Ecuador to introduce shark protection plan
Ecuador has signed an agreement with the Inter America Development Bank to improve marine and coastal biodiversity conservation with a $4 million IDB-GEF grant. The aim is:
to advance marine and coastal biodiversity conservation in Ecuador by supporting a protected areas network and helping implement a national action plan for the protection of sharks.
The Ecuador government has contributed a further $4.3 million to the scheme and there is added financial support from U.S. Agency for International Development. Practically, the funding will introduce two new Marine Protected Areas (MPA), to strengthen the 13 existing MPA’s and to cut annual landings of sharks from 39000 to 31000. In addition, it aims to reduce shark by-catch by involving local fisherman at a grass-roots level.
Review of PluralEyes video and audio synchronization software
One of the biggest pain points in non-linear video editing workflow is the need to synchronize multiple video and audio tracks on a timeline. Many wildlife photographers I know now carry standalone video recording devices like the Zoom H4n to record ambient sounds, interviews, and other interesting audio.
PluralEyes is a small standalone application made by Singular Software used to synchronize audio and video clips directly on the timeline….
Nauticam to release housing for Sony NEX-5
Nauticam has released renderings of their new NA-NEX5 housing for the Sony NEX-5 EVIL camera. The housing has been designed to complement the cameras small form factor, and to have a variety of lens port options. It will be made of aluminum, and will incorporate many standard Nauticam features like: A port locking system, rocker switch to control play/video functions, a super sensitive shutter release and the option of TTL via fiber optic cable.
The housings are expected to start shipping in two weeks.
Raja Ampat: Misool manta show video
As part of their conservation film series titled Last Oceans, Shawn Heinrichs of Blue Sphere Media and John Weller journeyed to Raja Ampat to capture a story about conservation in one of the most remote and bio-diverse places on earth. They describe this intimate manta encounter as one of the most moving and inspirational experiences of their lives.
San Diego UnderSea Film Festival program released
The San Diego UnderSea Film Festival (SDUFEX) has posted a program of screenings for the event, which will be held over 17/18 September 2010. Thirty-two films, from a total of fifty-five entries, were selected by the judges for showing during the festival. What makes this exhibition unique is that there are no entry fees and no prizes, except for the prestige of having a film shown. Tickets are also now available and a portion of the proceeds will go to Birch Aquarium and San Diego Oceans Foundation.
The Naked Scientists present Naked Oceans podcasts
The University of Cambridge’s “Naked Scientists” recently launched a new series of podcasts under the name “Naked Oceans”. These monthly, half-hour podcasts, funded by the Save Our Seas Foundation, investigate various topics of ocean science and conservation. They’re presented by Helen Scales and Sarah Castor-Perry, both members of the Naked Scientists team and alumni of the University of Cambridge’s Department of Zoology. They aim, with the help of expert guests, to make people aware of the importance of vital ocean environments and the threats these are under.
The podcasts are designed to be interactive, with the ability for users to submit questions via email, Facebook or Twitter. The third show, due for September release, will look at the science of tracking sharks. Guests include Mahmood Shivji from the Save Our Seas Foundation Shark Research Center and the Guy Harvey Research Institute in Florida, who will talk about using genetic tools to track the shark fin trade. Future topics will include whaling, pollution in the oceans and overfishing.
Nauticam responds to NA-550D housing problems
Nauticam has released an official announcement in connection with the problems that a few wetpixel members have highlighted in the forum. The issue affects the NA-550D, a housing for the Canon 550D, and addresses an issue with a screw loosening due to vibration. Nauticam NA-550D owners are recommended to contact their dealers at their earliest convenience.
BLUE Ocean Film Festival 3D wrap-up
Although I missed the 3D panel discussion at this year’s BLUE Ocean Film Festival, I did arrive at the festival in time to check out the various 3D offerings in the exhibit hall. BLUE also commandeered the local Cannery Row IMAX theater to show a bunch of underwater 3D (and 2D) IMAX films. In 3D, participants of BLUE were able to see Ultimate Wave Tahiti 3D and Under the Sea 3D. It was indeed a true luxury to have so many underwater IMAX films available for viewing at once…
- We’re killing the oldest fish in the sea (via )
- The last surviving sea silk seamstress (via )
- Saving endangered fish during a raging wildfire (via )
- Illegal fishermen caught red handed in East Timor by Sea Shepherd (via )
- First Global Ocean Refuge Systems awards announced (via )
- Adobe offers advice about D850 support in Lightroom (via )
- A dozen sharks found swimming in a basement pool (via )
- How plesiosaurs swam through the oceans (via )
- First 8K time-lapse shot with the Nikon D850 (via )
- Nikon updates software with D850 support (via )