Westchester County considers banning shark fin products
Westchester County, just north of New York City, is considering a law to ban the sale of all shark fin products, including shark fin soup. This would be the first legislation of its kind in the United States and could create momentum to ban shark fin products in other localities.
The legislators, and this bill, deserve our support. Let’s tell them how important we think this ban is! Please ‘sign’ the letter over at the SharkSavers website. It is especially important for residents of Westchester County to show their support of this bill.
Scubacam appointed Seacam distributor in Singapore
Seacam’s Harald Hordosh has appointed Scubacam as distributor of Seacam products in Singapore. For over two years, Scubacam has been a Seacam service partner, and the partnership has now expanded to better serve customers in the SE Asia region. David Cheung, owner of Scubacam, is delighted to be able to provide both servicing and sale of all Seacam products.
Seacam and Scubacam will also be participating in this year Asia’s largest Dive Expo, ADEX, which will be held at the Singapore Suntec International Convention & Exhibition Centre from April 18-20, 2008. (Booth C13)
Petition to protect the Blue Heron bridge
The Blue Heron bridge is located on the eastern most section of the continental United States, where the warm water of the Gulf Stream current comes in closer than any other place on the east coast. This current brings in larval animals and juveniles of tropical marine species, depositing them directly under the Blue Heron bridge. These tropical species intermingle with the temperate species normally found in this area, creating one of the most diverse marine habitats anywhere in the United States. Some of the unusual species found at the bridge are seahorses, stargazers, flying gurnards, striated frogfish, searobins, Atlantic longarm (mimic) octopi, and much more.
If you want to help save the Blue Heron bridge from the irreparable damage caused by collectors, please sign the petition, which was originally drafted by a local attorney and distributed by Pura Vida Divers and other members of the Palm Beach Diving Association (Wetpixel has modified the wording for online use). If you would rather sign the petition in person, it can be found at Pura Vida Divers, Narcosis Dive Charters, Jim Abernethy’s Scuba Adventures.
DiveFilm HD Video Podcasts releases new episodes, competition winners
DiveFilm HD podcasts have been added to the new AppleTV menu as “Favorite HD Podcasts” and “Travel & Nature Podcasts” - newly released DiveFilm HD podcast episodes are Wetpixel’s own Gyula “Jules” Somogyi’s creative short film “The Vision of the Oraculum” and Mike Boom’s beautiful look at “Komodo Beneath the Waves,” and soon to follow are all the winners in this year’s Our World Underwater/Wetpixel/DivePhotoGuide video competition.
The addition of DiveFilm HD Video podcasts to the new AppleTV menu allows underwater imagers to reach new audiences, and help raise awareness of the beauty, diversity and fragility of the ocean world. DiveFilm Podcasts are produced in association with Wetpixel.
Celebrate the Sea 2008 International Imagery Competition
Celebrate the Sea has announced a final call for entries. The photo and video competition features over $50,000 in cash and dive destination prizes, and prominent judges include Emory Kristof, David Doubilet, Daniel Mecier, and more.
The deadline for submission is May 10, 2008! Continue reading for the full Celebrate the Sea press release and details about the WOW Philippines Imagery Competition…
Sea & Sea MDX-PRO Mark III underwater housing review
The Sea & Sea MDX-PRO Mark III is Sea & Sea’s flagship underwater housing designed for Canon 1D and 1Ds Mark III digital SLRs. Don Kehoe and I reviewed the housing during a week in Florida photographing manatees in Crystal River and small critters underneath the Blue Heron Bridge.
Continue reading for a detailed description of the housing, including nearly 30 photos, notes about ergonomics, and information about our custom INON viewfinder installation by Backscatter.
UPDATED: see a video of the camera firing at 10 fps… with strobes!
Diverwire news feed for scuba divers
Check out Diverwire, a scuba-diving news feed from our friends over at DiveNewswire Networks. Diverwire presents regular updates on dive travel, scuba products, photography and videography, and more—all targeted at scuba divers.
Diverwire is free, and is perfect for divers who want breaking news across the entire industry sent via email or RSS. Sign up here, if you’re interested!
UWP Magazine Issue #41 available for download
Underwater Photography Magazine Issue 41 is now available for download. The issue contains articles, reviews, and profiles involving Carol Grant, Mark Baine, Dave Harasti, Mark Webster, Berkley White, Rob Spray, Karin Brussaard, Alex Kirkbride, Aengus Moran, Don Silcock, Joseph Dovala, Martin Edge, and more on topics including the discovery of new species, shark understanding and conservation, equipment reviews, and macro and black and white techniques.
UWP Magazine is a free PDF magazine, published every two months.
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