App thwarts illegal fishing fleet off South Africa
A post on Facebook by South African angler Mark Hicks has resulted in a 28-strong Chinese fishing fleet being interdicted by the authorities. Hicks had been tracking the fleet’s behavior using a smartphone app that tracks vessel movements. He noticed that when the fishing fleet approached the area around Port St. Johns on the east coast, they would switch off their AIS transponders, apparently to mask their presence.
Nauticam USA offers UW Technics TTL and optical converter
Nauticam USA has released details of their integration of UW Technics’s TTL and electro-optical converter for Nikon SLR cameras . This offers TTL and manual exposure control of strobes from the camera’s hotshoe via fiber optic cables. The upgrade is user installable and is compatible with Inon and Sea&Sea strobes.
Mangrove ships housing for JVC camcorders
Mangrove has announced their housing for the JVC GY-HM200 and GY-HM170 camcorders. The housing offers LANC control of 37 camera functions, including manual white balance. It also has an in-built 3.5” High–Resolution TFT LCD monitor which has its own power source, so as to preserve the camera’s battery. The MVHJ-HM200 is compatible with Mangrove’s port system.
Top 10 underwater photo tips by Digital Rev
Digital Rev has published a list of their top ten underwater photography tips. The list was compiled by Hannah Scott who spoke to several professional underwater photographers and got their top tips. Contributing photographers included David Doubilet, Benjamin von Wong, and Matt Draper.
Keldan announces the Video 8X CRI and updates to existing lights
Keldan, via their US distributer, has announced a new video light, and updates to two existing models. The Video 8X CRI offers 8,000 Lumen output with a color rendering index of 96. The Video 8X Flux has ben upgraded to offer 12,000 Lumen output and the Video 4X to 7,000.
Wes Skiles’ widow seeks $25M in wrongful death lawsuit
Opening statements were made in the trial of Wes Skiles’ widow, Terri Skiles, versus Dive Rite Express, owned by Lamartek Inc. Terri Skiles is seeking $25 million in damages, claiming the manufacturer was negligent in testing the safety of the rebreather her husband was using when he drowned off Boynton Beach while filming Goliath Grouper in 2010.
Late Availability: Wetpixel/Mustard Lembeh Macro workshop
Owing to a late cancellation, we have one single space on the Alex Mustard/Wetpixel Lembeh Macro Workshop. The dates for the workshop on which the space is available are 7 to 14 October and we are based at Lembeh Resort. These spaces originally sold out in 24 hours back in March 2015, so it is a real opportunity for someone to jump on at the last minute!
Great White Shark Mary Lee returns to Jersey Shore
A well known individual Great White shark, Mary Lee, has returned to the Jersey Shore to presumably feed. Researchers have tracker her movements for four years now since they originally tagged her off Cape Cod, Massachusetts. The nearly 3,500 pound female shark has swam nearly 34,000 miles since originally being tagged. Image from Shutterstock.
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