Sanjay Joshi was born in 1959 and grew up in Bombay, India. At the age of 22 he emigrated to the US and now lives in Pennsylvania, where he is a professor of industrial engineering at Penn State University. Aside from his professional work, Sanjay has been a dedicated reef aquarist for decades, and because of his involvement in engineering, one of his special interests in the hobby is on the technical side: the lighting of coral reef tanks. For many years he has been analyzing and comparing the light spectrums of literally all the available lamp types used in this field. Lately he has been focussing on LED lighting.
On Saturday, July 14th, the first North American shipment of sustainably collected marine aquarium animals from EcoAquariums Papua New Guinea (PNG), Ltd. arrived in the United States. This marks the first opportunity since North American aquarists rallied around the new PNG aquarium fishery in late summer 2010 that sustainably collected animals from PNG will be widely available to Americans.
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.