The Indonesian Coral Trade is Business As Usual

We all know now, that after mariculture corals were re-opened at the beginning of the year, wild coral collection was also re-opened right after. We can now enjoy a complete supply of corals from Indonesia, like back in the old…

Bali Aquarium Pushes Mariculture to the Next Level

20 years ago, Bali Aquarium was the first company to start commercial mariculture in Indonesia and 3 years ago, it created its own reef restoration and reef education program, called Ocean Gardener (www.oceangardener.org). Since then, they have put the tremendous…

Coral Carpets Turns Sand Zones to Live Coral Nurseries

Reef building stony corals are not picky about where they grow in tropical regions, but one prerequisite is having something to grow on. This limitation of sorts means that there’s huge areas of sand in between hard bottom where most corals…

ACI Lands the First Shipment of Bali Aquarium Cultured Corals

Oh boy how good it feels to know that not only are Indonesian corals trickling out of this land of coral reefs in modest quantities, but that there’s a good number of maricultured corals in those boxes too. Chief among…

Farmed Corals from Indonesia Will Never be the Same

After a few days of euphoria with everyone thinking that the unlimited supply of cheap maricultured coral from Indonesia is back we are feeling a bit hungover. We tried to communicate the message that things would be different in last…

The BEST Photos and Articles of Vincent Chalias

Over the last twenty years, and even more so the last decade, the contributions of Vincent Chalias to the global reef aquarium hobby, industry and community have been incalculable. As one of the first pioneers of coral farming in Indonesia,…

Coral Farming Workshop in the Solomon Islands [Video]

Visiting the wild reefs, like we did in the Solomon Islands recently, is an incredible experience that really helps connect us to where our corals come from. Not only do we get to see a greater variety of coral species…

Coral Farming is Catching on at Bangka Island Sulawesi

Coral Farming on Bangka Island Over the past year, you will have seen us write many times about diving in Northern Sulawesi Indonesia. This hot spot of biodiversity has quickly become one of our favorite places for scuba diving and…

Visiting the Coral Greenhouse of Tampico Coral Farms [Video]

Greenhouse Coral Farming was once a hypoed buzzword in the coral hobby but although we don’t hear so much about it these days, there’s still some reefers soldiering on growing corals with natural sunlight. I had the opportunity to visit…

In the Seychelles, scientists are getting help from nature’s cleanup crew

An innovative new technique for cleaning farmed corals is giving researchers more time on the reefs and less time scrubbing. Inspired by nature, researchers in the Seychelles have found that by sending corals to the ‘cleaners’ before transplanting them to…