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They’re baaaack! Lionfish return to New York

IMG 8000sm Theyre baaaack! Lionfish return to New York What can it mean that after a complete absence of lionfish around Long Island, New York, for the last three years, they have suddenly reappeared?… More:

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Coral Gardening Combines Tourism With Conservation

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Vanuatu, an island in the South Pacific, is trying to start a new tourism trend: Coral gardening. Last week,in Worasiviu Village on Pele Island, Climate Change Coral Gardening Day was held. Divers put a specially built coral bed into the water. Corals were then ‘planted’ to the bed. Coral Aquaculture, or coral gardening, is where coral pieces are attached to an area, often times man made, in hope that the corals will develop and naturally flourish after many years creating a new environment. A similar model has been pioneered by the Coral Restoration Foundation in the Florida Keys. It gives tourists the opportunity to explore the reefs, and also feel like they are leaving a piece of themselves, while at the same time attempting to cultivate healthy reef growth. An exciting eco-tourism opportunity that promotes both conservation and aquaculture.  MORE

 

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How Ocean Rider Is Fighting to Save Seahorses

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Ocean Rider, as part of their Seahorse Hawaii Foundation efforts, announced late last year that it was going to be reintroducing seahorses back into the wild in a few locations. On the surface, this sounds like a great step towards conservation. Reintroduction programs are very popular with the public, and who wouldn’t want seahorses reestablished in the wild? Unfortunately, these types of reintroduction programs have limited success, and can actually do more harm than good. It is true that seahorses are at risk from overfishing. But they haven’t disappeared from the wild, making programs to reestablish them moot. Reintroduction programs are generally only beneficial in places that a species has been wiped out completely, and only when the conditions that caused their decline are reversed. Seahorses are still found all over the world, no single species lost from it’s native range. Nor are any critically endangered, for that matter. The sad truth is that the Seahorse Hawaii Foundation’s reintroduction program is ill-advised and unnecessary, and potentially harmful. More: How Ocean Rider Is Fighting to Save Seahorses, and Why That Might Be A Terrible IdeaMore:

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New Project Aims to Value Coral Reef’s ‘Natural Blue Capitol’

download New Project Aims to Value Coral Reefs Natural Blue CapitolThe governments of the Philippines and Australia collectively have launched a new project, The Capturing Coral Reef and Related Ecosystem Services (CCRES), that aims to quantify the market value of the Country’s coral reef and mangroves, also known as ‘natural blue capital’. The study will be research based, focused on the effects of services provided by healthy coral reef and mangrove ecosystems. The director of the Biodiversity Management Bureau, Theresa Mundita Lim, said “The project will help us convince stakeholders that the environment is a good investment as it benefits the communities,” Lim said. The project will start in the El Nido region of the Philippines, a protected area which covers over 140 square miles. Hopefully this project will be succesful in leading the way for sustainable enterprises that can lesson climate change effects and protect our reefs. MOREMore:

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A Worthwhile Adoption Journey We Can All Get Behind

10379804 10152935291173356 4377459599713310605 o A Worthwhile Adoption Journey We Can All Get BehindI know here at Reefs.com we tend to shy away from mammals, but this is a worthy cause I feel compelled to share with you all. Meet Nila, the adorable yearling Sea Lion discovered frightened and emaciated at a naval base in Point Mugu, CA on March 17, 2014. The poor pup weighed in at a meager 18 pounds (healthy pups should weigh about 40-50 pounds). She was rescued by the Channel Islands & Marine Wildlife Institute and continues to remain in their care. Although she’s doing well, due to her behavior and temperament, she has since been deemed non-releasable to go back into the wild where she would have a grim and short-lived future. The wonderful folks over at the Long Island Aquarium & Exhibition Center in Riverhead, NY have their hearts set on adopting and raising little Nila along with their two adult California Sea Lions. This is the perfect environment to assure that their devoted and talented animal trainers will provide her with the best care and a happy, healthy, fish-filled life. They have currently set up a… More:

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Emma Forbes Update: Understanding Bacteria at OI

 Emma Forbes Update: Understanding Bacteria at OI
Aloha everyone! It’s been a while since my last post, but it’s been a busy few months. Though it’s the kind of busy you don’t realize until you sit down and catch your breath. It’s been a lot of fun spending my days in the lab working with everyone learning new things.… More:

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Reef Threads Podcast #188

reefthreads1 Reef Threads Podcast #188 A colony photographed by the folks at Coral Morphologic.This week we’re joined by Colin Foord of Coral Morphologic. Colin has been in the news lately because of his efforts to save corals that were living in the Government Cut shipping channel in Miami, FL. The Army Corps of Engineers has begun a project to make that channel wider and deeper and were going to destroy corals that have adapted to that very different environment. Colin took steps to save them and, this week, tells the story of his efforts and what he’s doing with the corals he’s saved. 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 #188More:

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Elasmobranch Enthusiasts (Part 1): Modern Husbandry – Space

elasmobranch1 300x169 Elasmobranch Enthusiasts (Part 1): Modern Husbandry – SpaceFrom the ferocious great white shark (Carcharodon carcharias) to the graceful white-spotted eagle ray (Aetobatus narinari), Elasmobranchii are a diverse group of boneless fishes that are circumglobal, inhabiting a diverse array of habitats, temperature ranges, salinity, and niches in the world’s oceans and rivers. It is no wonder that these unique creatures, while usually boasting relatively bland coloration compared to the typical teleostei reef fishes, pique the interest of pretty much every hobbyist. This group of fishes definitely has its challenges but, with proper information and species selection, can be kept fairly easily by a moderately skilled aquarist with a generous budget. The space-swim pattern continuum As with every other family of fishes, sharks have a wide range of spacial considerations by species. “Go big or go home” is a decent motto for most species. Length, width, and shape are the most important factors with all elasmobranchs, with depth being a factor only for pelagic shark species. Most hobbyists are intrigued by pelagic (open-ocean) sharks like blacktip reef sharks (Carcharhinus melanopterus) or bonnethead sharks (Sphyrna tiburo), but a typical tank will not suffice for these obligate swimmers. They prefer a kidney-bean-, figure-eight-, or at least cylinder-shaped pool or tank to do well. These sharks need large straight-aways and long corners for energy conservation More: Elasmobranch Enthusiasts (Part 1): Modern Husbandry – SpaceMore:

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