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New Approach for MPA’s

With the lists of “threatened” and “endangered” coral species being increased every year, this paper sheds light onto a presumptuous problem guiding reef research. Researchers from the ARC Centre of Excellence for Coral Reef Studies want to take a proactive approach towards maintaining reef ecosystems, and steer away from the perceived threat of extinction, currently defined by a small geographic range and small numbers of a given species. But without truly knowing how many exist, and on what reef, the “extinction threat” approach has been antiquated by this paper.  “Extinction is the final endpoint, but coral reefs are in deep trouble long before we get to that point. We need to take action much earlier, the goal should be to maintain reefs that can support corals, fish and humans.” says Professor David Bellwood from the ARC Centre of Excellence for Coral Reef Studies (Coral CoE) at James Cook University. 141117111738 large New Approach for MPAs“Our findings call into question the growing practice of assessing extinction risk of coral reef species without knowing how many of them are out there,” says Professor Hughes. This is the first study to systematically count corals and reef fishes at a geographic scale.” says professor Terry Hughes of Coral CoE. With the ever-present fear of coral species being labeled as endangered or threatened, professor Bellwood concludes: “This paper calls for caution when identifying species at risk of extinction on coral reefs. It highlights the potential weaknesses in current approaches and offers an alternative approach where species are valued for the services they provide for both reefs and humans.” Read more here

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Unique Frag Transport System from BAO Makes Traveling with Corals Super Easy

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Here is a nifty portable frag rack that should make trips to the local frag swaps a whole lot more convenient. Building An Obsession, an acrylic fabricator that has lots of sweet goodies, showed this off a little while back, and it is completely awesome in a number of ways. For one, this frag frack stacks numerous shelves on top of each other, but keeps them separated thanks to the holding post design. The trays can be set at varying distances, allowing for space for taller frags or for numerous trays to be stored closer together. The design of the post also locks the trays in place, preventing them from falling on top of the corals on the shelves below. MORE: Unique Frag Transport System from BAO Makes Traveling with Corals Super Easy

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Can You Say Blue

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Many years ago I saw a tiny fragment of a blue Acropora and knew I was hooked.  After looking at every image of our natural coral reefs I could find, I started to realize how rare this genetic strain was.  I began to search for a seed fragment to grow and bought many before finally landing on one that was truly blue in coloration.  The many others were not and ranged from green to brown.  The creative photo editing of the sellers made the corals appear blue.  After seeing the specimens with my own eyes I realized they were not.  The blue pigments of the coral in the image above were visible to the naked eye even under natural light and did not require actinic lighting to display this.  I knew this was the coral that I had been searching for and placed it in a good location where it would receive the proper amount of lighting and strong random flow.  The coral grew very slow for the first couple years with other faster growing corals doing there best to take its space.  I assume the reason why you do not see these blue Acroporas very often in the wild.  I trimmed the faster growing corals back and away from it and donated the space and time it required to mature.  As the years passed the coral became very blue and started to grow at a faster rate.  The goal of owning a mature colony of a true blue Acropora was finally realized.  Although initially I did not know it would take as long as it did to mature.  Probably a good thing given I would have been discouraged to undertake the long road and make this happen.

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Reef Threads Podcast #207

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Gary (right) joins two BRS members to enjoy the delicious fish goo.

  We’re excited to bring you yet another Reef Threads podcast. This week’s subjects are our “Where Do You Listen” contest, the St. Jude/Reef Savvy reef system raffle, Boston Reef Society, Gary eating fish goo, Petco buying Drs. Foster and Smith, and beginner tips. Download the podcast here, or subscribe to our podcasts at iTunes. Also, follow us on Twitter at reefthreads.—Gary and Christine More: Reef Threads Podcast #207

