Category Archives: Developing Nations

‘Holy Grail’ Test for Illegal Cyanide-Caught Aquarium Fish May Be Fatally Flawed [Excerpt from NatGeo]

This is an excerpt from my latest article in National Geographic. A widely celebrated test believed to be able to determine if tropical marine aquarium fish were caught illegally using cyanide may be based on problematic data, a new study … Continue reading

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The Sustainably Minded Aquarist Part I – Wild Animals (Excerpt)

While covering the marine aquarium trade at the intersection of science and sustainability, I’m frequently asked what the sustainably minded aquarist should do. Over the next ten weeks, I’m going to try to answer that question as best I’m able … Continue reading

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Evolving Frontiers – Our Relationship with the Wildness of the Sea

My latest article, co-authored with friend and colleague biologist Richard Ross of the Steinhart Aquarium, published yesterday in Reef Hobbyist Magazine. In some ways, it represents a departure from my regular beat, and I thank editor Jim Adelberg for the concept and invitation … Continue reading

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To Marine Aquarists on World Wildlife Day

Today is “World Wildlife Day.” Many of the people I have come to know through my involvement with the marine aquarium trade have enthusiastically shared this fact through social media throughout the day. They have “liked” and shared images and … Continue reading

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The Good, The Bad and the Wild

For the past several years, I have had the opportunity to explore the source country side of the marine aquarium trade. One of the goals of those explorations has been to provide a window through which aquarists can view a … Continue reading

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Paths to Reform for Aquarium Fisheries

As some of you familiar with my work know, I cover all types of fisheries. Over the past few years, I have reported frequently on marine aquarium fisheries, especially those in developing island nations of the Pacific. I have come … Continue reading

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Philippines Joins Growing List of Countries Barring Shrimp Imports

We are dealing with a disease unknown to us, all the more that measures must be undertaken. -Philippines BFAR Aquatic Resources Director Asis G. Perez I spent a month last summer as an embedded journalist with a scientific expedition that travelled to … Continue reading

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