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I had some great fun Thursday, 13 August — I joined a crew of about 35 fishermen and divers, organized by Noroeste Sustentable (“NOS”), who are moving “callos de hacha” from a marina channel that is scheduled to be re-dredged shortly, part of the group’s larger mission of restoring and preserving the estuary at the backwater end of La Paz Bay. These scallops had been widespread, but years of careless pollution in a rapidly-growing city has drastically reduced their numbers. They are transplanting 60,000 of these shellfish — one-at-a-time, by hand, by divers using “hookah pumps” (no air tanks, just an air hose run by a small motor and compressor on the boat). They gently detach them, bring them up in baskets, motor across the bay, then “replant” them. Some lo-rez fotos of the process can be found here…https://www.dropbox.com/sh/v6frwixo8n90pm0/AADP6ww8TDA7AXctH6zqw9Oja?dl=0

In this foto, you see one of the pumps. I love the old machine and how it has been rigged to the board and strapped to the boat. I'm not sure I would want to rely on it for underwater air... but the divers did!

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