Dr. Gahn inspires with a lecture on the geological history of reefs

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 Dr. Forest Gahn rocks the party once again.  The Invertebrte Paleobiologist with a love of all things extinct is giving fantastic talks on the geological history of reefs.  First off, most reefs…. Are not made of coral.  And coral reefs have come and gone over time.  What threats are coral reefs facing today?  What threats have they overcome to get here?  And are their ways for hobbyists to create beautiful reef aquariums that don’t feature corals? Forest’s lecture  provides amazing and eye opening insight into the geological time scale.  His challenge for hobbyists to create non coral centered aquaria is intriguing and we hope some hobbyists out there will accept his challenge (I’m thinking all clams myself). read more

Shark Men- new season for the show, and new realm working with hobbyists?

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 Shark Men kicks off another season on National Geographic today!  This comes just days after the Wasatch Marine Aquarium Society announced the Shark Men crew as their guests for the esteemed annual Winter Banquet event.  Combining field work experts and marine scientists with home hobbyists is a fascinating aspect of marine ornamentals.  These cross over global presentations are typically reserved for mega conferences like MACNA.  Given the threats facing sharks and their important role in marine systems, it is exciting to see hobbyists bridging the gap and branching out to those working to save these amazing apex predators.  It will be several months before we can give you a recap on this presentation and how Shark Men /  Hobbyists can work together, until then we’ll just have to watch the show. read more

Two Super Events This Weekend- Midwest and West

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  If you are a hobbyist living in the Midwest or in the Western States you should really consider attending one of the awesome events coming up this weekend.  Two great events featuring vendors, manufactures, frag sellers, and some top notch presenters are going down. Saturday November 5th, 2011 Midwest Marine Conference http://www.midwestmarineconf.org/default.aspx is the place to be if you can get to Bloomfield Hills Michigan.  Speakers include MASNA President and long time aquatic guru Steven Pro who continues his outreach on toxins, stings, and bad things.  His presentation includes the info on what to do after you touch something you shouldn’t have touched.  Emmy award winning film producer and aquatic explorer Mike deGruy will be sharing his information on the ocean ecosystems.  Author/Lecture and previous MASNA award winner Charles Delbeek is presenting (topic unknown at this time) and you can’t miss Ret Talbot’s presentation which we told you about recently http://www.masna.org/Blog/tabid/430/EntryId/21/Papua-New-Guinea-to-Hawaii-Ret-Talbot-talks-collection-and-impact.aspx read more

Bob Fenner shares the inside details of opening up a new Fiji Collection Facility

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 Bob Fenner has spent the better part of his life diving, writing, drinking, and traveling to far off tropical locations.  What a chump!  Okay fine, we love Bob and we’re excited for the new work he’s doing .  Bob is helping out with the efforts of Walt Smith International to establish additional collection sites in Fiji.  Bob’s a tough one to book for events.  His travel schedule and lifestyle don’t allow for him to commit to many gigs.  As you’d expect his talk is very enjoyable and built upon direct experience.  read more

Fish Breeding- Case Studies for large scale and home based operations

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 We had a chance to see Adam Blundell’s presentation on Reefapalooza a few weeks ago.  Adam was invited to Reefapalooza and asked to present on his current work with case studies involving large scale breeding facilities and small scale home based operations.  This presentation was fantastic and generated a lot of discussion about the possibilities of US hobbyists who have great opportunities to raise fishes in their own backyards.  Natural foods may be easier to generate and success with culturing first foods for larval fishes may be easier to overcome than previously thought. read more