Monthly Archives: August 2014

Why Point-of-Origin Matters (Excerpt)

An Excerpt from an Article co-Authored with Rich Ross and appearing in the Current Issue of Reefs Magazine Most marine aquarium hobbyists purchase animals for their tanks without much thought to those animals’ origins. This is understandable since most local … Continue reading

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Remarkable Reef Fish Recruitment Event in Hawaii

“My eyes feel full when looking at this many fish. They almost itch; it’s so overwhelming.”  -Pauline Fiene, Maui-based Mike Severns Diving “In what she and others have termed a ‘once in a lifetime’ event, ‘swarms’ of small fishes appeared in … Continue reading

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NOAA Lists 20 Corals as Threatened Under Endangered Species Act

Yesterday the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) National Marine Fisheries Service (NMFS) delivered a final rule listing seven species of corals indigenous to Caribbean waters and 13 species of corals from the Indo-Pacific under the Endangered Species Act (ESA). … Continue reading

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New Article Exposes Dark Side of Hawaii’s Aquarium Trade…or Simply Ramps up the Rhetoic?

“Better research could lead to better management [of Hawaii’s marine aquarium fishery], or perhaps a complete ban of the aquarium industry altogether. The forthcoming change of Hawaii’s state government may assist this process.” -Elizabeth Claire Alberts in The Ecologist I’ve been … Continue reading

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Fishery Managers Propose Addendum to Spiny Dogfish FMP

This spring, the Atlantic States Marine Fisheries Commission’s (ASMFC) Spiny Dogfish Management Board started the process of bringing the Interstate Fishery Management Plan (FMP) for spiny dogfish into alignment with the Shark Conservation Act (SCA) of 2010. The SCA was signed into … Continue reading

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NMFS Misses Banggai Cardinalfish Status Review Deadline

The National Marine Fisheries Service (NMFS) missed a mid-July deadline regarding the listing of the Banggai cardinalfish under the Endangered Species List (ESA). Today a NMFS spokesperson confirmed the Service is still evaluating whether or not listing the species as endangered or threatened … Continue reading

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Hawaii Aquarium Collector Charged with “Terroristic Threatening”

I confirmed late last night East Coast time that Jay Lovell was charged earlier this week with “terroristic threatening” in a case involving an underwater confrontation between Lovell, an aquarium fish collector, and activist Rene Umberger. The confrontation occurred in May … Continue reading

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