I was sort of pondering the state of the hobby in a recent philosophical moment, and I realized that we are at a sort of “crossroads” in the hobby and industry, with very real pressures on us from outside forces who know little of what we actually do. As a group, marine aquarium hobbyists have a good sense of the responsibilities that come with acquiring and caring for aquatic animals, don’t we? We understand the impact of irresponsible collection, improper handling, and incompetent husbandry on the animals we love. We’ve worked very hard to elevate the state of the art, promote responsible stewardship of precious natural resources, and perpetuate the species that are under our care. Most importantly, we’ve worked hard to communicate responsible practices to others, both within- and outside of -our small, but growing community. Yet we still seem to be the easy target for critics who seek to assign blame for the degradation of natural reefs, don’t we? We’re the “low-hanging fruit”, so to speak. More: Pushing For A Positive Future. The Responsibility Of Being A Reef Hobbyist.