Project Banggai RESCUE is a unique new research project starting up to tackle issues plaguing the Banggai Cardinalfish, Pterapogon kauderni, in its native habitat. By tapping into the aquarium community for support via Kickstarter, the project pulls together a team of both aquarists and marine scientists to spearhead this initiaive with the main goal of preventing Banggai from being wiped out from its native habitat.
With a goal of $25,000, the early support of the Banggai rescue project is positive with nearly 40 supporters pledging around $7,000 to support the project. According to the official press release, the project is being coordinated by James Lawrence, editor and publisher of CORAL Magazine and head of Reef to Rainforest Media. Project Banggai Rescue will have three main components: an expedition to explore the fishes native environment, research on captive breeding, and publishing a book covering the project.
Project Banggai RESCUE plans on sending a team that includes Talbot, to the remote Banggai Islands in Sulawesi, Indonesia, in May and Pedersen is currently exploring and writing new protocols for small-scale breeding of the species. The expedition has several simultaneous missions:
- Assessing the situation
- Tracking the source of a mysterious disease that kills many Banggai Cardinals collected for the aquarium trade
- Exploring the possibility of establishing mariculture operations run by local Indonesian families
- Collecting healthy broodstock for captive aquaculture research in the United States
The book, entitled “BANGGAI Rescue, Adventures in bringing Pterapogon kauderni back from the brink,” is slated to be published in time for MACNA in Dallas/Fort Worth in September. Sales of the book will help fund ongoing research and sustainability initiatives.
Full press release follows:
Rescue Project comes to the aid of the endangered Banggai Cardinalfish
Team of scientists and aquarists will use “crowd-funding” in the marine aquarium and conservation worlds to underwrite research and publish new book
SHELBURNE, Vermont — March 12, 2012
“It’s time to save this fish,” says James Lawrence, as he and an interdisciplinary team of aquarists and marine scientists today announce the launch of a major initiative to prevent the Banggai Cardinalfish, Pterapogon kauderni, from being wiped out in parts of its native range.
Uncommonly beautiful and known for its unusual mouthbrooding reproductive habits, the species was listed as Endangered in 2007 by the International Union of Concerned Scientists’ (IUCN). Uncontrolled harvest for the aquarium trade has been cited as the major threatening factor for a fish with a very limited natural range.
Project Banggai RESCUE will send a team on an expedition this May to the remote Banggai Islands in Sulawesi, Indonesia, with several simultaneous missions: assessing the situation; tracking the source of a mysterious disease that kills many Banggai Cardinals collected for the aquarium trade; exploring the possibility of establishing mariculture operations run by local Indonesian families; and collecting healthy broodstock for captive aquaculture research in the United States.
“We need approximately $25,000 for the first stage of this project,” says Lawrence, editor and publisher of CORAL Magazine and head of Reef to Rainforest Media, based in Shelburne, Vermont. “Today we are going live with a Kickstarter.com campaign to raise funds for the expedition, captive breeding research, and seed money to produce a book covering all aspects of the project.” Coauthors announced today include writer Ret Talbot, who will be embedded with the Expedition, and Matt Pedersen, who is writing new protocols for small-scale breeding of the species. Lawrence says that the science team will be named in the coming weeks.
Entitled BANGGAI Rescue, Adventures in bringing Pterapogon kauderni back from the brink, the book is scheduled for publication in time for the annual Marine aquarium Conference of North America in Dallas/Fort Worth at the end of September, 2012. Sales of the book will help fund ongoing research and sustainability initiatives.
Media Resources: http://www.banggai-rescue.com/contact/media-support/
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