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Gulfport City Council Plans an Interactive Aquarium

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Gulfport City Council is planning to build an interactive and educational aquarium of global standards. According to City Mayor, the proposed aquarium will be located near to downtown Jones Park. City Council of Gulfport approved $14 million to buy ten parcels of land including property of Marine Life Oceanarium. It is learnt that City Council will hire a firm to carry out market analysis of upcoming oceanarium. Setting up of an aquarium equipped with global facilities will be a great benefit for Gulfport city’s travel and tourism industry. David Kimmel, former chief executive officer of Georgia Aquarium will serve as the consultant of Gulfport aquarium project.
Aquarium project of Gulfport City Council will be funded by Federal Government, State Government and private organizations. They are planning to make it a finest piece of real estate development in Mississippi. Another well known aquarium in Gulfport Marine Life Oceanarium was destroyed in Hurricane Katrina of 2005. In the viewpoint of Gulfport city officials, interactive aquarium has great significance as an economic development model. Gulfport Mayor elaborates, “We are about 5.2 million to 5.3 million in a 150 mile radius. If we can make this thing happen, it is going to be a benefit for generations to come for our entire region”. Many prominent real estate developers based in Mississippi have already expressed their interest in the project.
Via [Sun Herald]

Baltimore Aquarium Opens a Permanent Exhibit

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Baltimore National Aquarium has opened a new permanent exhibit Blacktip reef. This exhibit is the largest kind of Indo Pacific reef found across the globe. General Curator of Baltimore National Aquarium, Jack Cover, is overseeing the operations of newly opened exhibition center. Sharks, rays, unicorn fish, tangs, angel fish and diamond fish are the marine species displayed at Blacktip reef. Efforts of Baltimore National Aquarium in recreating reef species are appreciated by aquarium hobby enthusiasts of the country. Blacktip reef at Baltimore National Aquarium is divided into microhabitats such as a cave. Clay scale model making and 3D printing were performed to recreate faux coral.
Table, brain, staghorn and branching are the major types of coral reefs featured at Blacktip reef. It took one and half year to complete Blacktip reef exhibit, according to Baltimore National Aquarium chief. They bought many types of fish from different suppliers located in Australia. Mission of recently opened permanent exhibit is to inspire conservation of aquatic treasures and Indo Pacific reefs. Frequent visitors of Blacktip reef say that it is an amazing and very special place. National Aquarium Baltimore is a nonprofit organization dedicated to protecting and preserving the ocean and all its inhabitants.
Via [National Geographic]

Puffer Fish Featured in National Geographic Heads to Tynemouth Aquarium

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Puffer fish featured in National Geographic Channel moves into new home at Tynemouth’s blue reef aquarium. This porcupine puffer fish is the lovable pet of Tynemouth aquarium employees. Shrimp and squid are the most important items in the food menu of puffer fish which got the status of a celebrity after featured in National Geographic. He is equally favorable to visitors of Tynemouth aquarium, most famous marine exhibit in United Kingdom. Behavior of this puffer fish named Billy was extraordinary that he got fan mails from different geographical territories ranging from America to Africa.
Although Billy was relatively young when he came to Tynemouth aquarium, he has been steadily growing then. This puffer fish enjoys the attention given to him by aquarium staff members as well as visitors. According to marine scientists, puffer fish develops a close relationship with their keepers. Billy learnt how to fire water jets at aquarium staff to let them know he is hungry. Employees of Tynemouth aquarium are busy with spoon feeding their favorite puffer fish Billy. An official of Blue Reef aquarium says, “Billy has now reached a size where he can confidently fend for himself alongside the sharks and the rays in our tropical fish tank. He has actually settled in very well and has already started establishing his own territory”.
Via [Chronicle Live]

