Monthly Archives: December 2014

Aquarium Industry Lobbying Group Updates Webpage to Remove Misinformation

The Pet Industry Joint Advisor Council (PIJAC) updated its Aquatic Defense Fund webpage earlier this month to correct or remove much of the misinformation previously published on the lobbying group’s landing page for the aquarium industry. As a lobbying group, PIJAC … Continue reading

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First Report (and Removal) of Non-Native Surgeonfish Species in Florida

In a press release yesterday, the Reef Environmental Education Foundation (REEF) reported the first record of the non-native marine fish species Acanthurus pyroferus (commonly called the chocolate surgeonfish or the mimic lemon peel surgeonfish) in Florida waters. According to the release, the fish was first … Continue reading

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First Corals to be Listed as Endangered Under the ESA?

Today the National Marine Fisheries Service (NMFS) proposed listing three species of coral as “endangered” under the Endangered Species Act (ESA). If the proposed rule stands, Cantharellus noumeae, Siderastrea glynni and Tubastraea floreana will become the first coral species to be listed … Continue reading

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NMFS Proposes to List Banggai Cardinalfish under Endangered Species Act

The National Marine Fisheries Service (NMFS) has completed its 12-month finding for seven marine species, and tomorrow will publish a proposed rule to list six of them (including the Banggai cardinalfish) under the Endangered Species Act (ESA). “We have determined that, based … Continue reading

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PIJAC Condemns “Eaten Alive” but Still Misfires on Aquarium Trade

In a statement issued yesterday, the Pet Industry Joint Advisory Council (PIJAC) condemned the Discovery Channel’s recently aired special “Eaten Alive,” saying: The Pet Industry Joint Advisory Council (PIJAC) condemns the recent airing of Discovery’s Eaten Alive special in which an … Continue reading

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Why Giving away Dogfish at the Food Pantry May be a Bad Idea

If you visited the Falmouth Service Center’s food pantry last week, you may have been offered a fillet of spiny dogfish (Squalus acanthias). Brenda Swain, the service center’s director, says they have “been working really hard on nutrition,” and she’s thrilled … Continue reading

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Trafficking in Protected Species Sends Two Florida Men to Jail

Yesterday, two Florida men were sent to prison over wildlife trafficking in state and federally protected reptiles. While this case did not involve fishes, it points to ongoing problems with the wildlife trade and suggest why some would rather just see it … Continue reading

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