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Fantasea introduces new UW lighting range

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Fantasea has introduced a selection of new products designed to enhance lighting of underwater images and videos, including LED Strobe Triggers, Fiber Optic Cables and a powerful video light.

Radiant 3000F Video Light
Cat. No. 6052

The Radiant 3000F Video Light is a durable and powerful video light, designed to significantly enhance color and light in underwater videos and still images. It offers a variety of advanced features for creative photographers.

Featuring an ergonomic design and a built-in YS connector, the Radiant 3000F Video Light can be comfortably integrated into any underwater photo system, such as with action cams, amphibious cameras, compact digital housings and more.

The Radiant 3000F offers a variety of operation modes, which make the light suitable to light a wide range of classic and creative compositions. Operation modes include flood light (100 degrees), spot light (15 degrees), red light, Ultra Violet (UV) & Blue light and two flashing modes (constant and SOS) that can serve for signaling / SOS purposes.

The Radiant 3000F makes use of 3 powerful LEDs for red light, 4 LEDs for UV & blue light, one X-PL LED for spot light and a new Cob (chip-on-board) LED array for flood light, which provides an impressively bright, wide and even beam. Color temperature of the beam is warm and assists with producing vivid and colorful videos and still images without having to use any color correction filters.

A battery power indicator light enables easy monitoring of the battery power. In the flashing modes the light can provide up to 8 hours of burn time (assuming the batteries are fully charged).

A user-friendly interface, based on two easily accessible buttons, allows for easy operation of the light. The Mode button allows switching between the various modes of light. The Intensity button allows adjusting power output in most light modes according to various compositions and diving conditions, as well as for extending the burn time of the light (the batteries will provide power for a considerably longer time when the light is set at lower intensity settings). Finally, a “memory” function will return the light to the same setting as previously used before the light was last turned off.

Depth rated to 100 meters/330 feet, the Radiant 3000F Video Light fulfills the needs of both recreational and technical divers.

Specifications

  • Depth ratio: 100 meters / 330 feet
  • Maximum output: Flood- 3000 lumens, Spot- 1000 lumens
  • Beam angle: 100 degrees (Flood, Red, UV & Blue and Flashing) / 15 degrees (Spot)
  • Material: Aluminum head, Polycarbonate body
  • Mount: YS Connector (interchangeable)
  • Battery: 2 x 18650 Li-ion batteries
  • Burn time: Flood – 50* minutes at 100% power, Spot: 100* minutes at 100% power
    * in optimal conditions
  • LED Lifespan: 35,000 hours
  • Color temperature: 5,000K
  • CRI: 90
  • Operation modes:
    Flood – 100% / 50% / 25% power
    Spot – 100% / 50% / 25% power
    Red – 100% / 40%
    UV & Blue
    Flashing
    SOS
  • Battery power indicator:
    Green (100%-60% power)
    Yellow (59%-30% power)
    Red (29%-15% power)
    Flashing Red (14%-1% power)
  • Dimensions: 56 x 122.5 mm / 2.2 x 4.82 inch (diameter x length)
  • Weight: 253g (without batteries)
  • Included in package: Instruction manual, protective bag, secure string, 4 x 18650 batteries, battery charger, 2 x replacement O-rings, Connector Ball to YS Mount, silicone grease and microfiber cloth

FA-1 LED Strobe Trigger
Cat. No. 6551

The FA-1 LED Strobe Trigger triggers underwater strobes and flashes to fire in sync with the camera using fiber optic cables.

Using the LED Strobe Trigger eliminates the need for the camera built-in flash to fire, thereby extending camera battery life and allowing for longer shooting sessions. Eliminating the camera built-in flash also keeps the camera from heating up, resulting with less condensation in humid conditions. The LED Strobe Trigger’s super quick recycle time allows for rapid shooting and triggering of the strobes without having to wait for the camera built-in flash to charge.

The FA-1 LED Strobe Trigger can be connected to any camera featuring a hot-shoe connection. It can be installed inside any camera housing offering sufficient space, anywhere inside the housing, for the main unit to be placed.

