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Seafood Expo North America 2019

Today is the first day of Seafood Expo North America 2019 (SENA19), and I’m headed to Boston for the show. For those of you unfamiliar with the event, it is largest seafood exposition in North America with thousands of buyers and … Continue reading

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What about the ‘S’ Word? – Seafood Sustainability Today

If you’ve been following my coverage of this year’s Seafood Expo North America (SENA15), you know I found it noteworthy how many times I heard speakers presenting in the “Seafood Sustainability” conference track speaking about the word “sustainable” in a less than … Continue reading

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New Bill Proposes 10-Year Moratorium on Aquarium Fishing in Hawaii

The third aquarium bill is, along with HB 511, pending introduction in the Hawaii Legislature, bringing the total number of aquarium-related bills in play for 2015 to three. House Bill 606 would establishes a 10-year moratorium on the taking of … Continue reading

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Part II of the Sustainably Minded Aquarist Published

Part II in my ten-part series titled “The Sustainably Minded Marine Aquarist” is out at Advanced Aquarist Online Magazine. In it, I discuss why sustainably minded aquarists will go out of their way to source animals from the smaller developing island … Continue reading

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Seafood Expo North America 2014 Wrap-Up

The Boston Convention Center, with its more than 500,000 square feet of cavernous exhibit space, was recently home to the 2014 Seafood Expo North America (#SENA14). It was the Northeast’s largest convention center playing host to the largest seafood industry … Continue reading

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India’s Underground Marine Aquarium Trade

While roughly 90 percent of the marine aquarium trade’s animals originate on reefs, only about 10 percent of freshwater aquarium fishes have ever seen a natural ecosystem. Is the freshwater trade therefore above reproach when it comes to sustainability? Perhaps … Continue reading

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Sea Shepherd Launches Anti-Aquarium Trade Campaign in Hawaii

Today the Sea Shepherd Conservation Society launched Operation Reef Defense, a campaign spearheaded by Sea Shepherd Vice-President Robert Wintner to shut down marine aquarium fisheries. In the Jan/Feb 2011 issue of Coral Magazine, I wrote an article called “Postcards from Hawaii” in which … 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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Isn’t it Time We Support Truly Sustainable Fisheries?

Developed nations view ‘beachfront property’ as an exclusive, premium property. In our case, [it is] inundation, overfishing, hardship, and challenging as we continue to live on it as ‘home’. – Marshall Islands Fisheries Director Glen Joseph I report quite frequently on … Continue reading

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Managing the Social, Economic and Environmental Components of the Maine Lobster Fishery

“Every fisherman must recognize that we cannot dismiss or trade one element for another and expect our communities to thrive. Long-term sustainability requires the management of [social, economic and environmental components] in concert.” -Matinicus Island Fisher Michael J. Ames in … Continue reading

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