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Monterey Bay Aquarium Showcases Different Varieties of Cuttlefish

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Monterey Bay Aquarium once again came into limelight for showcasing different varieties of cuttlefish. It portrays many kinds of fish entirely different in color, texture, and shape. Cuttlefish kept at Monterey Bay aquarium provides amazing visual attraction to visitors. “Cuttlefish’s ability to change colors and textures allow them to camouflage themselves into almost any environment. Cuttlefish tend to get positive reactions from people who have the patience to look for them”, said a senior aquarist at Monterey Bay aquarium. The aquarium offered free admission to attend cuttlefish display in December 2014 as a part of ‘Community Open House Week Celebration” of Monterey Bay residents.
Newest exhibit of Monterey Bay aquarium is named as “Tentacles: The Astounding Lives of Octopuses, Squid and Cuttlefishes”. Cuttlefish showed tremendous ability to adjust to the environments of Monterey Bay marine exhibit. As habitat destruction is always a great cause for population decline in any species, initiative of Bay aquarium is a commendable one. It is hundred percent sure that cuttlefish featured at this aquarium will not spoil its ecosystem. Cuttlefish is found commonly in Indo Pacific waters from south East Asia to northern Australia. All types of cuttlefish including the ones displayed at Monterey Bay aquarium flash yellow, maroon, brown and white along its body.
Via [The Californian]

Whale Breeding Program of Vancouver Aquarium Causes Controversy

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Vancouver aquarium’s practice of keeping cetaceans face stiff opposition from animal rights activists. It forced Vancouver aquarium officials to pass a motion to review its upcoming programs. Even Vancouver Mayor himself expressed displeasure about whale and dolphin breeding program carried out by the aquarium. When conservationist Jane Goodall came out openly against the practice, it received global media attention. As per the new bylaw, Vancouver aquarium will be allowed to keep cetaceans, but breeding of whales and dolphins will be banned. Aquarium’s use of gripping and tact cetaceans in chains invited the wrath of animal rights activists.
At Vancouver’s park board meeting many of the speakers urged on the total ban of whale breeding program. A committee would be set up to ensure safety and wellbeing of cetaceans in captivity. Park Board chairman believes that they struck a balance between supporting aquarium’s good work and continuing discussion of ethics behind keeping marine creatures in captivity. In her letter, Jane Goodall says on-site cetacean breeding is no longer defensible by science. Vancouver aquarium houses rescued animals that cannot be returned to the ocean or animals that were born in captivity. Aquarium staff members were asked to investigate alternatives to the exhibition of animals in captivity
Via [CBC]

‘Premium Outlet’ Plans Feature Rich Aquarium

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‘Premium Outlet’ has planned an aquarium, snorkel adventure, zip line and adventure course in St Augustine. They have announced purchase of five acre land for the upcoming project at 2045, State Road, St Augustine. Presence of beautiful trees and proximity to main highway makes the location perfect for setting up an aquarium. Phase one of the upcoming aquarium consists of 80000 gallon outdoor snorkel adventure, zip line and adventure course. Phase two will feature 18000 gallons of indoor and outdoor exhibit space. It is learnt that shark cage encounters and interactive stingray experience will be the prominent features of St Augustine aquarium.
St Augustine aquarium’s zip line and adventure course will include a collection of aerial elements. A full service family restaurant will be attached along with the privately funded aquarium. According to the opinion of county officials, multipurpose interactive aquarium based in St John’s County will offer an enjoyable experience to city residents. This project will give a new dimension to travel and tourism industry of Florida. Design and construction of interactive aquarium will start as soon as possible. The mission of St Augustine Aquarium will be conservation through education. As per the popular conviction, once people have the chance to experience the magic of underwater world, then they will understand how critically it is and St Augustine aquarium reflects the same principle.
Via [News4jax]

