Hawaii HB580 aquarium ban is thrown out, adds marine conservatories instead

The Hawaii HB580 Legislation that we shared earlier this year has been amended. The original bill that was introduced in January 2011 was to prohibit the collecting and selling of aquatic life for aquariums in Hawaii. Thankfully, due to lack…

Tsunami reaches across Pacific, damage toll still climbing

The devastating 8.9 magnitude earthquake hitting Japan yesterday threw a powerful tsunami across the Pacific Ocean that has reached the U.S. mainland, leaving a trail of devastation in its path. It may be days and weeks before the overall damage…

Pylopaguropsis keijii from Hawaii

This beautiful hermit crab is called Pylopaguropsis keijii (McLaughlin & Haig, 1989). The body is golden color and claw and legs are really bright purple. I got this hermit crab from famous rare fish diver Robert Lower in Hawaii who…

New bill threatens to ban commercial reef fish harvest in Hawaii – updated

On the heels of Ret Talbot’s January 2011 CORAL Magazine article on the Hawaiian Marine Aquarium Fish Trade comes a bill in the Hawaii State Legislature to amend Chapter 188 of the Hawaii State Statute.  Specifically, revisions to marine life…

New Acropora is among ten new species of stony corals discovered in Papahanaumokuakea, Hawaii

New Acropora species are not discovered very often so it was with great excitement that we came to learn that a recent biodiversity survey in the Northwestern Hawaiian Islands discovered a new Acropora species from Papahanaumokuakea. If you’ll recall, last…

Hawaii creates cryogenic coral bank

Looking to preserve the rich biodiversity of coral species in Hawaii, scientists from the University of Hawaii have created a cryogenic coral bank. Similar to the frozen coral bank we brought you before, the university is freezing samples of corals…

Collecting expedition to new Hawaii location succeeds in catching masked angelfish

So far. That’s right, not only have divers Rob Lower and Ron Tubbs succeeded in collecting two one masked angelfish, Genicanthus personatus, but it looks like they are aiming to collect a few more before the expedition to this dive…

Kona revamps fish collection: Yellow tang may be limited, fish replenishment area may be swapped

Two key Kona, Hawaii councils have recently given their “seal of approval” on a proposal outlining new regulations for the island’s tropical fish harvest industry. The West Hawaii Fisheries Council recommended the changes to the Hawaii County Council, who in…

First video of the Tsunami in Hawaii

On Saturday February 27th a 8.8 magnitude earthquake hit offshore Maule, Chile, located in south America. Immediately following the quake several Tsunami warnings where issued over a wide swath of land extending as far away as Hawaii and Asia. This…

Dr. Paul takes the underwater Canon D10 for a swim at Kaanapali beach, Hawaii

With the rapid growth of the digital camera industry it wasn’t surprising that new breeds of underwater digitals would soon hit the market.  Of the current dozen or so out there, the Panasonic Lumix and the Canon D10 get top…