30 Yrs On… Indo Marine Trade Is Still A Mess

Can the Indonesian Marine Trade ever become sustainable? That’s the question asked in a recent report produced by the Indonesian Nature Foundation and published on the SAIA website.

Detailing the complex relationships that exist throughout the various different tiers of the trade, the report makes for compelling reading and is a must-see for hobbyists in our opinion. CLICK HERE to read the report (pdf).

Review: Amblard Livestock Import

Most often when you want to buy livestock for your marine aquarium, you’ll go to your local marine store where you’ll be able to peruse livestock in the tanks at your leisure before choosing your prized new specimens and taking them home. As you may already have realised, most shops don’t get these creatures direct from the ocean though… rather, they usually source their stock from one or more of a handful of specialist import operations. We thought it would be interesting to arrange our own direct delivery from one such importer to get a better appreciation of how our stock is handled during the often ‘unseen’ bulk shipment phase, from importer to retailer. Continue reading Review: Amblard Livestock Import

Video: Mantis Colour Vision Makes Aliens Look Tame

Mantis shrimp have got to be one of the most interesting of all reef organisms indeed new discoveries about these fascinating creatures seem to happen on an almost daily basis. Further to recent research that indicates they use similar ‘scanning’ eye movements to primates, a different team of researchers, this time from University of Queensland in Brisbane, Australia, have suggested that stomatopods combine these scanning eye movements with a previously unknown colour vision system.

Read the abstract in the journal Science

Glimmer Of Hope In Lionfish War

Collaborative research between scientists at Simon Fraser University, the Reef Environmental Education Foundation, and the Cape Eleuthera Institute has shown that reducing lionfish numbers at specific sites can allow for a rapid recovery of native fish biomass in the area, and to some extent may aid larger ecosystem recovery as well. It’s some of the first good news in a struggle that has at times appeared almost hopeless, as this voracious, invasive species has wiped out 95% of native fish in some Atlantic locations. Continue reading Glimmer Of Hope In Lionfish War

New Sponsor: Amblard

We are thrilled to announce that Amblard have come on-board as our latest sponsor! Since becoming established 15 years ago, the Amblard group has become a European leader in the import, acclimatisation and distribution of fish, invertebrates and aquarium plants. This company offers high quality, regular supplies of tropical and marine species from all over the world, whether wild-caught or captive-bred, common or rare, tropical or mediterranean. From their various fishing stations, breeding farms or the acclimatisation centre in Paris, they supply a wide range of carefully selected clients including various livestock retailers, public aquaria, oceanography museums and zoos.

For more detail on this sponsors extensive activites take the time to visit their website. Also, keep your eyes on the blog as we’ll be ‘testing their service’ by adding some Amblard livestock to our test tank in the near future. Don’t forget, if you’d like to see Amblard stock in your local shop make sure you ask next time you are in!

click here to visit this sponsors website!

Palau Corals Pass The Acid Test

In a development that has interesting similarities with our entry on Australia’s Kimberley Coast back in October last year, Ocean researchers from the Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution (WHOI) and Palau International Coral Reef Center (PICRC) have made two unexpected discoveries that could provide a valuable insight into corals’ resilience to ocean acidification, and aid in the creation of a plan to protect them. Continue reading Palau Corals Pass The Acid Test

Video: Fluorescent Reef Fish Revealed

More than 180 species of fish that glow in a wide range of colours and patterns have been discovered and documented by scientists. The research, led by a team from the American Museum of Natural History, shows that biofluorescence is common among a wide variety of marine fish species, and possibly used for a range of behaviour, including communication and breeding. As well as producing some stunning footage using highly specialised equipment, the results are published in the Journal PLOS One.

Mantids Look Just Like Us

Of the few creatures that are both loved and reviled in perhaps equal measure by marine hobbyists, Mantis Shrimp are a clear candidate for the number one spot. Despite having the potential to be a troublesome pest in a reef tank, there’s no denying that they are incredibly beautiful and interesting creatures, and this view is shared by Justin Marshall of the University of Queensland in Brisbane, Australia, and his colleagues. They’ve been studying mantis shrimp for years and, although a lot is already known about their vision, new information about how they use their eyes has recently been collected. Continue reading Mantids Look Just Like Us

Starfish ‘See The Light’ In New Research

image: Digital-ReefsAlthough frequently thought of as simple animals, research recently published in the journal Proceedings of the Royal Society B suggests that the eyes of the blue sea star (Linckia laevigata), can form rough images, preventing the animals from wandering too far from home. A popular but hard to maintain subject for established reef aquaria, Linckia sp. starfishes rely on coral reefs for food and Continue reading Starfish ‘See The Light’ In New Research