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You Can Help Discourage the Sale of Hard-to-Keep Marine Species

discourage hard to keep You Can Help Discourage the Sale of Hard to Keep Marine SpeciesThe Moorish Idol (Zanclus cornutus) is notoriously hard to feed and has a high mortality rate in home aquariaRegular Saltwater Smarts readers might wonder why we often post profiles of fish or invertebrates that are very difficult if not impossible to keep in home aquariums. After all, if we want to discourage you from buying these animals, why on earth do we go to all the trouble of describing them? Well, the answer is simple: because you’re going to encounter them for sale on the marine aquarium market anyway. One of our biggest frustrations as long-time hobbyists is the fact that, for whatever reason, many dealers out there continue to trade in species that have no business in hobbyists’ tanks. It’s wise to be armed with information about these animals so you’re in a better position to make responsible purchases. If you want to help discourage the sale of off-limits livestock, here are some simple steps you can take: Educate yourself In order to recognize animals that don’t belong in the aquarium trade, it helps to do some research on the various species you’re apt to come across when shopping at your LFS or online. That way, you’ll know what to buy and what to avoid so you don’t unwittingly support unsustainable practices with your dollars. The various species profiles posted here at Saltwater Smarts (which are increasing all the time) are a good research starting point. More: You Can Help Discourage the Sale of Hard-to-Keep Marine Species

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Live Footage of Elusive Anglerfish

 The Monterey Bay Aquarium Research Institute has captured video of a deep-sea Anglerfish, which is believed to be the first live footage recorded to date. The video was captured 2000 ft below the sea, using the institute’s remote operated vehicle. Anglerfish, who live deep in the dark and cold sea, are rarely observed up close. Although totally scary looking, the fish is actually less than 4 inches long. You can clearly see the luminescent tip at the end of what is commonly referred to the Anglerfish’s ‘fishing pole’, which is used to lure prey. Pretty useful feature. A great video to learn more about this deep-sea wonder. MORE

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Invaluable Life Advice From Tracy Jordan. You’re Welcome.

enhanced 6787 1416283608 1 300x182 Invaluable Life Advice From Tracy Jordan. Youre Welcome. This post is for all of you people out there who won’t shut up about scuba diving. Happened upon this beautiful piece from Buzzfeed today, and given the seriously stupendous bum steer we have going on here, I was compelled to share. Not all of it is poppycock, however, as I truly believe we should live every week like it’s Shark Week (and drink all the Shark Week themed cocktails, at that). Enjoy these other nuggets of information and have a nice belly-laugh. Apologies as not all of them are fish/reef/ocean related, but seriously, back that ass up and make me a sandwich! And what exactly DOES go on in those Japanese game shows? On another note, I hope Mr. Morgan is recovering well after his unfortunate accident earlier this year. I also hope is octopus is still going along, being his awesome octopussy-self. enhanced 1526 1416282623 2 150x150 Invaluable Life Advice From Tracy Jordan. Youre Welcome. enhanced 17128 1416283098 16 150x150 Invaluable Life Advice From Tracy Jordan. Youre Welcome. enhanced 26375 1415901494 11 150x150 Invaluable Life Advice From Tracy Jordan. Youre Welcome. enhanced 31393 1416115996 4 150x150 Invaluable Life Advice From Tracy Jordan. Youre Welcome. enhanced 5550 1416113352 5 150x150 Invaluable Life Advice From Tracy Jordan. Youre Welcome.

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‘It’s Hammer Time’

 For today’s ‘stupid news’, this is got to take the cake. I’ve already written about the man who jumped on a whale carcass surrounded by sharks here, That was pretty bad. This story takes us to Australia again, however, hard to believe it but this stunt is probably even worse. Australia boat captain Aaron Moir has made a name for himself jumping on the back of sharks. I suppose that will set you apart from the competition. Moir even gives us some insight what he was thinking and states: “I was thinking: right It’s hammer time. Bang I just jumped on.” This is allegedly his seventh shark riding attempt. In the video you can clearly see him wait for the shark to swim by, then jump right on top of it. The video is rightfully being scrutinized by environmentalists, who find it reckless and cruel behavior. Moir doesn’t seem too fazed by the criticism, remarking his next attempt will be on a Great White.MORE

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