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.”
A genus of shallow-water Indo-Pacific stony corals, Echinophyllia’s roster of just eight known species has been joined by a newly described scleractinian from French Polynesia. The new coral is described in a paper by Francesca Benzoni from the University of Milano-Bicocca, Italy, and published in the journal ZooKeys on July 24, 2013.
This is an excellent, must-see video with a 3D animation of the mechanics of the smashing mechanisms displayed by Peacock Mantis Shrimp, Odontodactylus scyllarus. Imagine an invertebrate predator in titanium, and this is what you might get.
Isolated in the middle of the ocean, the islands of many Pacific Ocean nations in the tropics rely closely on fishing for their economy and food security. But a new French study suggests that global warming could dramatically reduce accessible fish resources over the coming decades.