I Want a ZERO Eco-Impact Reef Tank!

Is it truly possible to create a saltwater reef aquarium that has zero impact on the natural ocean? Can you stock an entire 360 gallon tank with fish that are captive bred instead of wild caught? Corals that have been propagated on land instead of harvested from the ocean?

@Reef Builders Video “Coral Farming Workshop in the Solomon Islands can be viewed HERE.

Recorded Live on the BRStv YouTube Channel on 10/14/2021.

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What’s Scarier Than Indonesia and Fiji Shutting Down?

This Week in Reefing: Ryan and Randy discuss what the saltwater aquarium hobby might look like if the top coral harvesting locations were to shut down. Could the reef keeping hobby survive? Could we be self sufficient? Is there something we could do to help reduce the possibility of losing wild coral collection?

Recorded Live on the BRStv YouTube Channel on 10/7/2021

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MACNA TALK: Dr. Chad Callan: Using captive bred aquacultured to reduce pressure on the wild

Dr. Chad Callan is the Director of the Finfish Research Program at Oceanic Institute of Hawaii Pacific University (OI). OI has been a world leader in the development of applied aquaculture technologies for both marine fish and shrimp for over 50 years.

He has been at OI for over 14 years and has researched the culture of numerous marine fish species ranging from Mullet, Jacks, Rabbitfish and Groupers as well as ornamental species such as Dwarf Angelfish and Yellow Tang. In 2015, his lab at OI was the first to successfully culture the Yellow Tang, which is the most commercially important reef species in that region. His lab continues to refine the culture processes for this, and many other, marine species in aims to provide additional sustainable alternatives to their wild collection.

Go back and check out the full MACNA Talks 2019 playlist HERE on our YouTube channel!

MACNA TALK: Dr. Judy St. Leger: How hobbyists can help grow the ornamental aquaculture research

Dr. Judy St. Leger is a marine animal veterinarian that worked for SeaWorld. She started Rising Tide Conservation, a program to promote marine ornamental aquaculture as an alternative to collecting fish.

With the help of leaders in both the hobby and display aquarium fields, she is now the president of Rising Tide Conservation. In December of 2018, Dr. St. Leger left SeaWorld to focus on marine species pathology and to advance Rising Tide to the next level.

Go back and check out the full MACNA Talks 2019 playlist HERE on our YouTube channel!

MACNA TALK: Tamara Marshall: Scientific based tips and techniques for at home breeders

Tamara currently serves as the Director of Live Feeds at the Dallas World Aquarium. She entered the field of Live Feeds in 2002 beginning with her initial focus on Live Feeds and Larval Culture. Her expertise includes all key facets of the aquarium industry with experience in both retail and research arenas. She has extensive experience in the fields of coral propagation, live feeds and she has successfully bred demersal and pelagic spawners as well as invertebrates.

Tamara attained her Aquaculture and Fish Health Graduate certificate from the University of Florida in 2017. Her 2016 collaboration with the United States Geological Survey on breeding French Grunts enabled the USGS to expand their research on this species. She has instructed over 70 classes and workshops for beginner to advanced hobbyists on a wide array of saltwater classes.

Go back and check out the full MACNA Talks 2019 playlist HERE on our YouTube channel!

MACNA TALK: Matt Pedersen: Tips for turning your hobby aquaculture into a business, successfully

Matt Pedersen is a Sr. Editor & Associate Publisher with Reef To Rainforest Media LLC for the saltwater and reef aquarium publication CORAL Magazine, as well as the publications’ online presence at Reef2Rainforest.com.

He’s also known as a marine fish breeder, which brings us to his 2019 MACNA talk on how to turn fish breeding into a successful business. If you’ve ever considered turning your hobby into a business, Matt brings up some solid points to consider.

Go back and check out the full MACNA Talks 2019 playlist HERE on our YouTube channel!