FISHER, Melvin “Mel”
Last updated: April 23, 2017 at 20:17 pm
Famed treasure hunter and discoverer of the Spanish galleon Nuestra Señora de Atocha on July 20, 1985; contents removed from the Atocha shipwreck were estimated at $450,000,000 USD, including 40 tons of gold and silver and approximately 114,000 Spanish silver coins, and many more valuables; discovered several more shipwrecks on the Florida coast; opened one of the first dive shops in California.
“Today’s the day!” — Mel Fisher
Honours and Awards:
NOGI Award (Sports & Education, 1978)
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Jeffrey Gallant is the Editor-in-Chief and Records Keeper of the Diving Almanac. He is also a contributing editor of DIVER Magazine, and the scientific director of the Greenland Shark and Elasmobranch Education and Research Group (GEERG). Jeffrey started diving in 1982.