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Twenty groupers threatened with extinction Photo

Twenty groupers threatened with extinction

Twenty species of grouper, a globally important group of 162 coral reef food fishes, are threatened with extinction unless management or conservation measures are introduced. This was the conclusion of a panel of twenty experts from 10 countries at a recent conservation summit convened to assess the status of groupers worldwide.

Groupers are the basis of the multi-million US$ live reef fish market of the sea food trade centered in Hong Kong, where consumers can pay up to US$50 per kg for this delicacy. Groupers are also the most valuable commercial fishes in the fresh fish markets of the tropics and sub-tropics. Read more on the full press release...

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Report details possible killer whale predation of hammerhead sharks Photo

Report details possible killer whale predation of hammerhead sharks

An article posted on DivePhotoGuide.com from the Latin American Journal of Aquatic Mammals reveals a possible predatory interaction between killer whales and hammerhead sharks off the coast of the Galápagos islands.

The observation describes an encounter with three killer whales:

A dead female hammerhead shark could be clearly seen lying on the sandy bottom. It was estimated to be 2.5-3m long, compared to the size of the killer whale hovering approximately 3m directly above it. The whale was motionless, in a vertical position, with its rostrum oriented towards the shark…the divers moved closer to attempt to identify the shark species and noticed that the killer whale had begun to chase a small (approximately 40cm) hammerhead shark.

The authors request to be contacted if any photographers or videographers have captured the behavior they describe.
 

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ULCS introduces new TR-IK single-handle tray Photo

ULCS introduces new TR-IK single-handle tray

Ultralight Control Systems (ULCS) has introduced a new adjustable single-handle tray, part TR-IK, that fits the middle-range Ikelite housings, the Olympus housings for the Evolt series, and the Inon Rebel series housing.

Retailing for USD$100, the trays allows for the handle to be placed on the left or right side of the housing, and is upgradeable to add a second handle.

Continue reading for more details and photos of the handle on the various housings…

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Recall of Oceanic, AERIS dive computers over decompression hazard Photo

Recall of Oceanic, AERIS dive computers over decompression hazard

Pelagic Pressure Systems has issued a recall for nearly 2,800 dive computers, the Oceanic-brand ATOM 2.0 and EPIC-brand AERIS. The decompression hazard comes from an issue reported where on switching from one gas to another at depth, the dive computer’s display can lock up and not return to the screen showing dive times.

Pelagic received reports of two defective computers, but no injuries have been reported. If you have one of these computers, with a serial number within the range of #0001-#2079 for the Oceanic ATOM 2.0, or #001-#712 for the EPIC AERIS, bring it to an authorized Oceanic or AERIS dealer for a free software upgrade that fixes the issue.

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New Englanders Underwater gallery exhibit requests submissions Photo

New Englanders Underwater gallery exhibit requests submissions

After a successful showing of more than 200 guests at the opening reception last year, the New Englanders Underwater gallery exhibit is back and requesting submissions. March 5th is the last day for submission of images in need of framing, and the final deadline is March 16th for framed images.

Held at the Dryden Galleries in Providence, Rhode Island, the exhibit opens March 31st and runs through May 19th. There is no charge for showing your artwork, and if anything sells, there is only a 20% commission.

This looks like a great way to have your work featured to a large audience without having to pay or organize your own show. Continue reading for all the details and contact information…

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UWP Magazine Issue #35 available for download Photo

UWP Magazine Issue #35 available for download

Underwater Photography Magazine Issue 35 is now available for download.

The issue contains articles by Alex Mustard on macro wide angle, as well as various technique, location, equipment, and marine life articles by Aengus Moran, Gerald Rambert, Tim Ingmire and Mark Webster. Don’t miss the environmental section with two articles about climate change by Mario Liberato and Alex Mustard. Also featured are announcements of upcoming events and new equipment of interest to underwater photographers or videographers.

UWP Magazine is a free PDF magazine, published every two months.

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Boston Sea Rovers 53rd Annual Clinic Photo

Boston Sea Rovers 53rd Annual Clinic

The Boston Sea Rovers will host their 53rd annual clinic at the Fairmont Copley Plaza hotel in Boston this weekend, March 3-4, 2007.  This year’s evening film festival will feature Ernie Brooks as master of ceremonies, with presentations by Brian Skerry, Doug Allan & Sue Flood, Feodor Pitcairn, and team members from the Odyssey Marine Explorations Team. 

Daytime seminars include talks by Steve Drogin, Mauricio Handler, John Ellerbrock, Stan Waterman, Eric Cheng, and many more.  Also, Berkley White (Backscatter) and Ethan Gordon (Fathoms Magazine) will offer morning workshops on digital photography techniques and Adobe Photoshop.

The New England premiere of the movie, Sharkwater, will take place on Sunday afternoon in one of the seminar rooms.

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2007 Moscow Golden Dolphin winners announced Photo

2007 Moscow Golden Dolphin winners announced

The results of the 2007 Golden Dolphin International Photo and Film Festival have been posted. Included among the winners are Wetpixel members Marco Wannenmacher (n@utilus), Dean Burman (DeanB), and Gyula Somogyi (Jules (Helioxfilm)). Please let us know if we missed anyone!

Congratulate the winners on their placings in the 2007 Golden Dolphin discussion and encourage them to post the entries for all to see…

*Update*: The winning photographs have been added to the list of Golden Dolphin 2007 winners.

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20 new shark and ray species discovered in Indonesia Photo

20 new shark and ray species discovered in Indonesia

After a five-year study of catches in Indonesian fish markets, twenty new species of sharks and rays have been discovered. Fourteen species have not yet been described in scientific journals, and the remaining six include the Bali Catshark and Jimbaran Shovelnose Ray.

The study involved sampling over twenty-two different trips across eleven ports in Indonesia, and was designed to help improve the management of shark species in the area. With the number of Wetpixel members traveling to this popular destination in recent months, a few may have inadvertently photographed some of these new species.

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Aquatica announces optical glass macro port lens Photo

Aquatica announces optical glass macro port lens

Underwater photography housing and accessories manufacturer Aquatica has announced a new optical glass lens for its macro ports.

The BK-7 mineral glass lens has anti-reflection and scratch resistant coatings, will be offered standard starting March 2007, and can be purchased alone to replace the old macro port lens for approximately USD$89.

The press release provides additional details and contact information.

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