Help Support The Texas State Aquarium ‘Recovery Fund’

Francis YupangcoBy Francis Yupangco 4 years ago
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TSARecoveryFundLogoThe Texas Aquarium has launched a Recovery Fund to help replenish the fish which were lost through the recent chemical mislabeling disaster.  As most of you are aware, a mislabeling error of a chemical, which was thought to be a commonly used drug for the treatment of a pesky parasite, led to the massive fish deaths. As of April 14, the count for the total fish lost at the aquarium was 389. This was a devastating loss, which included male tiger sharks and multiple species of fish. The recovery fund was created by supporters trying to help the Aquarium.What’s pretty awesome is that your donation will be matched, dollar for dollar, until the Aquarium reaches $50,000 in donations. Wayne Squires, the CEO and founder of Orion Drilling, has committed to matching every dollar donated up to $50,000.00. Let’s hope this generous gesture, combined with the help of aquarium and marine supporters, will get the Aquarium back to capacity. But the Aquarium isn’t just waiting around for donations. On May 8th, 2015, the Aquarium will be hosting a Putt-Putt Golf Tournament inside of the Aquarium, with a cash bar, fajitas, and all proceeds going to the recovery fund. Putt-Putt in an Aquarium for a great cause? Sounds like a great event for a great cause.

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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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