Anaheim Business Features Colorful Live Coral Varieties

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Anaheim based business Reef Lounge is known for featuring colorful varieties of live corals. There are more than three hundred varieties of live corals here-the widest collection of saltwater invertebrates in Orange County. Jimmy Tao operates Reef Lounge with his son, daughter and few part time employees. Prices of coral at Reef Lounge range from $5 to $700, according to shop owner. Different varieties of soft, hard, and stony corals are available at Reef Lounge. Tao is very happy to explain about different kinds of corals to his customers especially first time buyers. “He is always upfront and honest about what you need to do to maintain your work”, tells a customer about Jimmy Tao.
Tao had operated a pet fish tank in Miami and California during mid eighties. Online orders of Reef Lounge increased steadily in the recent years thanks to Tao’s farsightedness. Customers can get tanks, corals, ornamental fish and tank cleaning equipment from this Anaheim shop. Mr Tao owns a five acre farm in Indonesia where he grows coral in small colonies. Customers of coral colonies showcased at Tao’s outlet usually replace their old saltwater tanks with new tanks. “There is no such thing as favorite because every piece is unique”, Tao narrates about his coral reef collection.
Via [Orange County Register]

San Francisco Shop Transforms Fish Tank into an Ecosystem

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San Francisco based shop owned by brothers transform fish tank into a lush ecosystem. In Aqua Forest Aquarium, a shop located in Japan town of San Francisco, typical conventions about an aquarium fall away. It features canopy rain forest, driftwood, rocks, expansive vistas and freshwater shrimp. Harmonious and beautiful ecosystem offered at Aqua Forest Aquarium attracts many visitors. The shop owned by brothers Steven and George Lo was opened in the year 2005. Both of them were aquarium hobby enthusiasts ever since their childhood days in Taiwan.
Aqua Forest Aquarium portrays aquarium as a natural representation. Steven and George Lo drew inspiration from Japanese photographer Takashi Amano who specializes in picturing aquascape. George’s background in biology and Steven’s background in industrial design made Aqua Forest a stylistic visual feast. It replicates a natural ecosystem and components are really simple. Some of the tanks placed at this San Francisco shop are as large as one hundred and sixty gallons. Mosses, grasses and stemmed plants grow at Aqua Forest Aquarium. Its placement of rocks, woods and plants essentially create a wide array of microhabitats. The Japanese art of stone placement named Iwagumi is a very important component of aquarium design at the San Francisco shop.
Via [SF Gate]

Russia Cancels Import Duties on Smolt

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Russia has cancelled import duties on fish eggs and smolt for aquaculture enterprises. According to an official release of Ministry of Economic Development, the zero rate is set for three years. As Russia’s aquaculture sector doesn’t possess sufficient base for smolt production, the government’s decision is very important. Russian companies can import smolt and fish egg duty free from other countries as soon as the law is enacted. Import duty of smolt in Russia was fixed at 10 percent and that of fish egg at 8 percent. As per information available from aquaculture market, high import rates inhibited fish production in Russia.
“Ten percent is a tangible figure. We are purchasing millions of salmon youngsters”, says a representative of a Russian fish farming organization. Embargo and weakening of national currency had put Russian aquaculture sector in deep trouble. Hence, the cancellation of smolt import duty will be a great relief to fish famers of Russia. Many prominent fish farming organizations in the country are planning to start smolt production. A company named ‘Russian Sea’ will start a smolt unit with a production capacity of eight to ten million smolts per year. Russia imports fish egg and aquaculture from Scandinavian countries especially Norway.
Via [ Barents Nova]

New Finding of FAO on Relation between Food Supply and Fisheries

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According to an analysis of Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO), fisheries and aquaculture support the livelihoods of 10 to 20 percent of global population. The report says that fish farming will increase fifty percent by the year 2022. FAO research report explains, “Fisheries and aquaculture sector provided jobs for sixty million in 2012. Out of them 84 percent was employed in Asia followed by Africa with about 10 percent. With the world population expected to reach 8.2 billion people, the food supply will be a growing challenge”. The latest UNO economic analysis of food supply presents projection of food supply up to 2030.
The FAO analysis is supplemented with the proposed methods in fish cultivation. It was mentioned in an earlier FAO report that uptick in fish production will be a solution for malnutrition. Seafood is a foodstuff with all natural sources of iodine, says a fisheries scientist. Impact of aquaculture development is very deep in world countries especially in the poverty struck African countries. Other important findings of the report are as follows.
• Fish contributes more than fifty percent of animal protein intake.
• Fishery resources are an important source of both macronutrients and micronutrients for humans.
• Fresh water fish are a unique source of long chain omega-3 fatty acids
Via [Next Big Future]

