Amazon.com sells shark fin soup Photo

Amazon.com sells shark fin soup

It seems that Amazon.com is carrying shark fin soup and other products through third-party vendors Roland, Pacific Rim Gourmet, VitaminLife, and Seagate.  With all the controversy surrounding shark fins and the horrible practices used to harvest fins, Amazon should be ashamed to be carrying shark fin soup and should rectify the problem immediately by pulling all shark fin products from their catalog.

What you can do:

  1. Leave feedback at Amazon’s product page for Roland Shark Fin Soup, Dragonfly Shark Fin Soup, VitaminLife, and Seagate.
  2. Participate in the discussion over at Amazon about the product and why it’s bad for them to carry it
  3. Send e-mail to Roland Food at Phyllis.Goldberg@rolandfood.com, Pacific Rim Gourmet at customerservice@pacificrim-gourmet.com, VitaminLife at customerservice@vitaminlife.com, Seagate Products at their contact form, and write letters of protest to:

    Pacific Rim Gourmet
    75-5660 Kopiko Street, Suite C7-210
    Kailua-Kona, HI 96740

    15940 Redmond Way
    Redmond, WA 98052

    Seagate Products/First Fishery
    9484 Chesapeake Dr. Suite 802
    San Diego, CA 92123

  4. Write to Amazon.com at Advantage Customer Service (advantage@amazon.com) and Investor Relations (ir@amazon.com)
  5. Spread the word through your webpage, blog, etc. (code available here)
  6. Boycott Amazon.com until they comply
  7. Join our discussion in the forums

*UPDATE* 10:39AM Jan 8, 2007 - The Roland product is now no longer available as well.  Good work, everyone!  However, it is no longer possible to leave feedback on this product.  6 of our supporters got in before it was no longer possible to leave reviews.

*UPDATE* 12:03AM Jan 6, 2007 - Amazon has pulled all 35+ negative reviews for the Dragonfly product. They have introduced a new product, Shark Fin Cartilage Powder sold through VitaminLife.

*UPDATE* 06:55PM Jan 3, 2007 - Dragonfly Shark Fin Soup now shows “not available.”  Hopefully, our campaign is working.

Continue reading for Amazon’s response and more.

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Win a trip to North Sulawesi Photo

Win a trip to North Sulawesi

Start the new year off with a free trip to North Sulawesi, courtesy of FiNS Magazine, Siladen Resort & Spa, Archipelago Resorts & Fleet and Two Fish Divers. North Sulawesi is one of Asia’s premier dive destinations, with great reef diving and world-class muck diving, all in one place. All you have to do is answer a few questions, then sit back and wait to be contacted! 

Three trips will be given away to random questionnaire participants.  I just took a look at the page, and it will probably take less than three minutes of your time.

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UWP Magazine Issue #34 available for download Photo

UWP Magazine Issue #34 available for download

Underwater Photography Magazine Issue 34 is now available for download.

The issue contains articles by Wetpixel’s own Alex Mustard and Luiz Rocha on TTL in 2007 and diving in West Africa, respectively, as well as various review, technique, location, equipment, and marine life articles by Peter Rowlands, Dave Harasti, Joseph Dovala, and Michael Collins. Also featured are announcements of upcoming events and new equipment of interest to every underwater photographer or videographer.

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

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New DiveFilm Podcast Videos - Episodes 35 and 36 Photo

New DiveFilm Podcast Videos - Episodes 35 and 36

Presented in partnership with Wetpixel, DiveFilm Podcast Episode 36, Jeff Leicher’s “Toroidal Vortex,” takes an innovative and humorous look at the air we breath underwater. Be sure to watch for the outtakes!

Also available is Episode 35, “How LOW Can You Go,” by Kathy and Mike Schnetzer.  A three-person submarine takes the couple with their custom Gates housing to a depth of 1000 feet, where they encounter species rarely seen by scuba divers, and are unexpectedly visited by a manta ray and a pod of dolphins.

DiveFilm Podcast Video has been pioneering the video podcasting of underwater short films since late 2005, and is a “Featured Video Podcast, TV & Film” at iTunes.  You can get to the podcasts on iTunes directly by clicking here (if you have iTunes version 4.9 of higher on your computer), or by browsing to the Video Podcasts. DiveFilm Podcast Video is produced in association with Wetpixel.com.

