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Coral Restoration Foundation Pioneer Ken Nedimyer Named ‘Sea Hero Of The Year’

dove Coral Restoration Foundation Pioneer Ken Nedimyer Named Sea Hero Of The YearA big congratulations to Ken Nedimyer, who has been named ‘Sea Hero of the Year’ by Scuba Diving and Oris Watches USA. Having had the pleasure of working with Kevin during his appearance on Fish Tank Kings and Fluval’s Coral Restoration Sponsorship, I believe that this award could not have gone to a better person. He has devoted years to promoting the conservation of coral reefs. Starting out his career as a fisherman and collector in the 1980′s, Ken noticed many corals in the Keys were dying. Kens passion became a mission to protect our coral reefs. Eventually Ken started the Coral Restoration Foundation (CRF), a non profit conservation organization dedicated ‘to creating off shore nurseries and restoration programs for threatened coral species’. CRF is the leader in producing Staghorn and Elkhorn Coral. This most recent accolade only adds to his previous awards, which include being named CNN Hero in 2012. Ken is truly an inspiration to us all. MORE

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Swoon: Mr. DiCaprio Donates $2 Million To Ocean Conservation

closer variety leonardodicaprio 03 0208 bnz cmyk Swoon: Mr. DiCaprio Donates $2 Million To Ocean ConservationA man after my own heart, Leonardo DiCaprio, is more than just a pretty face – he’s actually quite the conservationist. Most recently, the Leonardo DiCaprio Foundation has donated a generous sum of $2 million Thursday, October 16, 2014 to Oceans 5. The international funder’s collaboration works to establish marine reserves and put a halt to over-fishing. Here’s a few projects the grant will be supporting: MORE

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Manhattan Reefs Fall Frag Swap

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Shark Feeding Frenzy

 Imagine going out for a walk on the beach, collecting shells, and you happen upon a school of 100 hungry sharks on a feeding frenzy just feet from the shore. This guy, Brian Recker, in Cape Lookout, North Carolina did just that. Lucky for us, he was able to catch it all on video, and thanks to the wonders of Youtube, we can also witness this seldom seen occurrence. MORE

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Harmless or Helpful Live Rock Hitchhikers: “Pods”

pods1 Harmless or Helpful Live Rock Hitchhikers: “Pods”Regular Saltwater Smarts readers often see references to them in Paul B’s posts. They arrive in our aquaria unbidden aboard chunks of live rock, in live sand, or on coral specimens attached to rocks. At a glance, they look like little insects scurrying over the rocks or swarming on the glass. I’m talking about “pods”—not the Invasion of the Body Snatchers kind (though we haven’t ruled that out completely with Paul B.), but the tiny crustaceans known as amphipods and copepods. Amphipods The first pods we’ll discuss—amphipods—are much larger than copepods and can be seen easily with the naked eye as they scramble among the rockwork, typically after lights out (they tend to make themselves scarce during daylight hours to avoid predation). These shrimp-like microcrustaceans, which are usually somewhere in the range of 1/8 to 1/4 inch in length with the occasional “whopper” making an appearance, look rather like commas with multiple segments and lots of legs. More: Harmless or Helpful Live Rock Hitchhikers: “Pods”

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SWS – Seneye Web Server – is finally available!

seneye web server sws 01 SWS   Seneye Web Server   is finally available! I have been talking about the Seneye Web Server,or SWS, since I first saw it at Macna 2013 in Ft. Lauderdale, FL.  It was shown again at Interzoo 2014  in Nuremberg, Germany and now, I am pleased to present it to you here.  MORE

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Production Model of Maxspect Gyre Unboxed at Coralvue

reefs.comProdGyreBox Production Model of Maxspect Gyre Unboxed at CoralvueCoralvue recently received the final production sample of the 50w Maxspect Gyre, and based on the pictures they shared I fully concur with their statement of, “WOW“. A couple things have been improved upon since prototype units were released, including a stronger magnet, a super sleek intuitive controller and some accessories to boot. It also seems that the “Riptide” name has gone by the wayside, sticking with the simple moniker of “Maxspect Gyre”. MORE

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The Wonders That Lurk Way Down Deep

image 1 300x168 The Wonders That Lurk Way Down DeepWay down below the surface of the sea, on the very bottom of the ocean floor, exists a profusion of fascinating creatures. You have your regular superstars, of course, like hermit crabs, sea stars, sponges and, my personal favorite, nudis. But oh, there’s so much more. MORE

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