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Submarine tours ended after submarine damages reef

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Paz Radaza, mayor of Lapu-Lapu City, Phillippeans, issued a cease and desist order against a submarine tour company, Yellow Submarine, due to submarines damaging reefs in the area. The order comes after a video posted to YouTube shows one of the company’s submarines colliding with a coral reef.

Source: Inquirer News
Photo Source: Cebu Living

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Using acid neutralizers to help ocean reefs

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Scientists in studying the Great Barrier Reef are testing the use of acid neutralizers in areas of the reef. Ken Caldeira, a climate scientist, has been studying the effect acic neutralizers have on raising the calcium carbonate levels in the ocean. He has been testing acid neutralizers in “bathtub” lagoon in the Great Barrier Reef, an area that is small enough to carefully measure variables in water conditions.

Source: NPR
Photo Source: National Geographic

Pacific East Aquaculture boasts semi-two faced clam

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Clams are common tankmates in a reef aquarium but it’s not very often a semi-two faced clam comes up for sale. Pacific East Aquaculture currently has a semi-two faced maxima for sale with a price tag of $299, which is about the top of the price range for clams.

Source: Aqua Nerd
Photo Source: Pacific East Aquaculture

Robots that repair damaged corals

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A team from the Herriot-Watt University’s Centre for Marine Biodiversity and Biotechnology is attempting to build a “coralbots,” an underwater robots that can pick up tiny pieces of healthy coral and transplant it in a place where the coral is not healthy, stimulating new growth. The robots will operate on software designed to identify healthy versus unhealthy coral.

Source/Photo Source: gizmag

Reef aquarium “hitchhikers” can cause serious injury

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Reef aquarium “hitchhikers,” or things introduced to the aquarium accidentally, can cause serious injury to reef aquarium hobbyists.


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Live Blogging: Sunflower Elementary Frag Swap

GARDNER, KAN. – Sunflower Elementary held its first frag swap this past Saturday, Feb. 16, as a thank you celebration for the community. Sunflower recently added a 220-gallon saltwater aquarium to its cafeteria. The tank was made possible by donations of time and livestock from members of the online reef community Salt-City. The children love the tank, said Dustin Mortenson, the principal of Sunflower, I clean fingerprints off the glass at least 5 times a day. Mortenson said that he encourages students to get up-close with the fish and the corals in the tank because its part of the hands-on learning experience. Mortenson also said that the children see things that adults miss because they are lower to the ground and closer to the glass. The frag swap was an opportunity for members of Salt-City a chance to meet each other, many of whom have only communicated with members online. Sunflower provided drinks and pizza, along with tables for members to display coral frags for sale and trade. Members brought more than 100 different types of coral to the swap to sell and trade. Frags for sale ranged from $5 to several hundred dollars and most trades were accepted. Many of the remaining frags at the end of the meet were donated to Sunflower’s tank. The frag swap took place on Feb. 16, from 12 pm to 3 pm at Sunflower Elementary School, in Gardner, Kan.

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Seized corals find new home at The Deep

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Corals illegally harvested in the Cook Islands have found a new home at The Deep aquarium, Hull, Yorkshire, United Kingdom. The corals were being transported through London Heathrow Airport, where authorities said the transporters had “invalid Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species documents.”
Source: BBC News
Photo Source: The Deep