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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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Esquire’s Top 10 List of “World’s Coolest Aquariums” Fails to Impress on Many Fronts

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The internet is rife with lists. People just love them. Lists featuring the top ten of this or top five of that summarize their points in a very concise, easy to read format that people with short attention spans can actually make it through without getting sidetracked. We can’t say that we dislike lists, in fact we love them just like everyone else, except for those cases where the list isn’t at all researched or just hypes up something normally quite mundane. Recently, we came across a list of “10 of the Word’s Coolest Aquariums” in the UK version of Esquire, and suffice it to say, we were less than impressed with their featured tanks. While we certainly welcome a bit more of the positive spotlight on our hobby, we could easily have thought of ten far better aquariums than those that made the list. So, to help fix their list, we’ve come up with a few notable tanks that should top Esquire’s compilation… 1. Chingchai’s 1000-gallon DSPS Tank Chingchai’s world famous reef aquarium 2. David Saxby’s massive L-shaped aquarium David Saxby’s massive L-shaped reef tank 3. MORE: Esquire’s Top 10 List of “World’s Coolest Aquariums” Fails to Impress on Many Fronts

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30th Anniversary Underwater Music Concert In The Florida Key’s

uwmusic2013 30th Anniversary Underwater Music Concert In The Florida KeysDivers and snorkelers in the Florida attended the 30th anniversary annual Lower Keys Underwater Music Festival at Looe Key Reef today. The concert featured 4 hours of music which is heard underwater through a series of underwater speakers. Local Sculptor August Powers supplied the instruments which are then ‘played’ by the divers and snorkelers. Powers has been involved with the festival since it started, and makes a new whimsical underwater instrument every year. Local dive shops arrange trips to the spot, along with hundreds of private boats that gather on location. Surely a one of a kind dive to remember. I’m putting this on my dive/music calendar for next year. MORE

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Oil Slick Or Just A Bunch Of Anchovies?

anchovies Oil Slick Or Just A Bunch Of Anchovies? Folks around La Jolla California weren’t sure what they were seeing this past week. From a distance the dark colored water looks similar to a oil slick or even ride tide. MORE

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Interzoo 2014: the Nyos booth with new Quantum skimmers

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Two years ago Nyos shared their booth with Thrive Aquatics, but during this Interzoo they had a much bigger booth, which they shared with WhiteCorals, and has unveiled many other very interesting products.  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 Idea

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Mr. Saltwater Tank TV Friday AM Quick Tip: Don’t Assume This Part Of Your Tank Is Consistent

I’ve said that saltwater tanks don’t like variability and here’s one place you need to check for consistency  MORE: Mr. Saltwater Tank TV Friday AM Quick Tip: Don’t Assume This Part Of Your Tank Is Consistent

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MACNA Speaker Schedule Posted

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Fresh off the press from the MACNA BOD, the hits keep coming.  This update relates to the incredible lineup that Jake Adams has put together for our reefing pleasure this Fall in Denver.  Obviously we know about the featured speakers such as Martin Moe, Luiz Rocha, Julian Spring, Sanjay Joshi, and a slew of other rock stars, but the new schedule lists our friends at Reefgen Laura Birenbaum and Justin Credable, monkey-boy Rich Ross, Rufus Kimura, and Kevin Kohen, just to name a few.  Check out the whole schedule HERE and start planning your weekend.

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