2017 Legislation protecting Hawaii’s reefs from the aquarium trade

According to the Humane Society of the United States, 90% of residents polled supported legislation that would cap permits required to capture reef life in Hawaii. The Department of Land and Natural Resources believes limited permits and even a “no take” policy is necessary to maintain healthy reefs. Hawaii is the third largest supplier of reef wildlife to the United States. Conservation organizations link the deteriorating health of Hawaii’s reefs to the capturing of fish for the aquarium trade. Reef life such as yellow tangs are some of the most commonly caught and traded fish. Herbivores such as surgeon fish (tangs) keep algae from over growing on the corals and help maintain a healthy reef. The removal of herbivores on a large scale allows for algae to cover the coral. It appears that the majority of residents are pushing the Governor of Hawaii to sign the legislation.

Surgeon fish and kole account for 93% of all fish in Hawaii that are captured and sold in the aquarium trade

 

 

links:

https://www.google.com/amp/bigislandnow.com/2017/06/06/90-percent-of-residents-favor-reef-protections-from-aquarium-trade/amp/

http://m.humanesociety.org/news/press_releases/2017/05/poll-shows-near-total-support-for-coral-reef-protection-from-aquarium-trade-053117.html

http://earthjustice.org/sites/default/files/styles/image_800x600/public/aquarium-collection_brooke-everett_800.jpg?itok=O4vCBooD

Turtle population on the mend

“The findings of our research show that juvenile hawksbill turtles are thriving at Glover’s Reef– extremely good news for this endangered species,” Virginia Burns Perez, the Wildlife Conservation Society’s technical coordinator in Belize, said in a statement. “Strongholds for the species such as this one should become a model for other foraging and nesting areas that are important for the hawksbill turtle.”

MACNA 2016

What a show!  The main takeaway for us:  The industry has matured. Quality products, useful products, and no one “throwing shade”.

More for the show including pics to follow shortly.

Live food

The folks at LiveBrineShrimp now have a more affordable USPS Priority Mail shipping option. For their LBS-1 (¼ pound or 25,000 ) live brine shrimp:

“NOW YOU CAN HAVE THIS PACKAGE FOR $29.95 DELIVERED INCLUDING FREIGHT, PACKAGING & SHRIMP”

Live brine can often be used to help with your picky eaters.  The Copperband Butterfly for example.

Copperband Butterfly

Our CBB is now eating krill.  Not sure why, but he just started today.

So far, he eats blood worms (favorite), Mysis, and krill. All frozen from Hikari.  Also, he still hunts down and annihilates aiptasia.

So he did not have to compete, we started him with target feedings using a baster.  He will now compete with the other fish but we continue to target feed him at least once per day.

Lighting

Kessil® Lighting, a leading designer and manufacturer of high-quality LED aquarium lights, proudly announces the release of the A360N and A360W models.