School Teacher Incorporates Marine Life Exploration into His Classroom

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Brandon Rutherford, a teacher at Stratton Elementary School, incorporates marine life exploration into his class room. Students of Rutherford are knowledgeable about husking corn and different varieties of coral reef. He set up fish tanks, equipment and livestock at his school with an investment of $60000. Stratton Elementary School is now home to 300, 120 and 90 gallons fish tanks. Brandon Rutherford hopes that his initiative will become a long term experiment in science education reform. Enthusiasm of students on seeing fish tanks in their school premises surprises teachers of Stratton Elementary School.
Rutherford’s experiment proves that many avenues of education and learning emerge from marine project. He bought a fish tank in his school for the first time to settle an issue created by students with behavioral problems. This incredibly talented teacher’s idea is relevant now as the new set of scientific instruction is implemented across schools in USA. Next Generation Science Standards focuses on learning in general and various skills that go along with it. Stratton School’s classroom gives their kids an opportunity to learn more about things such as microorganisms. A fifth grade student of Stratton, Savanna Olson is excited about her new role as Project Manager, Coral Reef Venture of Stratton School. Brandon is quite different from other school teachers who believe that their duty is over with covering prescribed syllabus.
Via [News Gazette]

Aquascape Exhibit Held at Conservatory of Flowers, San Francisco

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An exhibit titled “Aquascapes: The Art of Underwater Gardening” was organized at Conservatory of Flowers, San Francisco. It mainly featured carefully designed tanks filled with water, plants, rocks and fish. Gardens exhibited at ‘Conservatory of Flowers’ feature primeval forests, verdant valleys and abstract art. These types of Aquascape exhibitions are organized in different parts of the world and they are truly crowd puller events. It is extremely popular in western countries where outdoor gardening is not at all possible. According to Conservatory of Flowers, San Francisco officials, the exhibit serves as a great inspiration to Aquascaping lovers.
Importance of Aquascaping in apartment gardening made them well known among American urban population. Many people who attended “Aquascapes: The Art of Underwater Gardening” hope that aquascaping lets a person express his artistic talent in a visible manner. Tanks showcased at San Francisco exhibit were from Africa, Asia and South America. The aptly titled exhibition makes use of native plants, rock, hardwood, and fish to evoke a blazingly awesome landscape. Aquascaping associations and competitions are very common in United States of America too. San Francisco underwater gardening exhibit will end on 12th April 2015. Tanks in “Aquascapes: The Art of Underwater Gardening” show are filled with fresh water.
Via [SF Examiner]

African Cichlid Has a Memory Span of Up to Twelve Days

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A new study has shown that African cichlid has a memory span of up to twelve days. Researchers trained the fish to go to one end of a tank for food before they allowed them to rest for twelve days. When the fish were returned to the tank, they spent more time in the area they associated with being fed. The cichlids were able to replace a previously learnt memory trace with a long term memory. Result of the research study gives vital information about complex mental abilities of cichlid.
Research report on cichlid behavior was presented at Society for Experimental Biology’s annual meeting. African cichlid is a highly popular fish for aquarium owners all over the globe. Study conducted by scientists of Mac Ewan University, Canada reaffirmed aggression behavior of cichlids. Lead scientist of the research team further explains, “There are many anecdotes about how smart these fish are. This is very exciting because it demonstrates that this species of cichlid is capable of forming a reinforcement based association and holding it in memory for a long period of time. Furthermore, this memory trace can be forgotten and replaced by a new long term memory”. Diet list of African cichlid includes snail, small fish, and insects.
Via [BBC]

Tanzania Plans Diversification in Aquaculture

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Deputy Minister for Livestock and Fisheries Development in Tanzania has appealed to residents of Kagera region to diversify aquaculture operations. He advised fish farmers in the country to contact Tanzania Fisheries Research Institute for technical guidance on all aspects of fish farming. Tanzanian minister is hopeful of doubling aquaculture farmer income in Kagera region, one of Tanzania’s thirty administrative divisions. Fisheries Department of this African country blessed with abundant wildlife is encouraged to adopt cage pen based aquaculture. According to Tanzanian minister for fisheries, the country had exported 375160 metric tons of fish products. He directed district councils to formulate laws to safeguard aquatic resources.
Fish contributes forty percent of the total protein supply in Tanzania. As per information available with Tanzanian government, there has been an increase in fishing using banned gear in many locations of Lake Victoria. The minister expressed serious concerns about pollution of Lake Victoria caused by unplanned urban projects, poor coordination among government agencies, and lack of knowledge about the environment. Over thirty billion people in Lake Victoria Basin can improve their livelihoods if they utilize fish farming opportunities in Lake Victoria, Lake Tanganyika and Lake Nyasa. The annual sustainable yield for marine and island waters in Tanzania is 400000 tons.
Via [Daily News Tanzania]

