Digital Shootout Fiji 2004 Webcast

Hello, from Fiji! James and I are having a great time here at the Digital Shootout 2004 in Taveuni. It's been a lot of fun to spend time with the participants and the Backscatter, Light & Motion, and Optiquatics guys. I'm in the process of uploading a web report of the first three days of the Digital Shootout. The modem is slow; expect the upload to be completed in an hour or two!

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Digital Shootout Fiji Webcast 2004

Eric Cheng and James Wiseman report from Taveuni, Fiji, where they are participating as staff in this year's Digital Shootout in Fiji. The Digital Shootout is a learning event sponsored by Backscatter, Light & Motion, and Optiquatics. This year's lecturers include Backscatter's Berkley White, professional marine photographer Jim Watt, Adobe evangelists Julieanne Kost and Daniel Brown, Richard Todd of Todd Productions, and Wetpixel's Eric Cheng.

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Fiji Digital Shootout

Eric Cheng and James Wiseman will be out of town for the Fiji Digital Shootout 2004 from May 6-20, but Craig Jones will be manning all things Wetpixel in the meantime.

Keep your eyes peeled for an announcement here. Internet connection permitting, Eric will be posting periodic updates from the field.

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Free issue of Dive Chronicles Photo

Free issue of Dive Chronicles

Dive Chronicles has offered a complimentary issue to all Wetpixel members! If you are logged in to Wetpixel, you will see a "Promotions - Free Stuff" link in the left-hand menu area. Click on the link for more information. If you are not yet a member, we'd love to have you!

Dive Chronicles is a small, book-sized magazine covering dives from around the world, technical diving updates, and adventures (including some targeted at non-divers). Each issue comes with an interactive CD-ROM with over 100 minutes of video and a copy of the magazine itself in PDF format.

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ULCS Battery Tester Announced Photo

ULCS Battery Tester Announced

Wetpixel sponsor Ultralight Control Systems has announced a new product that tests your batteries under a load as if they were in the strobe or camera:

Most of you have a volt meter (multi-meter) that you test your batteries with if you test your batteries. That meter tells you a voltage; but is that enough to run your strobe or camera? ...

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Asian Dive Expo Report by Jason Heller Photo

Asian Dive Expo Report by Jason Heller

We are pleased to present a feature by guest contributor Jason Heller covering this year's Asian Dive Expo in Singapore.  In Jason's words:

"This year marks the 10th anniversary of the Asian Dive Expo, otherwise known as ADEX . The Asian diving community came to Singapore in droves and is alive and well after fighting the negative perceptions of SARS, terrorism and chicken flu."

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SRI Galapagos study (and request for donations) Photo

SRI Galapagos study (and request for donations)

A letter from Dr. Alex Antoniou, Director of Field Operations for the Shark Research Institute:

"As some of you know, we have been conducting a fund raising drive to be able to begin a residency study on the sharks of the Galapagos. This is essential research to help the Galapagos National Park with their protection and management of the Galapagos Marine Preserve. Our goal was to raise $5,000 to be able to purchase 10 radio tags and 2 receivers. Let me explain a little about how these work. The receivers are anchored to the sea floor where we know the sharks would swim by. The sharks are then tagged...

"The fishermen in the Galapagos are continuing to pressure the Ecuadorian Gov. to allow them to long line within the Marine Preserve. You may have read the lead article in out last newsletter: Here is what it reported:

"On February 19, 2004, 50 fishermen from Santa Cruz and Isabela islands committed an act of terrorism. The local media called it a “strike” for “freedom” when the fishermen took 33 scientists hostage, seized the headquarters of the Galápagos National Park and the Darwin Research Station, and threatened to kill the giant tortoises there (including Lonesome George, the sole surviving member of his species). The “freedom” the fishermen seek is abolishment of regulations designed to protect marine species, including removal of the park’s patrol boats, freedom to set longlines in the Marine Reserve and sell shark ‘by-catch’..."

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