Support petition to protect Hector’s and Maui’s dolphins
The New Zealand World Wildlife Federation (WWF-NZ) has issued a call for action to sign a petition to help protect the dwindling endangered populations of Hector’s and Maui’s dolphins, two species of cetaceans native only to New Zealand. In the 1970s, there were as many as 26,000 Hector’s dolphins, but now they number 7,000. The situation is worse for Maui’s dolphins - only an estimated 111 remain, and they are labeled critically endangered.
Fishing nets are the primary cause of death annually, and the WWF petition calls on New Zealand Prime Minister Helen Clark to introduce a ban on set nets in New Zealand territorial waters and limit trawling in shallow waters while implementing a plan for the recovery of both species. Take a moment to sign the petition before October 22, 2007 - it requires only your real name and address - and you could help save these groups of dolphins.
Endangered goliath groupers speared and killed in Florida waters
Wetpixel member Walt Stearns recently emailed some troubling news about protected goliath grouper species being shot and killed by a few spearfisherman in the Palm Beach County area of Florida. Thus far, at least five fish have been discovered shot (with three of those dying) and all were located at known spawning aggregation sites.
Walt states, “as of now there is a $1,500 reward for any information leading to the arrest of the poacher(s) that is doing this.” Read on for the details about each shooting incident, and a contact number to report any information…
Raja Ampat park entrance tag contest open for voting
A selection of final images has been made by the Wetpixel staff, and we are proud to announce that the official 2008 Raja Ampat entrance tag contest is now open for public voting from October 10-19, 2007!
Remember that the winner’s image will be printed onto over 5,000 park tags to be attached to diver BCDs while in the new Raja Ampat park, and he/she will win a free diving package in Raja Ampat, courtesty of local dive sponsors.
Gates announces DEEP RED underwater housing for Red One camera
Typical of many Gates products, the housing will be machined out of aluminum and will feature mechanical controls and a depth rating of 300 feet. The DEEP RED will also come with a two-year renewable warranty.
The housing was developed in collaboration with professional underwater videographer Howard Hall - continue for the full press release…
Eric Cheng featured in Diver Channel magazine
Wetpixel editor Eric Cheng has been featured with a 10-page “Diver’s Interview and Gallery” in the latest issue of Diver Channel magazine. The article is in Chinese (we’d appreciate if anyone is able to provide a translation) but includes a variety of underwater imagery. The section is available in PDF form, as Diver Channel requires registration before downloading.
Featured in the latest issue of Polish dive magazine Wielki Błękit is Wetpixel member Andrzej Czyżyk (aczyzyk) with an article about the Andaman Islands. Congratulate all featured Wetpixel participants in the Members in Media forum!
Deadline for Raja Ampat park entrance tag contest
The deadline for the official Raja Ampat entrance tag contest is only two days away! The contest is open to graphic designs and any underwater images from Indonesia - the winning entry will be printed onto over 5,000 park tags, and the winner will receive a complimentary diving package in Raja Ampat.
After finalists are chosen, the winner will be decided by public vote from October 10th until the 19th. Entries must be uploaded before the end of the day, October 9, 2007 - submit before it’s too late!
The Art Of Diving - US Edition
Congratulations to Wetpixel’s associate editor Alex Mustard on the publication of the special North American edition of his book The Art Of Diving, which went on sale this week. Unlike the European language editions the North American book is hardback and includes more detailed captions for the photographs. The North American edition is published by The Lyons Press. You can also read more about the book and see sample pages on Amazon.
Captain Paul Watson of Sea Shepherd to speak at Oceanblue Divers
Oceanblue Divers, a New York-based dive club, is pleased to announce that the founder and president of the Sea Shepherd Conservation Society, Captain Paul Watson, will be speaking at the club’s first anniversary party on October 4, 2007 at the Ultra Lounge in New York. Captain Watson “will make a special presentation on the state of the world’s oceans and how we can make a difference by taking action to help protect the diversity of life they support.”
There will also be a raffle drawing held at the event, with the grand prize of a 10 day/8 night dive trip in the Red Sea including roundtrip airfare from New York to Cairo. Attendance is limited, and tickets must be purchased for admission. Continue reading for the full press release…
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