Wetpixel welcomes Wags as a video moderator Photo

Wetpixel welcomes Wags as a video moderator

Please join me in welcoming Wags as the newest video moderator here at Wetpixel!  Wags is an ever-helpful presence in the video forums, and through his website, HDVUnderwater, he has even provided Wetpixel members with free video-hosting space.

He’s got a real name (Paul Waghorn), but most people call him WAGS. Wags grew up in the wheat belt of Western Australia on a farm and worked in the mining industry for a few years before moving to Cairns to work in the dive industry. Eventually, he arrived in Exmouth on the Ningaloo Reef in 1995, where he still lives today. In addition to being an SSI instructor, Wags works full-time in filming, editing, graphics, computers, websites, and e-commerce design. His underwater material has been on many local and overseas networks. Wags shoots with a Nikon D70 in a Sea & Sea housing, Sony HDV-FX1 in an Amphibico Phenom housing.

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Wetpixel partners with DiveFilm for Video Podcasts Photo

Wetpixel partners with DiveFilm for Video Podcasts

Wetpixel is proud to announce a partnership with DiveFilm.com, a website dedicated to showcasing underwater video.  DiveFilm features underwater filmmakers and offers high quality video podcasts about the underwater world, available through a free iTunes subscription and other podcast subscription mechanisms.  Contrary to the name, video podcasts do not require a video iPod, and you can watch the broadcasted video right on your computer monitor.

So far, DiveFilm has broadcasted video by numerous Wetpixel members, including Mary Lynn Price, Paul Wags, Eric Hanauer, Steve Douglas, and more!  Check out DiveFilm’s podcast by clicking on “DiveFilm Video Podcast” in Wetpixel’s right-hand navigation menu!

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RSMAS Underwater Photography Contest 2006 Winners Photo

RSMAS Underwater Photography Contest 2006 Winners

The Rosenstiel School of Marine and Atmospheric Science (RSMAS) has posted the winners of its 2006 Underwater Photography Contest.  Congratulations to all of the winners—and to Wetpixel members Patrick Weir, Neil Hammerschlag, Tom Stephens, and Andre Seale (and others?) for placing!

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Aquarium reef fish trade to get new regulations Photo

Aquarium reef fish trade to get new regulations

NOAA and the US Coral Reef Task Force have announced new conservation inniciatives aiming to reduce illegal trade of aquarium reef fishes:

“The resolution calls on the task force to examine the use of cyanide and other poisons in the collection of reef fish on the global market. Although illegal in most countries, the use of cyanide to capture reef fish alive is widespread. The U.S. is the number one market for coral reef fish for the aquarium trade. Previous studies estimate that most live reef fish entering into international trade and imported into the U.S. are collected with the use of cyanide, and thus are illegal.”

The agencies plan on developing detection tests to determine if the fish were collected with cyanide. In addition, NOAA announced that it supports the declaration of 2008 as the “International Year of the Reef”.

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More protection for Caribbean Corals Photo

More protection for Caribbean Corals

A new layer of protection has been added to Caribbean reef corals by NOAA:

“The NOAA Fisheries Service announced its decision to list elkhorn (Acropora palmata) and staghorn corals (Acropora cervicornis) as threatened under the Endangered Species Act (ESA). The final rule will be published next week, and the listing will be effective 30 days after that date. This will be the first time a coral has been listed as endangered or threatened under the ESA. A species is considered endangered if it is in danger of extinction throughout all or a significant portion of its range.”

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Kenji Ohmura and Seatool Prototypes Photo

Kenji Ohmura and Seatool Prototypes

Kenji Ohmura of Fisheye has been working on new housing prototypes, which will be built under the Seatool name.  After seeing one of the prototypes at ADEX, we’re anticipating some nice, compact housings.  Continue reading for some images of prototype designs for Sony HC3 and FX1 HDV camcorders…

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Sealux CD200 Underwater Housing for Nikon D200 Photo

Sealux CD200 Underwater Housing for Nikon D200

Colin Gans reviews the Sealux CD200 Underwater Housing for the Nikon D200 digital SLR.

Excerpt: The first thing that struck me about the Sealux CD200 housing for the Nikon D200 camera is that it is actually no bigger than the Sealux CD70 housing for the Nikon D70 camera. In fact it is marginally smaller… Fitting a slightly larger and heavier camera into a marginally smaller housing is an interesting approach…

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