reefs magazine

Winter 2011

Editor's Note - Winter 2011

So here we have it, the Winter 2011 issue of Reefs Magazine. This is our 11th issue, a number that I find astonishing as I remember quite well the early days and discussions about how, if, and when we were actually going to try and produce a magazine. I’m not really a numbers guy, but 11 looks to me like we found a way to make the commitment and get it done. 11 also looks like a pair of 1’s and while I was laying out the content for this issue I was struck by the natural pairings of the content before me. Our feature is from Scott Michael, the internationally renowned underwater photographer and preeminent marine aquarium fish authority who takes us on a piscine under water journey through the magnificent reefs of Milne Bay Province, Papua New Guinea. Chris Maupin’s Fish Tales piece focuses on the incredible coral reefs of Malakula, Vanuatu in the South Pacific. Together they form an idyllic vision of a coral paradise. Narrowing our focus to hobbyist concerns, we have a pair of articles from a veteran –Jake Adams, and a newcomer-17 year old Robert Loren, both of whom focus on different aspects of coral reproduction. Jake’s novel look at the Phoenix Effect in corals—the ability of corals to seemingly regenerate from nothing gives us a glimpse of some of the amazing and mysterious survival strategies corals employ. Robert details his experience propagating the beautiful, but delicate Heliofungia-something tells me that we are going to be hearing a lot more from “Bobby” in the future.  Fish fanatics have no fear–Matt Wandell and Simon Garratt are back providing a double-barreled account of keeping Dwarf Cardinalfish and Leopard Wrasse happy and healthy for the long haul.  I said I wasn’t a numbers guy, but I am at least skeptical that 7 is evenly divisible by 2 and that leaves us with one more article unpaired and alone-Rich Ross’ third installment of his Skeptical Reefkeeping series, where he tackles the notion of sustainability in our hobby. But wait, he does give ample time to sustainable efforts in Papua New Guinea, and isn’t that where Scott’s piece is centered? So can I pair these 2 pieces then, and if so, where does that leave Chris and my pairing formula?  Before I run off and ask my 10 year old to help me sort through these weighty numerical dilemmas, let me bid you happy reading and successful reefkeeping.  Randy