FWC remains uncommitted to Goliath Grouper protection
After a public meeting on 26 April, the Florida Wildlife Commission has postponed the decision on opening a harvest of critically endangered goliath grouper (Epinephelus itajara). This mean that although there is no immediate plan to reopen them to fishing, the commissioners did not commit to any form of permanent protection and in fact stated that if studies show that the species number have “increased,” fishing will resume.
Florida is set to impose restrictions on shore based shark fishing
Florida state wildlife commission voted Wednesday to impose restrictions on shore based shark fishing. The Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission, which met in Fort Lauderdale, voted unanimously to create much stricter rules for shore based shark fishing. The exact rules will be drawn up at a later date, but may include licenses for shore based shark fishing as well as restrictions on gear that may be used for fishing.
Images show a perfectly preserved shipwreck nearly 300 feet below Lake Superior
Images published this week on Yahoo show a perfectly preserved shipwreck, the Gunilda, that has been resting 270 feet below the surface of Lake Superior for 107 years. The images were captured by Becky Kagan Schott, underwater photographer and technical diving instructor, over the course of 25 dives to the extreme depth. The preservation of the ship and expert lighting make for a stunning combination.
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Retra ceases production of their Flash
Retra has announced that they are ceasing production of their Flash. The company cites problems with production times causing availability issues and so have decided to concentrate on refining their production process before releasing a new product in July or August 2018. All and any servicing requirements along with existing warranties will continue to honored.
Adobe explains how to use and create Profiles in Lightroom
April’s release of Lightroom and Camera Raw included a significantly updated Profiles feature. Adobe has released a blog post that explains in some depth how these work. Among the information is a paper written by Thomas Knoll and his ACR teammates Eric Chan and Max Wendt explaining the nuances between the new Adobe Raw profiles and a video tutorial on how to create custom versions.
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Potential new species of manta ray spotted off Palm Beach Florida
Drone footage shot off Palm Beach, Florida by photographer Ivy Yin of Our Children’s Earth Foundation shows footage of a potentially new species of manta ray. Yin sent the footage to Dr. Andrea Marshall, co-founder of the Marine Megafauna Foundation, and a scientist who studies manta rays off the Florida coast. Not only does she believe this to be a new species of manta ray, but also that the coast of Florida around Palm Beach could serve as a nursery for this species.
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