We (NMFS) announce a 90– day finding on a petition to list 83 species of corals as threatened or endangered under the ESA. We find that the petition presents substantial scientific or commercial information indicating that the petitioned actions may be warranted for 82 species; we find that the petition fails to present substantial scientific or commercial information indicating that the petitioned action may be warranted for Oculina varicosa. Therefore, we initiate status reviews of 82 species of corals to determine if listing under the ESA is warranted. To ensure these status reviews are comprehensive, we solicit scientific and commercial information regarding these coral species.
Public Aquarist Jay Hemdal covers a diverse range of fish health and husbandry topics in this “odds and ends” report.
In 1977, a major cold front struck the southeastern seaboard of the U.S. Snow fell in the Florida Keys and the water temperatures plunged in that normally tropical environment. Ken Nedimyer, a young reef fish collector from Key Largo, bore witness to the first of several events that, collectively, would drive the region’s most dominant species of coral to the brink of extinction. Ed Haag talks with Ken Nedimyer, CORAL November/December 2009.
Joe Yaiullo, “justjoe” in his online identity, is co-founder and curator of the Atlantis Marine World aquarium in Riverhead, New York. Unlike the curators of many public aquariums, however, Joe is also an ambitious coral-reef aquarist in his private life, and started as a hobbyist like thousands of others.
Public aquarist and author Jay Hemdal revisits Clownfish breeding with a copepod twist, using Tisbe sp. and Isochrysis in larval rearing.