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Controversy swirls around aquarium collecting fish from Blue Heron Bridge Photo

Controversy swirls around aquarium collecting fish from Blue Heron Bridge

The Blue Heron Bridge dive site in South Florida is a well loved dive site for divers and underwater photographers alike due to its numerous species and shallow depths. However, it is also a constant target of hobbyist and professional tropical fish collectors - sometimes illegally, but often legally. The issue bubbled to the surface this weekend when a Galveston, Texas-based aquarium, Moody Gardens, employed three professional tropical fish collectors to remove dozens of species from the famous dive site.

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Isotta ships housing for GoPro HERO7 Photo

Isotta ships housing for GoPro HERO7

Italian housing manufacturer, Isotta is shipping their 200 meters rated aluminum housing for the GoPro HERO7 action camera. Designed with the same port size and shape as the GoPro housing, the housing has a rear sunscreen and M6 and 1/4W threaded accessory attachment holes.

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Microplastics found in river prove they are not just an ocean problem Photo

Microplastics found in river prove they are not just an ocean problem

During a unique expedition project, German professor Andreas Fath collected water samples throughout the length of the 652-mile long Tennessee River. What he found was alarming - sections of the river contained 12,000 - 18,000 plastic particles per cubic meter. In contrast, samples he had taken in Germany’s Rhine River contained only 200 plastic particles per cubic meter. Long thought to be a problem relating to ocean pollution, micro plastics have invaded intercoastal waterways as well.

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People are opting for their remains to be used in building artificial reefs Photo

People are opting for their remains to be used in building artificial reefs

People are opting for their final wish to be their remains are included in an artificial reef. The Neptune Memorial Reef is an artificial reef located 3.25 miles off Key Biscayne in the Florida Keys. The 16-acre memorial reef is situated in 45-fee of water and features the remains of people wishing a more environmentally friendly and ocean centric burial.

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Live Reports: Wetpixel/Mustard Macro Workshop 2018 Photo

Live Reports: Wetpixel/Mustard Macro Workshop 2018

Wetpixel is hosting two macro workshops at Lembeh Resort, Indonesia during October. They are being run by well-known underwater photographer Alex Mustard and Wetpixel Editor, Adam Hanlon. There is a full program of lectures, dives and image review sessions, which will be keeping staff and participants busy! We will be posting “live reports” from the workshops here on Wetpixel, so please check back regularly to see what we have been up to!

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Episode 9 of Timor Leste From Below has been released Photo

Episode 9 of Timor Leste From Below has been released

Episode 9 of the web series Timor-Leste From Below has been released. This week’s episode features saltwater crocodiles and an expedition to Oé-Cusse. “Crocodile Caller… an expedition to Oé-Cusse in Timor-Leste. An integral part of Timorese folklore, saltwater crocodiles inhabit the island of Timor-Leste in their thousands. Some indigenous elders on the island still revere and communicate with these aquatic beasts, they are known as the croc callers.

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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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