Shark free marinas petition: Sailfish Marina
Sailfish Marina and Resort, Palm Beach, Florida is owned by Carl H. Linder, number 586 in the list of the worlds richest men. As such, he has recently donated large sums of money to establish the Carl H. Linder Family Center for Reproduction of Endangered Wildlife at the Cincinnati Zoo and is known as a generous benefactor of the zoo. It seems a little ironic that the marina and resort he owns is responsible for the landing of critically endangered sharks, in the name of sport. It would seem that Mr. Linder is correctly intentioned, but perhaps ignorant of what goes on. In order to inform him, and to prevent further landings of sharks at Sailfish Marina, please sign the Shark-free Sailfish Marina petition.
Blue Ocean Film Festival: Industry Showcase
Last month’s Blue Ocean Film Festival featured and industry and technology trade show, and we’ve finally updated our article to comprehensively cover latest in underwater gear and marine conservation that was on display. Better late than never, hopefully.
Review of Nauticam 7D housing
Lazaro Ruda has posted a comprehensive illustrated guest review of the NA-7D housing on the Nauticam USA blog. His impressions are that the housing benefits from an underwater photographers design input, with controls and functions easily accessible, and that the build quality is excellent. He found the closure latches awkward to use, and had some issues with lens controls being unintentionally activated when inserting the camera. The alligator encounter reported earlier on th wetpixel front page was filmed and shot by Lazaro using the NA-7D. The housing for the review was supplied by Reef Photo.
Sea Shepherd updates from Taiji, Japan
A group from Sea Shepherd are currently at Taiji, Japan, scene of the annual dolphin hunt. The hunt, subject of the award winning documentary The Cove, is underway again this year. The Sea Shepherd team aims to ensure that the killing of dolphins that has taken place previously, will not take place this year. They intend to do so by publicizing and photographing the events that occur, despite threats of violence and intimidation made against them. In the past, groups bearing witness to the hunt have succeeded in curtailing the hunt and in some dolphins being released. Captain Paul Watson says Sea Shepherd’s aim is:
“The key to saving the dolphins is for people to constantly be in Taiji so the slaughter is not allowed to go on out of sight of cameras and witnesses.”
New study: “Oceans on the brink of mass extinction”
Dr John Alroy, writing in the international journal Science, predicts that we are on the brink of a major extinction episode so severe that there has only been three mass extinctions on the level of the current one in the last half billion years. Dr. Alroy also predicts a dramatic change to the accepted rules of evolution, due to human behaviors and activities combined with climate change:
“What’s worrisome is that some groups permanently become dominant that otherwise wouldn’t have. So by causing this extinction, we are taking a big gamble on what kind of species will be around in the future. We don’t know how it will turn out. People don’t realize that there will be very unpredictable consequences.”
Free diving with whale sharks
Rob Stewart of Sharkwater has posted a video of him free diving with a large group of whale sharks. The video was shot at Isla Mujeres, Mexico, during the annual whale shark aggregation also witnessed by the Wetpixel Cenotes and Whale Sharks trip this year. The footage will be used in his next documentary “Rise Again.”
2011 Raja Ampat Entrance Tag Design Contest deadline on Monday!
This is a reminder that submissions for the 2011 Raja Ampat Entrance Tag Design Contest must be sent in by end of day Monday, September 6, 2010. Enter your best images or graphic designs and have your image printed on the 5,000 park tags that will be attached to the BCDs of visiting divers. The author of the winning design also wins an all-inclusive 10-day dive holiday to Raja Ampat, Indonesia, for two.
Entering the contest is free, so there’s nothing to lose!
Ecuador to introduce shark protection plan
Ecuador has signed an agreement with the Inter America Development Bank to improve marine and coastal biodiversity conservation with a $4 million IDB-GEF grant. The aim is:
to advance marine and coastal biodiversity conservation in Ecuador by supporting a protected areas network and helping implement a national action plan for the protection of sharks.
The Ecuador government has contributed a further $4.3 million to the scheme and there is added financial support from U.S. Agency for International Development. Practically, the funding will introduce two new Marine Protected Areas (MPA), to strengthen the 13 existing MPA’s and to cut annual landings of sharks from 39000 to 31000. In addition, it aims to reduce shark by-catch by involving local fisherman at a grass-roots level.
Review of PluralEyes video and audio synchronization software
One of the biggest pain points in non-linear video editing workflow is the need to synchronize multiple video and audio tracks on a timeline. Many wildlife photographers I know now carry standalone video recording devices like the Zoom H4n to record ambient sounds, interviews, and other interesting audio.
PluralEyes is a small standalone application made by Singular Software used to synchronize audio and video clips directly on the timeline….