kwajalein-coral-reef-scene-8-620x465 Recap of this week’s new products to create an aquarium reefscape By some neat coincidence, this week witnessed the announcement of four new products which have a different approach to building a mini reef aquarium aquascape. Each of this week’s artificial reefscaping materials represent novel solutions to using an alternative to live rock. The various choices for building an artificial mini reef structure include man made rock, ceramic
flores-acropora-unknown-two-5 The second unknown Acropora discovered on the Fluval Sea Flores Expedition
How to turn a Sicce Shark ADV internal filter into a fluidized reactor in less than 2 minutes

Halichoeres socialis: did you know this small wrasse is critically endangered?

There’s a teeny tiny little wrasse living in the Gulf of Mexico called Halichoeres socialis which is all but unknown in the aquarium world, and it may not last long of this world at all. Living over a tiny 10 square kilometer of reef called Pelican Cays in Belize, the social wrasse is threatened with extinction Read More

Breaking: NOAA announces the proposal to list 66 stony coral species as endangered or threatened

Just hours ago NOAA and the National Marine Fisheries Services (NMFS) made public their intention to move forward with the proposal to list 66 species of stony corals under the Endangered Species Act (ESA). You may recall that three years ago the Center for Biological Diversity petitioned to have 83 species listed as threatened or Read More

Massive coral reef, twice the size of Manila, destroyed in Philippines by poachers

A tragic crime that is being described as “the rape of the ocean” took place in the Philippines where poachers decimated an entire reef area almost twice the size of Manila harvesting over 21,000 pieces of black coral and killing 161 endangered sea turtles and other marine life. Read More

Biologging: Tuna, sharks and mammals getting smart electronic tags to map the oceans and ecosystems

We’ve all heard of tagging animals for catch and release programs, for tracking migrations and populations but what you may not have learned is that these tags have been getting smart, like scary smart. Over the past 20 years these electronic tags have gone from simply alerting researchers to the location of their subjects to Read More

Great White Sharks struggling, rarer than tigers

Movies like Jaws and sensationalized media reports of swimmers being attacked by sharks have given the massive Great White Shark a bad rap, and now this awesome predator is facing dwindling numbers making it even rarer than the endangered tiger. Researchers have recently learned their numbers are dwindling and their estimation of the global population Read More

Clownfish, staghorn coral among species on climate change “flagship” list

Clownfish and staghorn coral are among 10 species identified as those hardest hit from climate change due to increased CO2 emissions and ocean acidification by the International Union for Conservation of Nature and Natural Resources (IUCN) at the UN Climate Change Conference in Copenhagen on Monday. The full report, Species and Climate Change, lists the Read More

Petition targets 83 coral species for U.S. endangered species list protection

The Center for Biological Diversity recently prepared and filed a scientific petition to have 83 coral species listed as threatened or endangered under the Endangered Species Act. The petition, filed on October 20, 2009, looks to use the powers of the Endangered Species Act to protect these corals identified as most the most vulnerable in Read More