Local Fish Farmers in Zambia Urged to Strengthen Partnerships

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Aquaculture Development Association Secretary of Zambia urged fish farmers in the country to strengthen partnerships with distributors and retailers. He said industry would grow definitely if fish producers stood as one unit. Zambian Aquaculture Development Association Secretary Christopher Chiwenda wants to ensure that competition in fisheries industry is favorable with importers. Current annual national fish consumption of Zambia starts at 130000 metric tons and Government of Zambia is trying everything possible to increase production. With the continued depletion of fish in water bodies, development of aquaculture activities became very important as far as Zambian economy is concerned.
Zambian Aquaculture Development Association was formed very recently with an objective to form policies aimed at increasing fish production and diversification of aquaculture activities. Fish farmers, trade representatives, and government agencies of Zambia will work in tandem with aquaculture development association. Owners of aquaculture companies such as Lake Harvest, Yalelo, and Kafeu Braems will be members of the organization. Fisho Mwale, proprietor of Yalelo (Leading Producer of Fish Tilapia in Zambia), will be the new chairman of Aquaculture Development Association of Zambia. It is expected that aquaculture association will initiate a new era of development in Zambia fisheries sector.
Via [Zambia Daily Mail]

Morganfield Resident Uses Aquaponics to Grow Lettuce and Onion

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A resident of Morganfield hit the headlines for using Aquaponics to grow lettuce, onion and celery. Marvin Butts, a person engaged in jewelry and repair business, is conducting a rare aquaculture experiment using Aquaponics. Mr Butts is interested in growing 100 percent organic vegetables in his farm. He uses goldfish in his aquarium, but almost all kinds of fish can be used for Aquaponics. In aquaponic, water from fish tank is pumped to the hydroponics system where the fish waste is broken down and used as a plant nutrient. After that the water is re circulated to the aquaculture environment. Marvin Butts uses flat trays to hold water for growing the aquarium plants.
Although Marvin uses a 12 hour grow light for his plant, window light or sun light may be enough. His experiment proves that any individual interested in growing vegetables does not need even a garden plot or yard. According to Marvin Butts, even disabled people can opt for Aquaponics as their hobby and passive source of income. An online article on Aquaponics attracted Butts into his innovative aquaculture experiment. He has invested significant time in setting up an aquaponic farm growing celery, onion as well as lettuce. Marvin’s lettuce is harvested at an interval of 30 days and celery takes much longer.
Via [Courier Press]

Aquarama 2015 Event Will Showcase Best Ornamental Fish

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14th edition of Aquarama-international ornamental fish, aquatic plants, invertebrates, and accessories trade exhibition will be held in May 2015 at Singapore. It has attracted exhibitors, trade representatives, aquarium hobbyists and general public ever since its launching. UBM Media Singapore is the principal organizer of the much anticipated event Aquarama 2015. Aquarama will foster links between home aquarium industry and public aquaria. Round table discussions arranged as a part of Aquarama will include a panel of experts including exhibition committee members, government officials, industry leaders and livestock suppliers. Public can attend a session on “Engage, Influence and Collaborate: Maximizing Synergies of the Public and Home Aquarium Industries”.
Debate, seminar and question answer session will be organized in the upcoming event of Aquarama. Artificial reproduction techniques in sharks, prolonged transportation of manta rays, and initiative to promote home aquarium fishes will be the core theme of Aquarama 2015. IUCN Species Survival Commission, International Freshwater Fish Specialist Group, and Global Zoo and Aquarium Community are the participating organizations of Aquarama 2015. Environmental and social economic benefits of ornamental fish farming would be discussed during Aquarama 2015. Fish competitions and fish farm tour mark the high point of the upcoming aquarium event. Organizers of the event UBM Media focuses on cruise tourism, information technology and retail aquarium business.
Via [PR Newswire]