Manta Rays now protected in Hawaii
A research conducted by Manta Pacific Research Foundation and the University of Hawaii has concluded that populations of Manta Rays along the Hawaiian Islands are vulnerable. This research led to a legislation that has just passed at Hawaii’s Committee on Water, Land, and Ocean Resources.
The Resolution calls for the establishment of a working group to protect the batoidea order, including manta rays, from poaching and fishing in Hawaiian waters. Specifically, it directs the Department of Land and Natural Resources (DLNR) with researching and pursuing all possible means of protecting manta rays, and drafting proposed administrative rules to prevent poaching, fishing, or killing manta rays.
ULCS introduces accessory neck ball (AC-NB)
Ultralight has built a new part that attaches to the neck section beneath the ball of any ULCS base adapter or arm segment, forming an excellent way to mount accessory focus lights.
This new part, called AC-NB (accessory neck ball), comes as two parts that encircle the neck of every other ULCS parts. The base ball is adjustable, allowing 360 degree movement of the spotting light adapter.
Wetpixel Photo of the Week Contest
Some of you may have noticed that POTW #128 didn’t go online as expected earlier this week. It’s online now, so go on over and submit your best images taken at night!
We’ve been getting some fantastic POTW entries. Remember: the POTW contest doesn’t work unless you vote each week. Winners receive a free Ikelite PC light!
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ADEX 2006 Travel Specials
FiNS Online has posted the special “Fly & Dive” travel packages offered by Nemo Travel during ADEX last weekend. The reduced local pricing was originally restricted to ADEX members for booking during the expo, but we convinced Nemo Travel and FiNS to extend them to Wetpixel members for an additional week.
Specials include deals to Indonesia, Sabah, PNG, Palau, Australia, the Philippines, and more. Rates are listed in Singapore Dollars (1 USD = approx 1.6 SGD), and are quite good. If you’re planning a trip to the Asia Pacific, you should definitely check out these deals! You must contact Nemo Travel by April 30th in order to get the discounted fares. Tell Nemo you were referred by Wetpixel.
ADEX 2006 Asia Dive Expo Report
ADEX is tiny compared to shows in the United States and Europe, and I was told beforehand by more than one person to “not expect much.” But what I discovered when I arrived was a tight network of dive operators, tourism representatives, manufacturers, distributors, publishers, editors, and photographers working together to further the industry as a whole (for the most part). Three days hardly seemed like enough time to meet and befriend all of the people I wanted to see, and evenings were spent out dining and hanging out at bars, often into the early hours of the morning…
Amphibico underwater housing for Sony HDR-HC3
Wagsy has posted information about the upcoming Amphibico underwater housing for the new Sony HDR-HC3 HDV camcorder. The housing looks absolutely tiny, and comes with a 70° lens, with 80° and 120° lenses available. The information pages are dated end of May, 2006, but we’re not sure yet when the housing will actually ship.
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