Jesus Larralde Memorial Fund

Austin LefevreBy Austin Lefevre 3 years ago
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jesusMost hobbyists never have interactions with marine life collectors. Our LFS rarely do either. It can almost seem that these fish appear in tanks out of the blue. Of course, we know the animals are collected somewhere, and shipped; but have you ever thought about the time and painstaking effort that go into collecting these animals in the wild? Have you ever thought about the inherent risk these collectors are constantly facing while submerged? One collector friend put it best, “The ocean in general is always trying to kill you.” (R.K., MACNA 2014) On Friday, May 13th Jesus Larralde lost his life while diving in the Bahamas. Jesus ran Farside Tropicals, a wholesale marine livestock facility located in Miami, FL. Jesus was one of those people that could inspire everyone in our industry. His passion for the ocean shined brightly while talking to him in person or online. He was a purveyor of sustainable collection and was one of the best in the field. His unborn son, Vincent, is due in June. Goodbye, my friend.

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Austin Lefevre founded and owns Aqua Box, a group of passionate professionals who bring unique aquarium systems to fruition worldwide and offer fully quarantined and conditioned fishes to the US retail market. Austin has been a bonafide fish nerd for his entire life. When the kids in elementary school were reading Dr. Seuss, Austin was reading Jacques Cousteau. He's been in the aquarium industry since 2002 working in local fish stores, coral farms, and headed up a fish breeding program. He's been an avid SCUBA diver since the age of 12 and consistently seeks new aquatic adventures.

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