The FA-1 LED Strobe Trigger is capable of triggering most underwater strobes available in the market. Note that when using the LED Strobe Trigger, strobe output is controlled manually only.

Specifications

  • LED type: Ultra bright white LED
  • LED ports: 2
  • Voltage: 3.7 V
  • Power consumption: 5 milliwatt
  • Battery: 110mAh Lithium Polymer battery
  • Charging time: 1.5 hours
  • Flash capacity: 10,000 (when fully charged)
  •  Battery life: Up to 72 hours (when fully charged)
  • Auto power-off time: 3 hours
  • Dimensions: 40.5 x 45 x 13 mm / 1.6 x 1.77 x 0.51 inch
  • Weight: 16.8 g / 0.51 oz
  • Included in package: LED Strobe Trigger main unit, LED cable, Hot-shoe cable, Spongy LED trigger ports, Velcro sticker, Rubber band and USB cable

Product Demo Video



FA-2 LED Strobe Trigger
Cat. No. 6552

The FA-2 LED Strobe Trigger triggers underwater strobes and flashes to fire in sync with the camera using fiber optic cables.

Using the LED Strobe Trigger eliminates the need for the camera built-in flash to fire, thereby extending camera battery life and allowing for longer shooting sessions. Eliminating the camera built-in flash also keeps the camera from heating up, resulting with less condensation in humid conditions. The LED Strobe Trigger’s super quick recycle time allows for rapid shooting and triggering of the strobes without having to wait for the camera built-in flash to charge.

The FA-2 LED Strobe Trigger can be connected to any camera featuring a hot-shoe connection. It was designed to be installed inside Fantasea housings, but can also be installed inside other housings featuring sufficient space above the camera hot-shoe.

The FA-2 LED Strobe Trigger is capable of triggering most underwater strobes available in the market. Note that when using the LED Strobe Trigger, strobe output is controlled manually only.

Specifications

  • LED type: Ultra bright white LED
  • LED ports: 2
  • Voltage: 3.7 V
  • Power consumption: 5 milliwatt
  • Battery: 110mAh Lithium Polymer battery
  • Charging time: 1.5 hours
  • Flash capacity: 10,000 (when fully charged)
  •  Battery life: Up to 72 hours (when fully charged)
  • Auto power-off time: 3 hours
  • Dimensions: 40.5 x 45 x 20.5 mm / 1.6 x 1.77 x 0.8 inch
  • Weight: 16.8 g / 0.59 oz
  • Included in package: LED Strobe Trigger main unit, LED cable, Spongy LED trigger ports, rubber band and USB cable

See Product Demo Video Above


Fiber Optic Cable A1
Cat. No. 6301

The Fiber Optic Cable A1 connects between the camera housing and a single slave strobe, thus allowing triggering the strobe in sync with the camera. The Fiber Optic Cable A1 is 45.3 cm / 17.8 inch long.

Using the plugs included, one end of the cable attaches to the fiber optic cable port on the camera housing, right against the camera built-in flash or LED Strobe Trigger (if using one), and the other end attaches to the strobe slave sensor. The light emitted by the camera built-in flash or LED Strobe Trigger is transmitted through the fiber optic cable to the strobe slave sensor, thus triggering it to fire in sync with the camera.

The Fiber Optic Cable A1 features a plug on its end which is compatible with Fantasea housings and other housings featuring a similar design of fiber optic cable ports. This plug is also compatible with many popular strobes. In a case of connecting the fiber optic cable to a housing or strobe featuring a different fiber optic cable port design, a compatible adaptor (separately acquired) can be mounted on or instead of the existing plug.


Fiber Optic Cable B2
Cat. No. 6302

The Fiber Optic Cable B2 is a dual fiber optic cable which connects between the camera housing and two slave strobes, thus allowing triggering the strobes in sync with the camera. The Fiber Optic Cable B2 features cables which are 45.3 cm / 17.8 inch long.

Using the plugs included, one end of the dual cable attaches to the fiber optic cable port on the camera housing, right against the camera built-in flash or LED Strobe Trigger (if using one), and the other two ends attach to the strobes slave sensors. The light emitted by the camera built-in flash or LED Strobe Trigger is transmitted through the fiber optic cables to the strobes slave sensors, thus triggering them to fire in sync with the camera.

