UnderWater Camera Stuff releases new products
Underwater Camera Stuff has announced a new version of their vacuum housing check system. The Housing Sentry Basic has manual pump that allows users to check the integrity of their housing’s seals prior to diving. In addition, the company has launched a version of the vacuum connector that can be screwed into a hole created by removing an unused control on an Ikelite housing. The Housing Sentry Basic is available now at a US retail price of $290.
CITES 2013: The results
As of earlier today, oceanic whitetip (Carcharhinus longimanus), smooth hammerhead (Sphyrna zygaena), great hammerhead (Sphyrna mokarran), scalloped hammerhead (Sphyrna lewini) porbeagle sharks (Lamna nasus) and both species of manta ray (Manta birostris and Manta alfredi) have been added to Appendix II of CITES. Appendix II lists species which are not necessarily threatened with immediate extinction but which may become so unless trade is closely controlled.
CITES 2013: Shark and manta protection hangs in the balance
Georgienne Bradley, of the Sea Save Foundation, has filmed Japanese delegates to CITES holding a secret meeting with several African delegates earlier tonight. It is surmised that these were to attempt to pressurize those delegates into reversing their earlier votes in favor of the addition of shark and manta species to Appendix II of CITES. The Plenary session, scheduled tomorrow will give them the opportunity to do so. (Images by Michael Aw).
Last few spaces available on Wetpixel Alaska 2013
The last few spaces for the Wetpixel Alaska Expedition 2013 are now available. The two-week itinerary, which runs from Juneau and Ketchikan, will take in some of the best cold-water diving on the planet aboard the famous liveaboard, the Nautilus Swell. Dates are from 18 July to 1 August and the places are sure to be filled very soon, so please don’t delay contacting trip leader, Jason Bradley if you are interested.
CITES extends protection to shark species and mantas
Delegates at the triennial meeting in Bangkok of the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species (CITES) have voted today to accept that oceanic whitetip (Carcharhinus longimanus), smooth hammerhead (Sphyrna zygaena), great hammerhead (Sphyrna mokarran) and porbeagle sharks (Lamna nasus) be added to Appendix II of CITES. Appendix II lists species which are not necessarily now threatened with extinction but which may become so unless trade is closely controlled.
Nauticam unveils the NA-EOSM
Nauticam USA has announced the imminent release of their housing for the Canon EOS M EVIL camera. The manufacturer states that the housing’s controls closely mimic those of the camera and give access to the 4-way control pad and control wheel. The housing will accommodate the Canon Speedlite 90EX, so strobes can be controlled via fiber optic. Port support is offered for the EF-M 18-55 f/3.5-5.6 and the EF-M 22mm f/2 pancake lens. In addition, Nauticam has designed a port and focus gear for the Canon EF-S 60mm f/2.8 EF lens mounted on the EF-EOS M Mount Adapter.
Light & Motion announces fluorescence filter for GoPro
Light & Motion has released a fluorescence filter for the GoPro Hero3. The filter is constructed from aluminum and is attached onto the GoPro housing with a simple one screw installation. The filter is a flip style, so can be easily moved aside to allow for conventional light filming. The filter is available now and costs $99.00
Amphibico announces the Genesis FS700 housing
Amphibico has announced the imminent release of its Genesis housing for the Sony NEX-FS700 camera. The new housing features the company’s customary electronic controls with access to over 25 camera functions from the grips and is machined from marine grade aluminum. Monitoring is available via a top mounted window, and the housing will be compatible with a wide variety of Sony E-mount lenses. Lastly, the housing features a bayonet port lock system that is compatible with Aquatica ports.
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