Big Fishermans Cove, Santa Catalina Island
Big Fishermans Cove, is the inlet just northeast of Isthmus Cove at Two Harbors. The University of California's Wrigley Marine Science Center is located here. In the mid-1980s, the State of California established Big Fisherman Cove, the area adjacent to the Wrigley Marine Science Center, as a marine protected area — a Marine Life Refuge —, a designation that protects habitats and organisms and gives sexually mature fish a chance to grow to full size. (Fully-grown fish are known to produce more offspring than smaller ones.) It is part of the larger Blue Cavern State Marine Conservation Area. In Big Fisherman Cove, anchoring and fishing are prohibited, which helps protect the ocean floor and scientific experiments deployed in the cove. Protection of marine habitats and species within Big Fisherman Cove enhances the opportunities for research and education at the Wrigley Marine Science Center.
The USC Catalina Hyperbaric Chamber, located at the facilities at Big Fisherman Cove, is an emergency medical facility for treatment of scuba diving accidents. The chamber is staffed by dedicated volunteers 24 hours a day, 365 days a year, and can treat multiple patients simultaneously. The chamber is an extension of the Department of Emergency Medicine of the LA County/USC Medical Center. Funding comes from the County of Los Angeles and donations from private individuals. The USC Catalina Hyperbaric Chamber is dedicated to treatment, education and research and has served the southern California diving community since 1974.
Hyperbaric Chamber fatalities:
- McFADDEN, Timothy (1996)
- PIKE, David (2008)
- MARTI, Jesus (2009)
- TOWLE, Mona “Betty” (2009)
- MEVA, Michel Mendo (2011)