the diving community. Dr. Bill began diving in 1961. He has logged thousands of dives mostly in Southern California waters for research and educational purposes. He has published over 450 newspaper columns and peer-reviewed scientific papers. Dr. Bill has been a resident marine biologist on Catalina Island since 1969 and served as a consultant for Jean-Michel and Jacques Yves Cousteau in Cousteau’s Rediscovery of the World television documentary.

Dr. Bill’s Ph.D. in marine ecology from the University of California Santa Barbara focused the giant kelp forests around Catalina Island. His research developed a methodology for creating a network of marine reserves.

In the 1990’s Dr. Bill served as a consultant for the Santa Catalina Island Conservancy. During this period he instituted a number of important conservation programs including non-native invasive plant control and active ecological restoration of damaged sites.

Bill writes a weekly newspaper column, Dive Dry with Dr. Bill on marine life and ecology, and has two cable television programs. He has provided footage for PBS, NBC, ABC, CBS, The Weather Channel and other broadcast outlets as well as several DVDs on Southern California. Dr. Bushing has also produced 22 educational underwater videos, and lectures for various dive clubs and other marine or conservation oriented groups.

Dr. Bill has served on the Advisory Board of Oceanic Defense and was named to California Ships-to-Reefs Science Committee.

Previous Honorees

2017

Howard and Michelle Hall | Torrance R. Parker

https://scubashow.com/attendees/california-scuba-service-award/2017-honoree/

2016

Zale Parry

https://scubashow.com/attendees/california-scuba-service-award/2016-honoree/

2015

Chuck Nicklin

https://scubashow.com/attendees/california-scuba-service-award/2015-honoree/

2014

Dottie Frazier

https://scubashow.com/attendees/california-scuba-service-award/2014-honoree/

2013

Dr. Samuel Miller III

https://scubashow.com/attendees/california-scuba-service-award/2013-honoree/

2012

Dale and Kim Sheckler

https://scubashow.com/attendees/california-scuba-service-award/2012-honoree/

2011

Dr. Bill Bushing

https://scubashow.com/attendees/california-scuba-service-award/2011-honoree/

2010

Wyland

2009

Sal Zammitti

2008

Karl Huggins

2007

Steve Benavides

2006

Dave Bunch

2005

Dick Anderson

2004

Bob Given

2003

Bill Wilson

2002

Ken Kurtis & Billy Wright

2001

Lorraine Sadler

2000

Jim Hall

1999

Bonnie Cardone

1998

Steve Madaras

1997

Dick Long

1996

Roy Hauser

1995

Nick Icorn

1994

Bobby Meistrell

1993

Roger Hess

1992

Al Bruton

1991

Bill Johnson

1990

Andy Pilmanis

1989

Captain Eddie Tsukamura
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