Synthetic Astaxanthin is best for Salmonids

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An expert panel has found that synthetic astaxanthin is safe for salmonids and ornamental fish up to 100 mg/kg. The Panel on Additives and Products or Substances Used in Animal Feed was asked to submit a report on safety of synthetic astaxanthin. Astaxanthin is a pigmenting carotenoid occurring naturally in plankton, crustacean and fish. Its usage up to the maximum permitted dietary level for salmon and trout is of no safety concern to consumer. Sensitization due to astaxanthin is unlikely to occur subsequent to skin exposure. Inhalation toxicity risk associated with synthetic astaxanthin is very minimal for the formulation under assessment. Astaxanthin belongs to a larger class of phyto chemicals known as keto carotenoid.
The expert panel further explains, “The use of synthetic astaxanthin (100 mg astaxanthin/kg fish feed) does not pose a significant risk to the environment compared with natural astaxanthin. Astaxanthin is effective in coloring salmonids flesh and in pigmenting the skin of ornamental fish. The research report entitled as “Scientific Opinion on the Safety and Efficacy of Synthetic Astaxanthin as Feed Additive for Salmon, Trout, other fish, ornamental fish, crustaceans and ornamental birds” was completed based on a request from European Commission. The Panel on Additives and Products or Substances Used in Animal Feed is affiliated with European Food Safety Authority, Parma, Italy.
Via [The Fish Site]

Ornamental Fish Industry in Jamaica Poised for Miraculous Growth

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Jamaican minister for industry, investment and commerce say the ornamental fish export in the country is poised for miraculous growth. According to him, ornamental fish export will give the country much needed foreign currency. He was speaking at a ceremony organized by Jamaica Exporters’ Association emphasizing the need to tap full potential of fish industry. Ornamental fish industry of Jamaica is valued at $400 million. Constituency Development Fund and The Competitiveness Company has come forward to help Jamaican ornamental fish sector. It is expected that their contribution will revitalize micro enterprises in the country including fisheries.
Media reports indicate that Jamaica has a consistent supply of competitively priced fish. Jamaican minister’s announcement points towards the importance of developing a cadre of breeders with sufficient capacity to stock the farms and low input costs. He feels that fisheries sector in Jamaica needs a central export facility that can consolidate production, provide quality control, and packaging efficiency required for large scale commercial export. Newspapers and television channels highlighted Jamaican minister’s speech made at ‘Collaborate to Prosper’ project close out function. Ornamental fish industry will become a huge revenue generator for Jamaica, as flower industry became a major contributor to Colombian economy. Fisheries industry circles in Jamaica welcomes minister’s speech with great hope and enthusiasm.
Via [Jamaica Observer]

Dutch Inventors Design a Unique Fish Eco Farm

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Dutch inventors designed an eco farm which is a combination of fish tank and herb box. It lets people cultivate herbs and tomatoes using pet’s wastes. In this fish eco farm, dirty water containing waste is pumped into the grow bed to feed the plants which in turn clean water in the fish tank. It is a prominent type of hydroponics (Method of growing plants using mineral nutrient solutions in water without soil). As many people are worried about potential side effects of manmade chemicals, eco farm designed by Dutch inventors gain special importance. The eco farm is a closed loop ecosystem consisting of a tank topped with a special bed filled with stones.
“We believe that local farming is the first step to deliver fresh tasty fruits and vegetables”, said inventor of Fish Eco Farm. Many people wrote on internet discussion boards that their houseplants thrived well after using fish eco farm. Priced at eighty five pounds, Eco Farm costs fish tank, grow bed, pump, stones, gravel and seeds. Concept of injection molding is made use in fish eco farm, a byproduct of Dutch inventors’ creativity and farsightedness. Inventors of eco farm are raising funds on crowd funding website Kick Starter. The company expects to start production of eco fish farm in November 2014.
Via [Daily Mail]