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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 hereMore:

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Reef Threads Podcast #207


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

St. Jude raffle

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Reef Threads Podcast #206


Support St. Jude research and give yourself a chance to win this reef system.

It’s time once again to do the marine-aquarium hobby podcast thing that we do. This week’s subjects are our “Where Do You Listen” contest, the St. Jude/Reef Savvy reef system raffle, women in the hobby, lionfish videos, Ret Talbot’s new series, hobby expense, and mysis shrimp and other frozen foods. Download the podcast here, or subscribe to our podcasts at iTunes. Also, follow us on Twitter at reefthreads.—Gary and Christine

St. Jude raffle

Spearing lionfish

Ladies fragswapping site

Ret writes

It costs too much

1.5-gal. vase reef

Bulk frozen

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Fish Faces, Caribbean Fish Face Photos

Good morning friends, here’s a few more “fish faces” for your viewing pleasure today that I got yesterday morning right here on our own Substation house reef! Most of you know that for the past year I have been really trying harder than usual to get some fun fish face photos but as it turns out these are the hardest photos I have ever tried to shoot! Why you ask?? Go ahead ask why!! Fish are not prone to look a diver or a potential predator in the face, they just want to flee! I spend most of my dives in hot pursuit and mostly taking tail shots.
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Researchers Focus On Sand Shark Propagation

animals SandTigerShark slide2 web Researchers Focus On Sand Shark PropagationSand Tiger Sharks look fierce, they are the quintessential, stereotypical ‘man-eater shark’ with their jagged, razor sharp teeth protruding out of their mouth. Basically, the ticket item many aquarium visitors expect to see in exhibits.. As such, they are a popular exhibit animal in large public aquarium tanks. There are approximately 200 sand tiger sharks on exhibit in public aquariums and zoo’s in America. Although they look scary, they are relatively docile sharks that are easy to care for in captivity. However, Sand sharks in captivity do not breed easily, since the environment in captivity does not mimic the seasons and changes in the wild. Sand shark population in the wild is at low levels because of fishing nets and shark fin poaching, and the slow maturing reproduction in the species.… More:

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Let’s Talk About Sex and Social Media – ‘No Boys Allowed’

Screen Shot 2014 11 17 at 1.10.39 PM 300x264 Lets Talk About Sex and Social Media   No Boys AllowedDon’t get too excited, I’m talking about gender here. A few months back I did a post discussing the benefits and detrimental elements of the social media presence within the hobby. Overall, when utilized properly, it can be an excellent tool as well as a means of connecting with people sharing similar interests aside from local forums like we have here on reefs.com. Well, a few weeks ago I got an interesting email that caught my attention regarding a girls only Facebook frag swapping group. So what did I do? I joined. … More:

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Taming The Wild Tuna

Greenpeace bluefin tuna Taming The Wild TunaGlobal appetite for Tuna has increased tremendously over the last few decades. As such, along with the rapid surge in consumption has also included alarming decline in wild tuna species. There was a time when farming of tuna was considered impossible. Luckily that is no longer the case. In 2012, farmed fish accounted for over 42 percent of total global output, nearly tripling since the 13.4 percent in 1990.The Pacific Blue Fin Tuna, weighing up to 900 lbs and traveling so fast they can cover crazy distances in short times, seems to defy the principle of farm raised fish.Blue Fin Tuna is known as ‘Porsche of the Sea’, for its ultra desired status.… More:

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Jelly Live Web Cam Launches At Monterey Bay Aquarium

 People love watching the mesmerizing, pulsing movements of our Jelly Fish Friends. Now you don’t even have to leave your home to do so. The wonderful folks at the Monterey Bay Aquarium have brought us this amazing technology. They have been leaders in Jelly Fish displays for many years. The Jellies Experience, currently on exhibit, includes flower hat jellies, blubber jellies, elegant jellies, spotted jellies, Mediterranean jellies and comb jellies, just to name a few. These are some spectacular jellies that you can now watch from the comfort of your couch. If only I could get a Jelly Cam display on large screen for my own home. MOREMore:

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