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Walt Stearns

Member Since 08 Apr 2005
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Goliath grouper under fire again!

02 January 2014 - 12:06 PM

Goliath grouper are the subject of strong opinions and divided emotions. Divers love to see these mammoth fish; underwater hunters denounce them as competitors, or covet them as outsized trophies; fishermen are just itching for a policy change that allows harvest; and regulatory bodies seem constantly poised to rescind long-term protection in favor of short-term exploitation.


Opinions abound, and the rhetoric can get heated when interest groups clash. But when cooler heads prevail, the facts emerge, and paint a picture of a species that has come back from the brink, but is still very much in need of our protection. This 7th – 9th members and staff from the Gulf of Mexico Fishery Management Council, the South Atlantic Management Council and the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission will meet at the Key Largo Hilton in a open session to consider reopening the Goliath grouper fishery.


I have put together a very detailed feature in the latest issue (UWJ-issue_31) of the Underwater Journal that you should read if you are considering attending this meeting (the big day is the 8th), or act through petitions (http://petitions.mov...fb&r_by=9731813) and Social Media like facebook, it will help to read this story.



FS: Gates Deep Epic/Scarlet Housing system

09 October 2013 - 12:30 PM

For Sale: complete Gates Deep Epic/Scarlet Housing system. The housing is 100% compatible with either RED model camera system and comes with external LCD monitor housing (RED LCD not included), Gates SP80 Glass Standard 8” Dome Port, Gates FP80 Glass Flat Port, three (40mm, 70mm, 100mm) extension rings, Gates vacuum pump seal check system, collection of focus & zoom gears, spare O-rings.


I have worked with this housing, it has only been placed in the ocean a very few number of times. The housing and all its parts still have a clean almost brand new look to them. Since I am also holding it here in Palm Beach, FL for a friend of mine, I have been asked to handle the initial part of the sale. Should a sale become finalized payment with be made to owner, which I will then set up delivery of the housing and all its components.


Itemized List:

Gates Deep Epic/Scarlet Housing w/5 Touch LCD                          $18,280.00

Gates SP80 Glass Standard Dome Port                                           $   3,080.00

Gates FP 80 Flat Port for Deep Red                                                 $   1,100.00

Gates PE 390B+PE148E Port Extender                                            $      850.00

(for Nikon 16-85 and Canon 100 macro with FP80 port)

Gates PE160 Port Extender                                                              $       600.00

(for Tokina Fisheye 10-17 or Tokina 11-16 with SP80 port)

Gates DF1000 Audio Moisture Alarm                                                $      167.00

Gates Deep Red Tripod Mount                                                          $      158.00

Gates Microphone                                                                             $      210.00


System also includes: Assortment of focus and zoom for Tokina Fisheye 10-17, Tokina 11-16, Tokina 12-24 and Canon 100mm 2.8 IS macro.


Purchased all together would cost more than $26,000.00

Selling price $20,000


Included with the camera housing and port system are two Pelican IM 2750 Storm Cases; which the housing, ports and extension rings will be delivered in.


I can be reached at wstearns@uwjournal.com