Meme Purgatorio, packing and screening supervisor for the Papua New Guinea SEASMART Program, holds up a plastic cup containing a small Xenojulis species of wrasse. I can see Meme’s broad smile refracted through the seawater in the clear cup. “We call it the Gold Nugget Wrasse,” he says. The fish glimmers as sunlight streaming into the warehouse dances off a mosaic of colorful swirls and blotches. “It’s beautiful,” I say. “Where was it collected?” Purgatorio puts the cupped fish back in the holding system. “Taurama Village,” Meme says. “About an hour from here.”
Kalinay’s aquariums are an excellent teaching resource. A reef tank can be used to teach many science concepts in an interactive manner that engages students minds.
The Walnut Street Christian School’s 90-gallon reef is just one example of how the Reef Conservation Society’s growing Tanks in Schools program helps bring the ocean into classrooms around Pennsylvania.
Opinion on needed changes in the aquarium livestock industry and who the gamechangers might be.
Digital Edition of CORAL Magazine for May/June 2013 is live and available for reading online.