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    Nikon D50
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    Sea & Sea
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    Sea & Sea YS-110
  1. Rocha - I mean no disrespect here - but isn't it true that without the collectors supplying the hobby and keeping the flow going from reef to wholesaler, public and for profit large aquariums around the world will have to pay more - much more - for their fish? At least the Waikiki aquarium curators have had the courage to admit this and the fear that banning the trade in Hawaii will have a domino effect and ultimately dry up your access to the fish you need to replace those that keep dying. You should consider doing what the Seattle Aquarium does - they come every couple of years and collect their own fish. And if anyone is paying attention, they'll note that life expectancy for this wildlife, even public aquariums staffed by experts, is nowhere near what their potential is. Consider the Yellow Tangs which are very long lived in the wild. Consider the seahorses bred and raised by Ocean Riders in Kona that live twice as long as their wild counterparts. I'm not saying that public aquariums don't provide some benefit and should be banned. I'm saying public aquariums and their curators should stop promoting the aquarium hobby. You don't see zoo curators promoting the wildlife under their care as suitable for home hobbyists - or protecting/promoting the trappers who supply this wildlife. The aquarium trade in Hawaii has caused the species they take to decline by 50 - 90% on Oahu and Kona (despite the no-take areas). Monitored doesn't = managed. No limits on permits & no limits on take is not managed by any stretch of the imagination. Yellow tangs are down by 73% in Kona. Species once common, are now rarely encountered. Hawaii's people don't want their reefs and wildlife impacted for the aquarium hobby. Check out the recent Humane Society of the U.S. poll showing resident's views on using wildlife this way. An overwhelming majority of Hawaii residents want the aquarium trade banned and believe that ONLY captive bred fish should be kept in tanks - never wild caught. Please be respectful and stop defending and promoting the hobby.
  2. This set up is one of the smallest and lightest DSLR underwater housings. The camera fits into a custom-designed snug, contoured and super compact housing which gives this set up maximum maneuverability. Underwater, it handles like a dream and has taken MANY excellent, high quality photographs. This set up gives you the opportunity to shoot macro and wide angle and is a wonderful way to get into underwater DSLR photography! Priced to sell: original retail cost was about $5500. Offering it for $2250 OBO Includes: Nikon D50 camera – 2 batteries, charger, camera strap, manual; 2G SD card Sea & Sea DX 50 Housing – front housing cap, camera base/shoe for housing Sea & Sea Ports and Gears (with original boxes): NX Compact Macro Port Base (needed w/ Macro and Compact Wide ports); extra o-ring Compact Macro Port for 60mm lens with plastic cover Focus gear for 60mm1:2.8 D lens (box) Focus gear for Nikon AF-S 60mm F2.8 ED (Never used) Compact Wide Port for 18-55mm lens w/ extra o-ring , neoprene cover & zoom gear NX Fisheye Dome port w/ extension ring and zoom gear for 12-24mm lens (Minimally used) Focus gear for 105mm lens (Never used) Strobes: YS-90 w/ o-ring kit and additional o-ring for battery compartment YS-110 Dual sync cord 2 Flexible arms Nikon AF Nikkor Lenses with original paperwork, lens caps: 18-55mm 60mm 1:2.8D w/ UV filter 28-80mm w/ UV filter (fun little land lens thrown in!)
  3. Divers may not be aware that the saltwater aquarium trade is responsible for the wasted deaths of over 30 million reef fish every year and the resulting decimated reefs. They may not know that this is to supply only approx. 1.5 million hobbyists, worldwide. They are likely unaware that the majority of those buying coral reef wildlife for their tanks have less than a year's experience taking care of these fragile animals with little understanding and no skill. They probably don't know that even for net caught fish taken in a "managed" location like Hawaii, entire species are disappearing, populations are severely depleted (most recent data shows yellow tangs down by 73%) and up to 40% of the animals die before making into a hobby tank because capture, handling and shipping is so incredibly stressful for these animals. Keep in mind: the fish you may only take 3 - 5 shots of, the animal you will not relocate for the perfect background, etc. etc. may be picked up by a fish collector as soon as your panga drops you back at the ship. By some accounts, if it comes from SE Asia, it will have a 1 in 9 chance of making it to it's final destiny in someone's living room tank where it will survive for less than a year. Once most divers and photographers get a feel for what the saltwater aquarium hobby is doing to the cherished marine life they spend tens of thousands of dollars annually to visit and photograph, they take a stand against it. Learn more at www.FortheFishes.org which is focused on protecting Hawaii's reef wildlife from the aquarium trade, but has much information on the trade, in general.
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