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Get Together Ceremony of Florida East Coast Anglers Organized


A get together ceremony of anglers based in Florida was organized very recently. Avid anglers, conservationists, and aquarium hobbyists assembled at the get together function. It was named as ‘Protect Our Waters Fundraising Party’ themed on marine conservation. Some fish guides spoke on the occasion about changes they have witnessed during previous years. Representatives of Chevy Florida Insider Fishing Report and DOA Lures attended the event. Auction of fish guide’s services were organized as a part of the get together ceremony. Linda Goode conservation awards were presented during recently concluded Florida east coast angler’s meet. Grant Gilmore, Jody Palmer and Mike Coneen are the award recipients.
Anglers for Conservation have been organizing a fund raising campaign and get together ceremony came as a successor event. The live auction featured captains Mike Holliday, Jim Ross, Mark Nichols and Blair Wiggins. Guide services presented at East Coast Anglers meeting included lodging and full day fishing trip. Anglers for Conservation President Capt. Rodney Smith said,” The day today work done by the winners of the first Linda Goode conservation awards exemplify grassroots marine stewardship. Anglers for Conservation members greatly appreciate the up swelling of support we have received from Florida’s recreational fishing community”. Money raised will be used to support AFC’s educational programs for anglers.
Via [Examiner.com]

Batch of Living Fishes Brought Back on a Philippine Coral Reef


Deep diving explorers from San Francisco have brought back a batch of living fishes discovered on a Philippine coral reef. They succeeded in making a rare attempt that no other diver has made yet. Fishes had inhabited in Twilight zone, some 300 to 500 feet deep of the sea. The scientists were on a mission from National Science Foundation to explore deep sea life in its full breadth. According to their opinion, rich variety of marine species and corals in Philippine coral reef is unparalleled. Specialized breathing apparatus, snorkel, scuba gear, and remote controlled submersibles are necessary to explore sea life.
Corals and marine species take diving explorers into another world of excitement and euphoria. They got a rare chance to experience the charisma and beauty of coral reefs without losing its originality. Diving expedition of San Francisco scientists is aimed at protecting bio diversity of Philippine coastal area. Captain of diving team says that a single deep dive into a reef in the Twilight zone will take five hours in the water. List of fish items explorers brought back from ocean include cardinal fish, wrasse, basslets, and hogfish. “The deep reefs are like being in another world, a world we have known absolutely nothing about”, says one of the diving explorers.

Via [SF Gate]

Pacific Sun Debuts a Smart Pumping System


Pacific Sun has debut a smart and efficient pumping system named as Kore 5th magnetic stirrer. It keeps the solution in fresh condition by keeping them mixed prior to dosing. The stirrer can be adjusted on the move by smart phone app or PC based software. Official pricing and other specifications of Kore 5th magnetic stirrer has not been made public yet. Picture of the new pumping system has been published in some aquarium related blog sites. As per information obtained from market, Pacific Sun’s new pumping device is one of the best world has ever seen. Accessories of this innovative and modern pumping system will boost its efficiency in numerous ways.
Kore 5th magnetic stirrer eliminates the problem of solution settling on bottom of pumping bottle. Aquarium enthusiasts find the recently introduced pumping system as exemplary and simple. Magnetic stirrer present in Kore 5th is entirely different from stirrer found in other physical devices. Its wireless control software controls stir rate and times using modern technologies. In the blog photos which are just out, magnetic stirrer is seen as attached to acrylic rack. With the introduction of magnetic stirrer pumping system, Pacific Sun gives clear signal about their product diversification. Like its unique name, Kore 5th magnetic stirrer is absolutely different from its predecessors.


