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Earthquake Shuts Down Napa’s Only Fish Store

Francis YupangcoBy Francis Yupangco 5 years ago
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napaRunning an aquarium store these days is difficult enough as it is. Imagine trying to rebuild the business you worked so hard to establish after a devastating earthquake, when both you and many of your customers lost their aquariums. This is the unfortunate reality for Napa Valley’s ‘Aquatics World’, the only fish store in town. I wrote about this story on Reefs.com back in August, after the earthquake hit, you can read the article here. The damage seen in the video really shows the extent of the earthquake’s impact. The earthquake hit Napa on August 24, 2014, in the middle of the night. When Jacques surveyed the damage the next morning, out of 130 tanks, only 9 were still functional. With no power for days, recovery and clean up was difficult. Since the first article, the owner of Aquatics World, Jim Jacques, decided to close his doors at the end of September. With damage over $100,000.00 and many people in town deciding not to restore their own tanks after the quake, the losses were too much to sustain. Jacques is unsure whether he will be opening another aquarium store, in Napa or elsewhere, but doesn’t rule out the possibility.

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Francis is a marine biologist with an MBA and over 20 years of professional aquarium experience. Francis is the former Aquatic Development Manager at Hagen USA., makers of Fluval brand aquarium products. He co-stars on Nat Geo WILD's reality TV series Fish Tank Kings where he is the resident "Fish Geek" and was Director of Marketing at Living Color Aquariums. He is an avid explorer having visited over 45 countries and lived in 7. At 17, he was among the youngest aquarists ever hired by the Vancouver Aquarium, where he worked for 7 years. His aquatic biology experience ranges from larval fish rearing to the design, construction and operational management of renowned public aquariums around the world. Francis is currently head of marketing at the world's largest vertically integrated fish farming company.

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