Raja Ampat 2011 Park Tag Design Contest is online for public voting! Photo

Raja Ampat 2011 Park Tag Design Contest is online for public voting!

20 finalists have been chosen to compete in the 2011 Raja Ampat Park Tag Design Contest! We need your help in picking the design or photo that will be printed on 5,000 tags for entry into the Raja Ampat Marine Protected Area. Competition was extremely tough this year, and judges had a really hard time choosing from the pool of excellent submissions.

Public voting starts now and ends at 11:59PM on October 11, 2010. Head on over and pick out your favorites (and send your friends to do the same)!

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Video: Under the Arctic Ice, Part 1 Photo

Video: Under the Arctic Ice, Part 1

For someone with more than forty years of diving experience, the underwater world should hold few surprises—but what I discovered under the ice is another realm entirely. I am not talking about lake ice, but “big ice”—like what you find in the Arctic or Antarctic; and while it is fairly common to see Antarctic imagery and recreational dive trips to the Southern Ocean are common, an Arctic experience is a whole new can of worms.

To begin with, getting to the Arctic is fairly difficult unless you are able to secure space on a military vessel designed to break ice (in the U.S., there are only three Coast Guard Ice Breakers—and one of those is currently out of commission); you’ll need to prove that you are working on some form of science or exploratory venture to get on board. ..

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Bahamian Sharks threatened by shark finning Photo

Bahamian Sharks threatened by shark finning

SUNCO Wholesale Seafood Ltd. has announced that it plans to explore the export of shark fin caught in the Bahamas. Sharks have never been commercially fished there before, which helps to explain the healthy shark populations that exist. SUNCO’s CEO James Mackey stated that he was looking into the possibility although he did not yet have permissions from the Department of Marine Resources. The company, which is based at North Mastic Point, Andros has set up with close trading links to the Chinese Shenzhen Fengyuhua Trade Co. Ltd via a shell company in New Jersey and is currently “harvesting” a daily average of 5,000 “furry” sea cucumbers (Astichopus multifidus).

The impact of large-scale shark finning on the Bahamian shark population would be immense. There is currently no protection in Bahamian law for sharks, as there has not yet been a need. In order to try and change this, a petition has been launched urging the government to ban the import and export of shark products.

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Nikon unveils the P7000 compact camera Photo

Nikon unveils the P7000 compact camera

Nikon has unveiled a new compact camera, widely touted as a serious competitor for the popular Canon G11.The P7000 has a 10.1 megapixel CCD sensor and the camera will shoot in RAW mode, with built-in processing available if required. It can shoot HD video of 720p, at 24fps, and has an ISO range of up to 2400. Its lens has a minimum focal length of 28mm, giving an equivalent of 35mm on FX, with a vibration reduction (VR) function and a neutral density filter option.

The camera is expected to be available later in September.

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Light & Motion releases Wetmate 65 lens Photo

Light & Motion releases Wetmate 65 lens

Light & Motion has announced the shipping release of their Wetmate 65 degree lens. Designed to fit over the flat port on any of Light & Motions 2010 range of Sony housings, the wet lens adds versatility and function to a housing, allowing the user to go from macro to wide-angle on the same dive. Light & Motion has used low distortion glass on the lens for minimal distortion and has also released a 90 degree version.

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Keldan Luna 8 LA-V LED video light review Photo

Keldan Luna 8 LA-V LED video light review

The Keldan Luna 8 LA-V LED is a battery-integrated video light that features a 40-watt LED and diffused polycarbonate dome port. It’s quite bright, outputting 2100 (measured) lumens with a color rendering index (CRI) of 95 (Ra). I took a pair of the lights with me to the Maldives to see what they could do. The review includes sample video footage of a moray eel hunting, taken during a night dive in North Ari, Maldives. Continue reading, if you’re into underwater lighting!

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