The Fiber Optic Cable B2 features a plug on each of its ends which is compatible with Fantasea housings and other housings featuring a similar design of fiber optic cable ports. This plug is also compatible with many popular strobes. In a case of connecting the fiber optic cable to a housing or strobe featuring a different fiber optic cable port design, a compatible adaptor (separately acquired) can be mounted on or instead of the existing plug.


Further information can be found shortly on www.fantasea.com.

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Marine Life & Conservation

Ghost Fishing UK land the prize catch at the Fishing News Awards

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The charity Ghost Fishing UK was stunned to win the Sustainability Award.

The winners were selected by a panel of industry judges and the award recognises innovation and achievement in improving sustainability and environmental responsibility within the UK or Irish fishing industries in 2021.

Nominees must have demonstrated a unique and innovative response to an environmental sustainability issue within the UK or Irish industry, demonstrating that the project has gone above and beyond standard practice, and provided evidence of its impact. The judges look particularly for projects that have influenced a significant change in behaviour and/or that have inspired broader awareness and/or engagement.

Ghost Fishing UK originated in 2015, training voluntary scuba divers to survey and recover lost fishing gear, with the aim to either return it to the fishing industry or recycle it. The charity is run entirely by volunteers and has gone from strength to strength, only last year winning the Best Plastic Campaign at the Plastic Free Awards.

Now, the charity has also been recognised at seemingly the opposite end of the spectrum. This is a unique achievement as trustee Christine Grosart explains;

We have always held the belief that working with the fishing industry is far more productive than being against it, in terms of achieving our goals to reduce and remove lost fishing gear.

The positive response to our fisheries reporting system that we received from both the fishing industry and the marine environment sector, was evidence that working together delivers results.

The feedback we got from the awards evening and the two-day Scottish Skipper Expo where we had an exhibit the following day, was that the fishing industry despises lost fishing gear as much as we do and the fishers here are very rarely at fault. It is costly to them to lose gear and they will make every effort to get it back, but sometimes they can’t. That is where we come in, to try to help. Everyone wins, most of all the environment. You can’t ask for much more.”

Following the awards, Ghost Fishing UK held an exhibit at the Scottish Skipper expo at the new P&J Live exhibition centre in Aberdeen.

This gave us a fantastic opportunity to meet so many people in the fishing industry, all of whom were highly supportive of our work and wanted to help us in any way they could. This has opened so many opportunities for the charity and our wish list which has been on the slow burner for the last 7 years, was exceeded in just 3 days. We came away from the events exhausted, elated, humbled, grateful and most of all, excited.”

Trustee and Operations Officer, Fred Nunn, is in charge of the diving logistics such as arranging boats and organising the divers, who the charity trains in house, to give up their free time to volunteer.

He drove from Cornwall to attend the awards and the exhibition: “What a crazy and amazing few days up in Scotland! It was awesome to meet such a variety of different people throughout the industry, who are all looking at different ways of improving the sustainability and reduction of the environmental impact of the fishing industry.

It was exciting to have so many people from the fishing industry approaching us to find out more about what we do, but also what they could offer. Fishermen came to us with reports and offers of help, using their vessels and other exhibitors tried to find ways that their product or service could assist in our mission.”

  • Ghost Fishing UK uses hard boat charters from Cornwall to Scotland for the diving projects, paying it forward to the diving community.
  • The charity relies on reports of lost fishing gear from the diving and fishing community and to date has received well over 200 reports, culminating on over 150 survey and ghost gear recovery dives, amounting to over 1000 individual dives and diver hours by the volunteer team members.
  • You can find more information at ghostfishing.co.uk
  • If you are a fisher who knows of any lost fishing gear, you can report it to the charity here: ghostfishing.co.uk/fishermans-reporting
  • The charity is heading to Shetland for a week-long project in the summer of 2023. If you would like to support this project, please contact them at: info@ghostfishing.co.uk

Chair of Ghost Fishing UK and professional technical diving instructor Dr Richard Walker was immensely proud of the team’s achievements;

I’ve been a scuba diver since 1991 and have met thousands of divers in that time. I’d be hard pushed to think of one of them that wasn’t concerned about conservation of our marine environment. To be recognised by the fishing industry for our efforts in sustainability is a huge honour for us, and has encouraged our team to work even harder to find, survey and remove lost fishing gear from the seas. The fact that the fishing industry recognises our efforts, and appreciates our stance as a group that wants to work alongside them is one of the highlights of our charity’s history, and we look forward to building the relationship further.

