Its Labor Day weekend and less than a week to go before MACNA! Before you cut out of work and head out for one last long weekend this summer, we have one final Friday Smorgasbord. This week we look at the world’s largest marine preserve in Hawaii, APEX meetup at MACNA, sewer fishing and lawsuits oh my!
Hawaii Now Home to World’s Largest Marine Preserve
Last week, President Obama signed an executive order that will make the Papahanaumokuakea Marine National Monument the largest ecological preserve in the world. More than 580,000 square miles that is four times larger than the state of California. This great video discusses, where it is and what it means.
APEX User Group at MACNA for Fourth Year
For the fourth year, Neptune’s APEX User Group is meeting at the beginning of MACNA and you can join too. There are some great things to learn here and plus some nice perks — free goodie bag for first 150 people, free champagne breakfast, prezos by Mr. Saltwater Tank: Mark Callahan and Richard Ross and the pesentation of the 2nd Annual Marine Aquarium Hobbyist of the Year award. Plus what would a reef event be without a raffle. But make sure to register on the website.
Sewer Cat Fishing
YouTube fishing personality “The Fish Whisperer” does some wacky things and has been promoting his skills at sewer fishing. By dropping bait into a storm sewer, he’s able to catch a small channel catfish using a hot dog. As he notes, this is one of hundreds he’s captured with this method. If you can’t make it to the coast, a lake or a river this weekend, you can still fish! FISH ON!
Bad Yelp Review Lawsuit Tossed
A pet sitting business customer left a less-than-favorable review for overfeeding their pet betta that sparked a defamation lawsuit is probably a bit happier now that a local Texas judge tossed the $1 million lawsuit. So what was the beef? The judge also ruled they are are entitled to recover legal fees, in addition to sanctions “sufficient to deter them from bringing similar actions.” The couple that used the service complained that “Gordy” was overfed and posted this on Yelp:
“The one star is for potentially harming my fish, otherwise it would have been two stars. We have a camera on the bowl and we watched the water go from clear to cloudy. There was a layer of food on the bottom from way too much being put in it. Even if you don’t have fish, you should be able to see the change in the bowl and stop putting in food. Better yet, ask us how much to feed if you are unsure.”