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Underwater Journal webzine inaugural issue Photo

Underwater Journal webzine inaugural issue

Professional photographer and friend Walt Stearns has recently announced the launch of the brand-new Underwater Journal (UWJ) webzine.  Issue 1 of UWJ is available for immediate download in PDF form, and it’s completely free!

Underwater Journal (UWJ) is a celebration of all things aquatic - from the leading edge of ocean exploration and research to the simple pleasures of immersing oneself weightlessly in the liquid environment that covers three fourths of our world. 

The water is our playground, so we invite readers to take the plunge. Those new to the sport can take in real-world wisdom gleaned from decades of diving in locales near and far. Veterans will appreciate UWJ’s factual,  realistic coverage of destinations, equipment and techniques rarely addressed in the entry-level and agency-biased print products. And even those who are not yet divers will find much to enjoy, as our coverage extends not only to the recreational aspects of sport diving, but to a myriad of fascinating subjects spanning every facet of the ocean realm.

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A photo pro in action, by Wags Photo

A photo pro in action, by Wags

This is a bit old, but worth pointing out.  In our discussion forums, Wags has posted a photo of a photo pro in action and has highlighted what makes this particular shooter’s technique so clearly professional!

It’s the combination of poking fun while staying lighthearted that is so special, and is what makes Wetpixel such a fun place to hang out online.  Plus, you get to learn from seeing what works and what doesn’t work as detailed by the combined experience of thousands of photographers.  If you’re new here, sign up and join the fun!

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Happy New Year! Photo

Happy New Year!

Happy New Year, readers and members!  Here’s to another excellent year at Wetpixel.com and in the waters around the world.  In 2006, we generated:

2,324 new members
416 front page posts
2,263 picture of the week entries

37,975 forum posts
5,458 new forum topics
3,966 private messages
1,732,797 forum top-level topic views

4,035,480 visits
78,997,567 pages served
57,302 unique visitors per month (average)

Special thanks to you, our readers, and to all of our sponsors and partners.  You all made the last year at Wetpixel possible.

Also, the favorite shot of 2006 thread is still going strong in our forums, so head on over there if you want to see what our members have been up to in the last year.

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Divester & Wetpixel Readers Donate $300 to the Coral Reef Alliance Photo

Divester & Wetpixel Readers Donate $300 to the Coral Reef Alliance

For those of you who purchased one (or more!) of the famous—and great-looking!—Divester/Wetpixel shirts, thanks…and congratulations! Through your support, we raised enough money to donate $300 to the Coral Reef Alliance, an organization that works to increase the capacity of communities to work collaboratively towards coral reef conservation. With all the problems coral reefs face today, every little bit helps.

For those of you who haven’t quite gotten around to ordering a shirt of your own, it’s not too late. We still have a few shirts left—although we have sold out of the XL shirts. Consequently, if your New Year’s resolution is to lose some weight, go ahead and order a Large shirt and consider the purchase as a first step towards the new you!

Happy New Year!

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Ike Brigham, founder of Ikelite, passes away Photo

Ike Brigham, founder of Ikelite, passes away

With great regret, we’d like to inform our community of the passing of Ike Brigham, founder of Ikelite Underwater Systems.  Founded in the early 1960s, Ikelite had a huge influence on the birth of consumer underwater photography and continues to shape the underwater imaging market today.

In December of 2001, Ike joined Wetpixel as member #15—only 4 days after our forums were launched. During his time here, he posted 939 messages full of his notoriously self-deprecating, dry humor.  Our staff and users came to love the “Addled Shopkeeper” (his self-appointed title), and as a representative of his company, Ike’s integrity was unparalleled. We shall miss him dearly.  Continue reading for more thoughts about Ike Brigham.

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Backscatter seeks salesperson Photo

Backscatter seeks salesperson

Our sponsor and good friends at Backscatter are looking for a new salesperson! In addition to working with the latest underwater photographer and video gear, Backscatter employees are highly encouraged to make use of the rental / demo equipment and are required to expand their personal imaging skills. That means you can grab demo gear, get your dive equipment out of your dive on-site dive locker, and jump into the water before or after work!  Continue reading for full job details…

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