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SOLO honors Ronald T. Hand and Amphibico Photo

SOLO honors Ronald T. Hand and Amphibico

Save Our Leatherbacks Operation (SOLO) founder Dr. Larry McKenna has awarded Ronald T. Hand, President, CEO and owner of Amphibico Group Inc. with a special award in recognition of his and the companies support for the conservation of endangered turtles. Mr. Hand and Amphibico were the first personal and corporate sponsors of the organization at its inception in 2005, and their support has continued ever since. Larry Meckenna highlighted the fact that this support had, until now gone unrecognized, but went on to say that:

” Today, the tables are turned in a surprise recognition ceremony here within the Montreal Amphibico facilities. For all of your positive support to save the turtles of our oceans, we who speak for the sea turtles say thank you. These Leatherback turtles live today because of the firm support you provide”.

SOLO’s stated objectives are to find ways to save the giant Leatherback sea turtle from its path to rapid extinction.

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Job opening at ULCS Photo

Job opening at ULCS

Terry Schuller and Dave Reid at Ultralight Control Systems (ULCS) are looking to hire a part to full-time, motivated, customer-oriented person to fill orders, answer the phone, and assemble parts. In addition, the applicant must be be willing to learn about the business and be able to talk intelligently to customers on the phone or to answer e-mails. Some travel will be involved to trade shows.

If you are interested, please email for more details.

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ULCS releases tripod Photo

ULCS releases tripod

Ultralight Control Systems (ULCS) has announced the release of a new tripod designed for underwater use. It has lockable pan and tilt functions, and 11-18” extending legs with sharp ends or “snap-on balls” to stop them sinking into sand/muck. Both the tilt mechanism and leg extension are one-handed operations and other configurations are available on request.

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Call for entries: Beneath The Sea 2011 Photo

Call for entries: Beneath The Sea 2011

The annual Beneath The Sea Scuba and Dive Travel Show imaging competition is calling for entries. This international event has categories for video, still and creative entries and includes the Stan Waterman Award for Excellence in Underwater Videography, the David Doubilet Award for Excellence in Underwater Photography and the Jim Church Award for Excellence in Underwater Creative Photography. The results will be announced during the show which will be held at the Meadowlands Exposition Center, Secaucus, New Jersey from March 25 - 27, 2011.

Deadline for entries is 31 December 2010.

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Ten year marine census publishes highlights Photo

Ten year marine census publishes highlights

The first census of marine life has taken ten years to complete, 2,700 researchers from 80 nations and has spent a total of 9,000 days at sea during at least 540 expeditions, reports the BBC. The publication of “First Census of Marine Life 2010: Highlights of a Decade of Discovery” due later today, brings to a close the first phase of the project, but also highlights how much more work there is to do to completely catalog the oceans diversity. Professor Boris Worm, leader of Census Studies of the Future said:

“The rapidly changing ocean that we are now uncovering helps us to understand ourselves,” and “it compels us both to continue with journeys of discovery and to make wise choices in the future.”

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African Diver issue 13 available Photo

African Diver issue 13 available

Issue 13 of the online magazine African Diver is now available. This issue also celebrates the second birthday of the publication by offering articles on the lost spider crab species of southern Africa, a photographic essay on the beauty of the Eastern Cape and Transkei coasts and a feature on diving the Brothers in the Red Sea. In addition, the magazine has articles on the massive challenges facing marine conservation in Tanzania and this issues featured photographer is Mike Fraser.

As always, it is available as a free pdf download.

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Eric Cheng: Talk at Stanford University and print display Photo

Eric Cheng: Talk at Stanford University and print display

Eric Cheng is to deliver a talk at Stanford University Photography Club at 7:30pm on Tuesday, October 5, 2010. Exact venue is yet to be determined, but it will be somewhere in the History Corner (building 200). Eric will announce the venue via his twitter account.

He plans to open the talk with a summary of how we do underwater photography, followed by a talk on sharks, and finally, his 20-minute TEDx talk on flashlight fish and sperm whales.

In addition, Eric’s aluminum underwater photography prints will be on display at RedStart Design (375 Alabama St., Suite 100) over the weekend on 9/10 October.

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Henry Kaiser to talk at Orinda Photo

Henry Kaiser to talk at Orinda

Henry Kaiser, well-known musician and underwater videographer, will present a program about diving in Antarctica at this Monday’s (4 October) Alacosta Divers meeting at the Orinda Public Library, starting at 7.30. Henry has travelled to Antarctica every year since 2001, where he’s been diving as a research diver under fast ice; that is, ice held fast in place and is typically 20 to 30 feet deep. He has over 300 dives under fast ice, and has fascinating footage of gin-clear waters and the unearthly marine life that inhabits it, the sea floor, and the bottom of the ice shelf.

Henry’s Antarctic video footage that inspired Herzog to film “Encounters at the End of the World,” a documentary about the people who live and work in Antarctica. Henry provided underwater footage for that movie, and has also provided footage for Herzog’s “The Wild Blue Yonder” and BBC productions.

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