To find out more about Ghost Fishing UK visit their website here.


All images: Ghost Fishing UK

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Komodo National Park found to be Manta Hotspot

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Through a collaborative effort between citizen divers, scientists from the Marine Megafauna Foundation (MMF), and Murdoch University, a new study reports a large number of manta rays in the waters of Komodo National Park, Indonesian, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, suggesting the area may hold the key to regional recovery of the threatened species.

Reef mantas (Mobula alfredi), which grow up to 5m, tend to reside and feed in shallow, coastal habitats. They also visit ‘cleaning stations’ on coral reefs to have parasites, or dead skin picked off by small fish. Courtship ‘trains’ are also observed adjacent to cleaning stations. In Komodo National Park, manta rays are present year-round, challenging the famous Komodo dragon as the most sought-after megafauna for visitors.

Scientists teamed up with the dive operator community to source identification photographs of manta rays visiting the parks’ waters and submit them to MantaMatcher.org – a crowdsourced online database for mantas and other rays. Most of the photographs came from just four locations from over 20 commonly visited by tourism boats.

I was amazed by how receptive the local dive community was in helping collect much-needed data on these threatened animals,” said lead author Dr. Elitza Germanov. “With their support, we were able to identify over 1,000 individual manta rays from over 4,000 photographs.

People love manta rays—they are one of the most iconic animals in our oceans. The rise of the number of people engaging in SCUBA diving, snorkeling, and the advent of affordable underwater cameras meant that photos and videos taken by the public during their holidays could be used to quickly and affordably scale data collection,” said MMF co-founder and study co-author Dr. Andrea Marshall.

The photographs’ accompanying time and location data is used to construct sighting histories of individual manta rays, which can then be analyzed with statistical movement models. These models predict the likelihood that manta rays are inhabiting or traveling in between specific sites. The study’s results showed that some manta rays moved around the park and others as far as the Nusa Penida MPA (>450 km to the west), but overall, manta rays showed individual preferences for specific sites within the Park.

I found it very interesting how some manta rays appear to prefer spending their time in some sites more than others, even when sites are 5 km apart, which are short distances for manta rays,” said Dr. Elitza Germanov. “This means that manta rays which prefer sites where fishing activities continue to occur or that are more popular with tourism will endure greater impacts.”

Fishing activities have been prohibited in many coastal areas within Komodo NP since 1984, offering some protection to manta rays prior to the 2014 nationwide protection. However, due to illegal fishing activity and manta ray movements into heavily fished waters, manta rays continue to face a number of threats from fisheries. About 5% of Komodo’s manta rays have permanent injuries that are likely the result of encounters with fishing gear.

The popularity of tourism to these sites grew by 34% during the course of the study. An increase in human activity can negatively impact manta rays and their habitats. In 2019, the Komodo National Park Authority introduced limits on the number of boats and people that visit one of the most famous manta sites.

This study shows that the places where tourists commonly observe manta rays are important for the animals to feed, clean, and mate. This means that the Komodo National Park should create measures to limit the disturbance at these sites,” said Mr. Ande Kefi, an employee of the Komodo National Park involved with this study. “I hope that this study will encourage tourism operators to understand the need for the regulations already imposed and increase compliance.”

Despite Indonesia’s history with intensive manta ray fisheries, Komodo National Park still retains large manta ray aggregations that with careful ongoing management and threat reduction will benefit regional manta ray populations. The study highlights that marine protected areas that are large enough to host important manta ray habitats are a beneficial tool for manta ray conservation.

For more information about MMF visit their website here.

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