US Fish and Wildlife Services in LA Warns Aquarium Companies that Importing 20 Coral Species is Illegal

Acropora lokani

UPDATE: The USFWS has acted in error and the corals can still be imported, business as usual. For more info, visit USFWS Errs but Aquarium Trade Still Spooked. Back in August, the National Marine Fisheries Service (NMFS) branch of the Continue reading

Percula Clownfish May Land on the Endangered Species List

Percula Clownfish

A big pile of something is about to hit a giant fan somewhere, and there is absolutely nothing you or I can do about it. Way back in 2012, the Center for Biological Diversity (CBD) filed a petition with the National Continue reading

Reef Fish Seen Swarming in Hawaii [Video]

Swarming Reef Fish Hawaii

With the entirety of the aquarium trade forever under the judgmental microscope of anti-aquarium activists, it’s wonderful when good news surfaces out of Hawaii, the epicenter of the on-going debate. In this video from Hawaii News Now, which features footage Continue reading

Florida to Ban All Pterois Lionfish Imports Beginning August 1st

Fuzzy Dwarf Lionfish

We keep harping on the lionfish invasion of the Caribbean Sea, Atlantic Ocean, and pretty much all waters surrounding Florida because it is a serious, ongoing issue with seemingly no end in sight. Despite the best efforts of scientists to Continue reading

Lionfish Shown to Tolerate Freshwater in School Science Project

Volitan Lionfish in Atlantic Waters

The effects of the lionfish invasion currently ongoing in Florida and surrounding waters look worse and worse each day, as research continuously reveals just how much damage the fish are causing on native fish populations. But the story has taken a new Continue reading

Coral Smuggler Jonathan Hale Sentenced in “Operation Rock Bottom” Case

Green Ricordea Macro Shot

It looks like “Operation Rock Bottom” has claimed yet another would be coral poacher. The federal probe targeted at the illegal harvest of marine life in the Florida Keys has led to a long list of arrests and convictions, with Continue reading

Colin Foord Leads Scientists on a Coral Saving Expedition at the Port of Miami

Corals Saved from Dredging

Coastal development has always been a big issue for coral conservation. Besides the nutrient runoff that occurs near inshore waters, constant development activities make life in the urban waterways extremely difficult, if not impossible. And for reef inhabitants of Biscayne Continue reading

More to the Underwater “Attack” as Sea Shepherd Simultaneously Launches Operation Reef Defense

Sea Shepherd Operation Reef Defense

A couple of days ago, we wrote about an underwater altercation in which Rene Umberger, a staunch anti-aquarium activist, reportedly filmed herself being attacked by an aquarium collector. As the story was told, she was there to monitor and video Continue reading

Australia Wipes Out 250,000 Crown-of-Thorns Starfish in Two Years

Crown of Thorns Starfish

The crown-of-thorns starfish has been one of the single most destructive threats facing Australia’s Great Barrier Reef. Its voracious appetite for hard coral flesh combined with its accelerated life cycle have caused massive losses to the tune of nearly 50% Continue reading