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Solmar V gets even greener Photo

Solmar V gets even greener

The owners of the Mexican based liveaboard Solmar V have raised the bar for dive operators by agreeing to offset the boat’s carbon emissions as a standard practice. They are probably the first dive boat to do so, and will offset against the use of the boats diesel engine. In effect, this means that a portion of each passengers fees will be used to help reduce global warming. Many traveling divers now choose to offset the carbon effects of their airline travel, but until now there has been little or no opportunity of offset once “on the ground.”

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Wetpixel Expedition: Ambon Night Safari, Nov/Dec 2010 Photo

Wetpixel Expedition: Ambon Night Safari, Nov/Dec 2010

Wetpixel still has spots left for our Ambon Night Safari this coming Nov 7-16, 2010!

Photographers Eric Cheng and Tony Wu will lead the trip, which goes to one of the best critter spots on the planet. The humble shoreline at Laha is where the Maluku frogfish (Histiophryne psychedelica) was found a couple of years ago. This year, the elusive frogfish resurfaced, and we’re hoping they will still be there when we arrive.

Read the full details for more information on what to expect — we’re looking forward to the trip!

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Sony releases firmware upgrade for EX1 Photo

Sony releases firmware upgrade for EX1

Sony Europe has announced the release of a firmware upgrade for European model PMW-EX1 XDCAM cameras. The new firmware is version 1.20 and is:

In response to users’ requests for additional choices in recording media for XDCAM EX, this user-upgradeable firmware update offers compatibility of the current family of XDCAM EX products with the new Sony Media Adaptors: MEAD-MS01 (Memory Stick PRO-HG Duo HX) and MEAD-SD01 (SDHC memory card)), as well as the SxS-1 series media cards.

The Media Adaptors allow the use of Memory Stick PRO-HG Duo HX and SDHC cards in XDCAM EX equipment.

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Group sues Brazilian exporter over shark fin export Photo

Group sues Brazilian exporter over shark fin export

Business Week has reported that the Brazilian environmental group, Environmental Justice Institute, has sued exporter Sigel do Brasil Comercio over claims that it has illegally exported over 25 tonnes of shark fins since 2009. In Brazil, it is illegal to separate shark fins from the carcasses, and in May government agents reported finding 3.3 tons of shark fins during a single raid on the company. Cristiano Pacheco, director of the group said:

“This is an extremely serious situation and represents only a fraction of the sharks that are illegally killed off Brazil’s northeast coast.”

Pacheco’s group filed its suit for $790 million against Sigel do Brasil Comercio in a federal court in the Amazon jungle city of Belem.

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Alert Diver magazine ships this week Photo

Alert Diver magazine ships this week

The third quarter issue of DAN’s Alert Diver magazine should ship to US DAN members this week. For non-US divers, the online version will be available shortly. The magazine features the results of a photo contest, run in collaboration with Nature’s Best magazine and the cover image, a shot of sailfish by Howard Hall, is a frame grab from a RED video. It is believed that this is the first time that a screen grab has been used on the front cover of a dive publication. Howard has also written an article in the Photo Techniques section about the opportunities for converging still and video technologies.

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Expect the unexpected: Alligator encounter at sixty feet Photo

Expect the unexpected: Alligator encounter at sixty feet

Lazaro Ruda has posted an account of his encounter with a fresh water alligator at sixty feet on Breaker’s reef, Palm Beach, FL on his blog. Despite being ready for unusual sightings he writes:

“Of all the amazing and rare encounters it was perhaps a humpback whale inshore of Breaker’s reef in 40 feet of water that held the title for the unexpected. But Breaker’s reef was to up the ante once again.”

The alligator was alive and allowed the divers to take images and video of it before moving off. (via DivePhotoGuide.)

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SEA 2010 open for entries Photo

SEA 2010 open for entries

The Northern California Underwater Photographic Society has announced that its 46th Annual International Underwater Photographic Competition and the Bob Commer Award of Excellence in Underwater Photography are now accepting entries. The competitions are open to amateur photographers and videographers worldwide.

The SEA 2010 underwater photographic competition has categories of macro, wide-angle, underwater California, marine conservation and digital creative. There are two video categories; classic and video snapshots. The SEA International Competition best of show will be awarded the prestigious Bob Commer Award of Photographic Excellence.

The competition is accepting entries until October 8, 2010.

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