Feds Charge Two Men for Illegally Collecting Marine Life in Florida Sanctuary

Fish Heads Real Reef Live Rock

Here’s a story that is sure to cast some negative light on the aquarium hobby. According to the Miami Herald, two men are being charged for illegally collecting and selling (also illegal) wildlife that was taken from a marine sanctuary Continue reading

After Serving Time for Illegal Wildlife Trafficking, Ammon Covino Wants to Join the Austin Aquarium

Ammon Covino Idaho Aquarium

Ammon Covino, the co-founder of the Portland Aquarium and director of the Idaho Aquarium who was successfully prosecuted for his involvement in the illegal trading of marine animals, is back in the news for, you guessed it, his involvement with yet another Continue reading

AIMS Opens National Sea Simulator

AIMS National Sea Simulator

The Australian Institute of Marine Science, or AIMS for short, has been a crucial force in the world of coral research and species identification. They specialize in the Great Barrier Reef, as well as a couple of other areas, and Continue reading

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