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Wetpixel Live: Ethical Guidelines for Underwater Photographers Photo

Wetpixel Live: Ethical Guidelines for Underwater Photographers

Underwater photography can be a powerful advocate for the oceans, allowing a large audience to view the undersea world and hence seek to protect it. There is also a responsibility to faithfully represent what we see underwater and to do no harm in creating images of it. Wetpixel Live delves into this, with Wetpixel Editor, Adam Hanlon and regular contributor Alex Mustard discussing some practical steps that photographers can take to minimize their impact and create images in an ethical manner.

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Tagged:alex mustard, environment, wetpixel live
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Full Schedule: UN World Oceans Day 2020 Photo

Full Schedule: UN World Oceans Day 2020

Come and join the United Nations on 8 June for a full day of online discussion, imagery, and motivation aiming to “raise global awareness of the benefits humankind derives from the ocean and our individual and collective duty to use its resources sustainably.” AT 12:40 pm, Ellen Cuylaerts will announce the results of the 2020 UN World Oceans Day Photo Competition, and the event will culminate with a live celebration of the oceans by musicians from around the world.

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Tagged:environment, news, world oceans day
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Canon USA supports Coral Restoration Project Photo

Canon USA supports Coral Restoration Project

Canon USA has announced that it is participating in the University of Miami’s Rosenstiel School of Marine and Atmospheric Science coral reef restoration project. Canon team members, along with students and university staff embarked on an expedition to plant coral fragments from a nursery into an existing reef of Key Biscayne, Florida.

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Jean-Michel Cousteau softens opposition to Caymans cruise port development Photo

Jean-Michel Cousteau softens opposition to Caymans cruise port development

Jean-Michel Cousteau, son of the famous underwater explorer and filmmaker Jacques Yves Cousteau, has performed an apparent volte-face and significantly toned down his previously strenuous opposition to a contentious plan to expand Grand Caymans’ George Town Harbor. It is also reported the Cousteau has accepted a role with one of the companies that are funding the planned development.

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Tagged:cayman islands, environment, news
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Shark fin ban Bill passes through House Photo

Shark fin ban Bill passes through House

The Sharks Fin Sales Elimination Act of 2019 (H.R.737) has passed the US House of Representatives by a vote of 310 vs 107. The bill “makes it illegal to possess, buy, or sell shark fins or any product containing shark fins, except for certain dogfish fins. A person may possess a shark fin that was lawfully taken consistent with a license or permit under certain circumstances.

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Canada bans shark fin trade Photo

Canada bans shark fin trade

The BBC reports that Canada is the first G20 country to ban the trade in shark fin. Until the ban, the country was the largest importer of fins outside of Asia, but the new bill “bans the import and export, to and from Canada, of shark fins that are not attached to the shark.”

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Tagged:environment, news, shark fin soup, agony in a bowl
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Florida Shark Fin ban needs support Photo

Florida Shark Fin ban needs support

Legislation has now been tabled in the Florida State Legislature that will end the trade in the fins of sharks or rays. If passed, the ban will include both the fins of animals caught within the state’s waters and fins imported via its ports. Bills have been filed in the Senate (352) and House (99) but they need public support to move forward and be voted into law.

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Paper documents manta mating behavior Photo

Paper documents manta mating behavior

A paper has been published in the journal Fish Biology detailing a 14-year study into the mating and courtship behavior of oceanic (Manta birostris) and reef (Mobula alfredi) manta rays. The study used behavioral observations, video and photographic records to catalog 229 courtship events in the Maldives.

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Spot A Shark USA Photo

Spot A Shark USA

Underwater image maker Tanya Houppermans has shared an article about a new citizen science project that aims to use images of sharks to assists scientists to study sand tiger sharks (Carcharias taurus). The site allows photographers to load images and then they can be tracked via subsequent images of the animal.

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Tagged:environment, sharks, tanya houppermans
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Maarten de Brauwer: Time to stop mucking around? Photo

Maarten de Brauwer: Time to stop mucking around?

Scientist and researcher Maarten de Brauwer is studying the impact that divers and photographers have on the marine environment. His most recent paper Time to stop mucking around? Impacts of underwater photography on cryptobenthic fauna found in soft sediment habitats was published in the Journal of Environmental Management earlier this year. In this article, he kindly provides a synopsis of his research and some guidelines about ways in which underwater image makers can help avoid inadvertent environmental damage.

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