Digital-Reefs.com was originally launched way back in 2005. After running for several years the website closed in around 2013 due to technical issues, time constraints and financial pressures, retaining just it’s Facebook page. In December 2020, a revamped and extended version of the website, plus attendant social media channels, launched. Now, based on a more robust hosting platform and operational model, the site continues to regrow with new content added regularly as we move through 2021.

Centred around award-winning aquarium imagery, the overall aim of Digital-Reefs is to provide high quality entertainment, education and information to reef-keepers and marine enthusiasts while promoting sustainable and ethical practices across the hobby and wider industry.

The site consists of 2 main areas. The first is the blog which features the latest marine hobby, scientific and conservation news, product reviews, industry and trade press releases, plus short education and entertainment items, videos, competitions etc. The second major area is the Marine Species Portal where users can browse or search a library of thousands of high quality images and information on all kinds of marine species that are typically collected for captive care. Arranged intuitively, content ranges from broad taxonomic overviews right down to individual species level care tips with links to the latest reference sources to act as a ‘jumping off’ point and facilitate research beyond the site. The database also features the facility for registered users to submit their own knowledge and experiences, and this engagement is actively encouraged to both broaden the knowledge-base and to create and give recognition to a new and powerful worldwide community of committed and objective hobbyists. All images in the database have been captured specifically by Digital-Reefs over the last 15-20 years and are presented in a manner which aims to facilitate clear identification (even while using the mobile version of the site) yet remain visually inspiring to celebrate the beauty, diversity and fascination of marine life. We are constantly trying to extend the number of species represented and to upgrade any older or lower quality images and please note that our content is also frequently submitted to and cross-checked by international experts so you can be sure that our information is of the highest quality and integrity. Given the complex nature of identifying certain organisms we clearly mark any species that we aren’t completely sure about. In some cases we’ve even encountered species that can’t be identified and these are contained in our unknown gallery for those who are interested in the really unusual!

Finally, a major part of our rationale for rebuilding the site stems from the growth of a plethora of websites, apps and social media sources in recent years, many of which seem to be built on a dubious level of knowledge and some of which use stolen images from around the web (including from the old Digital-Reef site). Whether you are a hobbyist or industry professional, we urge you to be discerning when selecting your ‘go to’ sources for research etc indeed for this reason we have included a dedicated ‘Links’ page where you can find a list of organisations that have earned our trust. We also apply this principle to any advertisers we feature on the site and take note that we do not run the site as a profit making enterprise as such. Any profit we do make, we donate a percentage to a legitimate reef-related charity of our choice at the end of the year

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