‘Fish Eye’ Features Gold Flake Maroon Clown


‘Fish Eye’ aquaculture introduces amazing gold flake maroon clown which has all the typical look and feel of clown fish. Exhibition of gold flake will be a fantastic visual enchantment for aquarium hobby enthusiasts. Gold flake pattern and blue dot above the eyes characterize a typical gold flake maroon clown. Although pearl eye feature is not very common among gold fish, it is prevalent among gold flake fish. These splendid fish varieties are not available to the public yet and it will be made available for sale very soon. Designer clownfish is the ever time pet of aquarium hobby enthusiasts in the country.
Appearance and traits of gold flake maroon clown are entirely different from traditional gold flake varieties. According to marine scientists, pearl eye feature can be noticed in amphiprion clarkii clowns. Premium gold flakes are exceptionally rare and their availability will be extremely limited. Beautiful transition phase of gold stripe maroons from white to gold fascinates fish lovers. Captive bred clownfish is a perfect companion for seasoned aquarists all over the globe. They will deposit eggs on a flat surface and defend eggs from other tank mates. Maroon clownfish diet consists of meaty food items and herbivores. White colored stripes of maroon clown gets converted into gold color as soon as they get matured.
Via [Reef Builders]

New Coral Dip Introduced in the Market


A new coral drip named DVH Coral Protec has been introduced in the market very recently. Coral Protec is a new iodine dip and is distributed by Aquarium Specialty. All types of pests and parasites can be removed using newly found DVH Coral Protec. Previous editions of popular coral dips failed in mitigating terrible effects of iodine exposure. DVH will keep away acropora eating flatworms, montipora eating nudibranchs, red flatworms and zoanthid eating spiders. As per market reports, it works well in the treatment of slow tissue necrosis. Coral Protec is a blend of natural extracts, chloroxylenol, and other antimicrobial compounds.
According to experts, DVH Coral Protec is an effective solution for rapid and slow tissue necrosis. It is suggested that a user should rinse his hands thoroughly after using the recently introduced coral dip. As DVH is considered as toxic to fish, it is recommended to rinse corals before drip usage. Coral Protec is a quick and convenient method of expelling all kinds of aquarium pests. DVH Coral Protec was a big hit in European market and it will continue success story in other global markets too. As per information available from the market, retail price of 20 ml bottle of DVH Coral is $12.99. Although there is no shortage of pest eradicating products in aquarium industry, DVH coral Protec has its own significance.

Via [Reef Builders]

Native Mussel in UK faces Threat from Freshwater Mussel


A new research study indicates that native mussel in UK faces threat from freshwater mussel. It is said that native mussel varieties will have to suffer devastating consequences in the near future. The research study was published in the Journal of Applied Ecology very recently. Number of quagga mussel in many locations of United Kingdom dwindled dramatically. Ponto Caspian shrimps based in waterways of England had eaten native shrimps. It is cited as a classic example of how one species benefits from another species in an ecosystem. The invading Ponto Caspian ate invertebrate and displaced native fish items such as already threatened bullhead.
A zoology professor at University of Cambridge explains, “In some parts of Britain, freshwater community already looks more like the Caspian Sea. The Norfolk Broads, for example, typically viewed as a wildlife haven, is actually dominated by Ponto Caspian zebra mussels and killer shrimps in many places”. Quagga mussel is a highly invasive non native species which affects water quality and clogging up of pipes. The report carries in depth analysis of field and experimental interactions between high risk invasive Ponto Caspian species. It gives vital information about positive reinforcement between marine species in waterways of United Kingdom. It is an undeniable fact that quagga mussel is deadly dangerous to aquatic system.
Via [The Fish Site]

Research Report about Birth Control Effect on Fish Population Released


A recently released research report points out that birth control pill may threaten fish population. As per report finding, introducing birth control pill in water created chain reaction in an ecosystem that wiped out a freshwater fish. Report of the research study conducted by Ontario’s Experimental Lakes Research Station was published in a recent issue of Philosophical Transactions of the Royal Society B magazine. It is reported that small amount of estrogen interfered with the ability of the fish to reproduce. The study determines whether estrogen would affect fathead minnow’s ability to reproduce.
Head of research team at University of New Brunswick says, “Right away the male fish started to respond to the estrogen exposure by producing egg yolk proteins and shortly after that they started to develop eggs. They were being feminized. It was unexpected that they would react so quickly and so dramatically”. There are several areas in Canada that have feminized male fish because of water sewage being released into water resources. Experts are of the view that problem of fish feminizing in Canadian rivers can be resolved with better waste water treatment. Larger effects of birth control pills were revealed only because the research study was conducted in a controlled environment.
Via [CBC News]

