Study reveals slow reef recovery
A new paper published in Marine Ecology Progress Series journal shows that traditional estimates of reef fish recovery on over-fished reefs may well be considerable underestimates. The Wildlife Conservation Society study looked at the Kenyan marine parks that were established in the mid 1970s and have since received steady protection from fishing and high levels of tourism. The authors examined the size, growth and reproduction characteristics of the fishes within the protected areas and found that neither growth nor reproduction patterns had stabilized. The body sizes of the fish species showed more evidence for stabilizing but were still increasing up to the full length of the study. This has significant implications for the management of fishing in reef areas. The full paper is available as a free pdf download.
RED releases 4K Cinema Player
RED has announced that its Redray 4K Cinema Player will begin shipping this month, with volumes being available from Q1 2013. The player is capable of:
“…native 4,096 × 2,160 or 3,840 x 2,160 video playback (in .RED file format) and upscaling. It connects to 4K displays via one HDMI 1.4 port or 4 HDMI 1.3 ports, with an additional HDMI jack needed to push 7.1 audio. It’s even ready for the new high framerate 3D video that we’ll see debut at theaters with The Hobbit.”
Buyers will still need to connect it to a 4K ultra-HD display, and the player alone will retail at $1,450.
NOAA to list 66 coral species as endangered
UnderwaterTimes reports that the US National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) is proposing to list 66 species of reef building corals under the Endangered Species Act. If the proposal is carried out, it means that:
“…endangered does not prohibit activities like fishing or diving, but prohibits the specific “take” of those species, including harming, wounding, killing, or collecting the species. It also prohibits imports, exports, and commercial activities dealing in the species.”
The 66 species includes 59 in the Pacific and 7 from the Caribbean. The scheme will now go forward to a 90 day public hearing period, during which NOAA will hold 18 public meetings. If it passes through this process, the listings will be made in late 2013.
LAUPS announces results of competition
The Los Angeles Underwater Photography Society (LAUPS) has published the results of their annual International Underwater Photographic Competition. Now in its fiftieth year, Best of Show and wide-angle was won by Eduardo Acevedo of Tenerife, Spain with his circular fisheye image “Stars & World”. Other still categories were won by Tony Cherbas in Macro, Ximena Olds in Behavior, Allison Vitsky Sallmon in Cold Water, Stephen Holinski in Compact Cold Water, Oliviero Giorgio Pulido in Compact Macro, Karoly Szabo and Compact Wide. In the video contest, Mike Boom won the Video Edited and Walter Marti the Video Raw Footage categories respectively.
Congratulations to all the winners and all those in the placings. The full results are available on the LAUPS website.
Wetpixel Senior Moderator Mike Veitch has provided some notes on diving and photographing in an environmentally responsible way. This article is a part of a re-write of a series of articles that was originally published in Mike’s “In Focus” column that was published in Scuba Diver Australasia magazine from 2006-2009. It has been re formatted and has new images bringing it up to date for Wetpixel. Mike concludes that:
“By practicing considerate and safe photography you can lessen your impact and footprint on the coral reef. If everyone does their part, by following the guidelines above, we will all benefit in the long run with a healthy and happy underwater world.”
Apple updates camera RAW support
Apple has added RAW support for the following cameras: Canon EOS M, Canon PowerShot G15, Canon PowerShot S110, Canon PowerShot SX50 HS, Nikon D600, Nikon 1 J2, Panasonic LUMIX DMC-FZ200, Panasonic LUMIX DMC-G5, Panasonic LUMIX DMC-LX7, Sony Alpha NEX-F3 and Sony Cyber-shot DSC-RX100. These cameras are now fully supported in iPhoto and Aperture.
Camera RAW update version 4.01 is available to download from the Apple support site or via Software Update.
Call for entries: Ocean Views
The 2012-2013 Ocean Views contest is calling for entries. The contest, hosted this year by Alert Diver, Nature’s Best Photography and Wetpixel, is offering photographers the chance to win a Grand Prize of two live-aboard dive holidays, one on the Thailand Aggressor, and the other on the Carib Dancer. In addition, there are many other significant prizes for those in the competition’s placings, including great dive holidays and shiny scuba gear. All the winning images will also be published in upcoming editions of both Nature’s Best Photography and Alert Diver magazines as well as on Wetpixel. The contest is open at all, with no specific categories, but with prizes for the top 12 placings and 5 honorable mentions. Entries may be of life below, above or around the ocean’s surface and for a one-off $25 US entry fee, you can submit up to 20 images.
The deadline for entries has been changed to 18 December 2012, and full rules and procedures are listed on the Nature’s Best Photography website.
Parasites affect reef fish streamlining
A new study published in Biology Letters has looked at the cost of hosting ectoparasites to coral reef fish. The paper observed bridled monocle bream (Scolopsis bilineatus), parasitized by an isopod (Anilocra nemipteri), which attaches above the fish’s eye. Model parasites were attached and it was shown that although these did not affect the fish’s metabolic rates (the “live” parasites do), the main effect was reduced streamlining, which in turn reduces swimming performance at high-speed. Previous thought has been that the main cost to the host was the increase in metabolic rate necessary to sustain both fish and parasite. (Image by Valter Jacinto).
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