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

Dozens of Huge Tridacnid Clams Seized from Vietnamese Fishermen

Seized Clams from Mengalum Island

Here is a very troubling story out of Malaysia. According to The Star Online, a group of nine Vietnamese fishermen were arrested for illegally harvesting dozens of giant clams whose combined weight totalled nearly 20 metric tons (almost 44,000 pounds). Continue reading

String of Prosecutions for Illegal Livestock Harvesting in Florida Tied to Single Investigation

Key Marine on Grassy Key

If you’ve been following the string of recent prosecutions and subsequent sentencing of operators of saltwater aquarium based businesses that we’ve been writing about, then you might be surprised to hear that many of those individuals are linked together as Continue reading

Vandals Strike Coral Reefs in Cebu, Philippines [Video]

Coral Vandalism

Sometimes there is just no explanation for people’s dumb actions. According to a recent story on the Philippine GMA Network, vandals have taken their love for grafiti to a whole new canvas…coral reefs. In Lapu-Lapu City, the Task Force Kalikasan Continue reading