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February 12, 2008 - Marine Photobank Bulletin Vol. 4, No. 1 - Feb. 2008

February 12, 2008 - Marine Photobank Bulletin Vol. 4, No. 1 - Feb. 2008 (^top)

February 2008, Vol. 4, No. 1

In this issue:


Photo Story: Devastation from Oil Spills
On the morning of November 7, 2007, California’s San Francisco Bay became the unfortunate dumping ground for 58,000 gallons of oil, gushing from the hull of a cargo ship that ran into the Bay Bridge. Oil slicks and greasy balls were found along 64 miles of shoreline. Hundreds of seabirds were rescued or found dead. Four days later, a fierce storm sunk several freighters in the Kerch Strait between the Black Sea and Azov Sea depositing a half million gallons of fuel oil into the waters near Russia and Ukraine killling thousands of dead birds and countless other marine fish and wildlife.  View Photo Story>

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Welcome Devin Harvey:  New Image Research Intern
We are very pleased to welcome Devin Harvey, our newest member of the Marine Photobank.  As our Image Research Intern, Devin has begun spearheading projects to grow our photographer network and increase our image collection.  Already having played an essential role in the production of the Marine Photobank’s first CD combining photos with ocean research citations, Devin looks forward to further working with our photographer network and other members.  He has also taken a keen interest in bringing photographers and others interested in ocean conservation together through social networks such as Flickr, Facebook and Google Earth.  He will have more to share on this in the coming months.
Devin brings a wealth of experience in filmmaking having received his bachelor’s degree in film and television studies from the University of Southern California, which included a semester at the world-renowned Film and TV School of the Academy of Performing Arts in Prague.  Studying cinema soon sparked his passion for photography which he pursued inside and outside of his California classrooms.  A native of Minnesota, he fell in love with the Pacific Coast and spent nearly every weekend camping along the coast or taking sailing lessons.  He eventually was recruited to volunteer on a sailboat that brought inner-city youth on ocean excursions. His motivation to devote his career to ocean conservation was crystallized when he was on the water one day and looked back at the thick smog covering Los Angeles.  After reflecting on the juxtaposition of the ocean's beauty with a massive city on its heals, he decided to devote his talents to protecting and restoring the marine environment from human-caused impacts.  Now an avid diver and photographer, he is developing his talents in ocean conservation photography and filmmaking in the Washington, D.C. area.  Welcome Devin!


Recent Photos Added to our Collection

Fiona Ayerst: An in-depth look at the shark fishing industry.  Sharks are prized for their fins, jawbones and skin; the rest is treated largely as waste. F. Ayerst’s Photos>

Chuck Savall: Savall’s images capture the true beauty of our oceanic ecosystems particularly coral reefs and the life they support.  His lyrical photography dances with life and inspires action to protect such a magnificent, yet threatened underwater world. C. Savall's Photos>

Kieran Kelleher: A new collection of images from Kelleher highlight local fisheries in India, Myanmar, Panama and Senegal, as well as aerial photos of illegal fishing activities. K. Kelleher’s Photos>

Russian Door: A rare but telling glimpse at the incredible devastation of a massive oil spill in the Kerch Strait between Russia and Ukraine that will wreak havoc on the ecosystem there for years to come. Russian Doors’ Photos>

Sarah Lardizabal: These images focus on the importance of mangrove forests and the threats to their survival due to human activities.
S. Lardizabal's Photos>

Devin Harvey: Highlights of the trash build-up in the tributaries that flow into the Potomac River, the Chesapeake Bay and eventually the Atlantic Ocean. D. Harvey’s Photos>

Jan Hasselberg:
A look at indigenous fishing practices, specifically in Papua New Guinea, and the small-scale markets in which the catch are sold. J. Hasselberg’s Photos>

Kathryn Townsend –
A look into the growth and impacts of Washington State's geoduck farming industry in Puget Sound. K. Townsend’s Photos>

Mike McCoy: Images of Taiwanese and Chinese long-line fishing vessels' illegal fishing activities. M. McCoy's Photos>


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Marine Photobank Statistics
Most Downloaded Photos:
Trawling Impacts Satellite Image6
Sewage Outfall in Delray
3. Shrimp and Bycatch
4. Blast Fishing in Pacific
5. Coral Bleach Time Series
6. Finned Shark in Pacific
7. Sea Lion w/ Gillnet on Neck

Most Popular Galleries:
1. Marine Pollution and Trash
2. Fishing Methods
3. Marine Species of Concern


SeaWeb's Marine Photobank CD
We recently completed our first CD that highlights our growing collection of ocean conservation imagery.  The CD contains low-resolution formats of more than 125 images paired with key scientific citations from SeaWeb’s Ocean Citations.  Media representatives can request a copy by sending us an e-mail with "Marine Photobank CD" in the subject line.  Please provide your full name, title, media affiliation and mailing address.

The Marine Photobank would like to thank the team from Hellman Production for helping us produce the CD.  The CD jacket is made from 85 percent post-consumer paper and is printed with soy-based ink!


Ocean Conservation Imagery Group on Flickr.com
The Marine Photobank is excited to announce that we have created an Ocean Conservation Photography Group on the photo-sharing Web site Flickr.com.  This has been a great venue to engage and recruit photographers in the pressing issues related to conserving our ocean.  Visit www.flickr.com to create your own profile and start sharing your photography with the world.  Don't forget to join our group!


Photo Contest: International Year of the Reef Belize
In Celebration of the International Year of the Reef (IYOR), the Healthy Reefs for Healthy People Initiative and the Belize IYOR Organizing Committee is hosting a Marine Photography Exhibition and Contest.  The winner of each theme (see below) will receive a Bz$200 cash prize and the overall show winner will receive a Bz$500 prize.  Deadline for submissions is 12:00 noon on March 10, 2008.  Email mcfield@healthyreefs.org for inquiries.

Theme categories are:
•    Healthy Reefs
•    Human-reef interdependence and culture
•    Reef Threats and Unhealthy Reefs
•    Reef Creatures
•    Artistic

Download complete contest details>


Parting Shot: Swimmers' Safety at the Expense of Wildlife

Bull sharks are known to be unpredictable and often aggressive.  Therefore, nets were installed around popular swimming areas in Kwazulu Natal, South Africa, to protect the swimmers. In this photo, employees of the Natal Sharks Board, an organization paid to maintain the nets, remove a dead shark entangled in the net. Many other marine animals become entangled and die in the nets every year, including dolphins and sea turtles.  (Photograph by Fiona Ayerst/Marine Photobank)

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