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USGS Confirms 36th Non-Native Marine Fish Species Found in Florida

Today the the U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) announced a West Pacific Ocean fish species commonly known as the blotched foxface rabbitfish (Siganus unimaculatus) was successfully captured off Dania Beach, Florida.  According to the USGS, this is the first record of the species … Continue reading

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Hawaiian Bill to Establish Endangered Marine Species Task Force Advances

Tomorrow the House Committee on Finance (FIN) will hear HB 2025 HD1, a measure that would establish a marine species task force to identify ten vital marine species vulnerable to extinction if take levels of those species increase. For a … Continue reading

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NMFS Solicits Public Comment on Protective Regulations for Listed Coral Species

Today the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration‘s (NOAA) National Marine Fishery Service (NMFS) officially began soliciting public input as they consider developing a section 4(d) rule for the 20 species of coral recently listed under the Endangered Species Act (ESA). “Advanced Notice of Proposed Rulemaking and … Continue reading

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USFWS Notifies Aquarium Businesses that Importing Listed Corals is Illegal

This blog post was followed by a second post later in the day providing more information. -Ed. Early this afternoon Eastern Standard Time, the United States Fish and Wildlife Service (USFWS) Office of Law Enforcement at the Port of Los Angles … 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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New Rule Banning Import of Lionfish to Florida Could be Slippery Slope

The smallest lionfish from the genus Pterois is the Mombasa lionfish (P. mombasae). It reaches a maximum size of 20 cm TL. The largest lionfish from the genus Dendrochirus (aka the dwarf lionfishes) is the zebra turkeyfish (D. zebra). It reaches a … Continue reading

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Sea Shepherd Conservation Society Diver Attacked by Aquarium fisherman in Hawaii

When an underwater video surfaced early this week showing an aquarium fisherman rush a Sea Shepherd Conservation Society diver and knock the scuba air regulator from her mouth, it was physical proof that the more-than-decade old battle over Hawaii’s aquarium fishery … Continue reading

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