Trout Farming in Lesotho a Grand Export Success


Trout farming in Lesotho has another exciting story to tell and it is none other than success in export. Hundreds of tons of trout fish farmed in Lesotho have been exported to countries such as Japan as well as South Africa. Saga of success in trout export is cited as the best example of how Africa benefited from creative investments. Katse dam is the largest production center of trout fish in the African territory of Lesotho. A nursery housing thousands of trout eggs is functioning along with Katse dam. Fish farming created numerous job opportunities in rural areas of Lesotho where opportunities of formal employment are very rare. Training and skill development programs have been introduced among Katse based fish farmers.
Program of raising freshwater stream trout began in Lesotho around 2005. Five hundred tons of trout were imported from Lesotho in the year 2012. 80 percent of trout export of Lesotho goes to Japan, 15 percent to South Africa and the rest 5 percent to local markets. Lesotho’s experiment in commercial farming illustrates how fish farming can be converted into a lucrative activity. South African gold producer company Gold Fields made a huge investment in trout farming project. $5 per kilogram is the current estimated price of trout and it may vary slightly according to size and quality.
Via [BBC News]

Fish Production Center will be established in Angola


A farmed fish production center will be soon established in the African country of Angola. $14.7 million will be invested in the upcoming Kwando Kubango Hatchery Center. Aquafish Global Solution will carry out construction activities of the proposed hatchery. The objective of upcoming fish production center based in south Angola is to ensure food and nutritional security. Angolan secretariat of state fisheries was established in July 2014 underlining the importance of aquaculture in the country. Angola is pursuing all possible avenues to increase production in the aquaculture sector and diversify country’s revenue generating sources.
As Angola fishing sector provides a lot of job opportunities, it is an emerging sector of national economy. Fisheries Department of this South African country focuses on reducing loss of fish after capture. Their fisheries development program aims at methods of increasing fish catch, salt product and processing of fish food. Kwando Kubango Hatchery Center will work in close partnership with fisheries cooperative societies of the region. It is believed that setting up of Fish production center will give thrust to inland fisheries sector of Angola. “New fish production center is under aquaculture program”, tells provincial director of Agriculture, Environment and Forest, Kwando Kubango province. Aquaculture development is a top priority in the agenda of Angola national government.
Via [Macau Hub]

Bangladesh Tackles Poverty with Fish Farming


A new research study conducted by Bangladesh Institute of Development Studies says that commercial aquaculture helps poverty reduction in the country. After analyzing the fish consumption in Bangladesh during the time period 2000-2010, the researchers came to the conclusion that rate of fish consumption grew very quickly among poorest population. The study was confined to fish originating from aquaculture, inland capture fisheries and marine capture fisheries. It is a well accepted fact that aquaculture has the potential to contribute to poverty reduction and food security through number of methods. An official at Bangladesh Fisheries Research Institute agrees that an increase in farm fish production has a direct link to poverty reduction.
In Bangladesh context, increased output in fish resources definitely acts as an economic benefit to the poor. Bangladesh fisheries sector contributed 4.4 percent of national Gross Domestic Product and twenty five percent of agricultural GDP. The new research report will be published in the December 2014 issue of World Development magazine issue. Ben Belton, researcher at World Fish, is the lead author of the research study. Research report focused on the question of whether aquaculture has pro poor effects in terms of its impacts on fish consumption in Bangladesh. The country witnessed dramatic reduction in the proportion of population below upper poverty line.

Via [SciDevNet]