“Nature is speaking campaign” gives refreshing and brilliant perspective on conservation topics

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“Nature is speaking campaign” gives refreshing and brilliant perspective on conservation topics By: Ashley Gustafson When the word “nature” comes to mind, everyone imagines something different. For some people it may be mountain ranges along the coast, while for others it could be the tropical rainforests of Sumatra. It could be an image of wild flowers along rolling plains or it could be a beautiful sunset on a … [Read more...]

MACNA 2016 in San Diego, Sept. 9th-11th

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2016 MACNA in San Diego, Sept. 9th-11th by Kayla Hoffer   September 9th through September 11th, the San Diego Marine Aquarium Foundation (SDMAF) – a non-profit organization that, through educational outreach, supports the local aquarium hobby, fosters new marine aquarium hobbyists, and furthers the advancement of captive bred marine ornamentals -- will be hosting the 2016 Marine Aquarium Conference of … [Read more...]

Health and Sustainability brought to you by the World’s Oceans

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Health and Sustainability brought to you by the World’s Oceans By: Ashley Gustafson While health and sustainability may seem like unlinked topics, in today’s society new research and publication has found a probable link between these two pressing issues: The Ocean. Health is without question currently a huge concern in the United States, with more than two-thirds of adults over the age of 20 considered overweight and … [Read more...]

Ecosystems under attack: The dangers of invasive species

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  An invasive species is one that causes ecological and/or economic harm to its new environment (NOAA 2014), and at any given moment there are some 10,000 being transported in ballast tanks ( Bax et al 2003). Lucky for us most of these potential  invaders die before they reach their final destination because of the dark and dirty conditions of the ballast tanks or the conditions in their new environment are not … [Read more...]

Stressed? Get An Aquarium!

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Stressed? Get An Aquarium! Great news for aquarium lovers: it’s not just a hobby or for aesthetics, it’s actually good for your health too! A new study offers evidence that watching fish in an aquarium reduces heart rate and blood pressure, leaving the observer more relaxed and with less stress. If you have ever sat and watched fish swimming gracefully through the features of their aquarium, or watched the corals wave … [Read more...]

The effects of plasticizers on aquarium life

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The effects of plasticizers on aquarium life By: Ashley Gustafson For many, home aquariums offer a sense of serenity to any room. Something about the movement of the water, the flow of fish swimming, and the gentle humming of the water filter radiate a sense of peace. Not to mention that the aquarium hobby itself is rewarding and fun. It may require a good deal of research, time, and substantial amount of money to … [Read more...]

On the Brink: Sea Turtles of the Coral Triangle

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Coral Triangle Covering hundreds of miles, the Coral Triangle is a reef located in the western Pacific Ocean. This vast area is home to 600 different varieties of coral as well as six marine species of turtles, all of which are considered endangered. Hundreds of millions of people live on the islands encompassed in the Coral Triangle (the Philippines, Indonesia, Malaysia, Papua New Guinea, East Timor, and Solomon … [Read more...]

Mindstream Video Demo Part 3

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In our third segment, we take a look at some of the behind the scenes testing tools the Mindstream team has been using to calibrate and test the Mindstream monitor. They have been trying in the lab to track known values and make sure the monitor follows the same readings. Parameter Forecasting One of the most interesting thing Jim shows on this segment is both the history and the trending that the software will do as … [Read more...]

Ocean Nightmares Will Always Feature The Anglerfish

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You might remember the scene in the movie, Finding Nemo, when Marlin and Dory, in their journey to find Nemo, drop a snorkel mask into the dark depths of the ocean. When they swim down to search for the lost mask, they encounter a single light source in the blackness which turns out to be the glowing light at the tip of an anglerfish’s antennae! Animation of course allows Marlin and Dory to escape the clapping jaws of … [Read more...]

Shark Conservation vs. The Media

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Shark Conservation Vs. The Media We have seen a lot of shark coverage in the media recently.  Last month the Discovery Channel aired their annual “Shark Week” - a week focused on documentaries and specials about sharks.  There have also been several news stories focused on a spate of attacks and sightings along East Coast beaches.  A surfer was filmed during competition fighting off a shark in South Africa.  But it begs … [Read more...]