Sea And Reef Releases Longfin Snow Storm Clownfish for the First Time

Sea and Reef has just released the 11th designer longfin clownfish.  The new fish is a longfin version of the very popular Snow Storm Clownfish. As Manny aquarists know, longfin clownfish are not new to the hobby, but Sea & Reef’s new Longfin Clownfish have a much different look to them. Their longfin clownfish have long flowing fins with a rounded, more even outlines. This sets them apart from the typical longfin strain that display jagged, stiff fins with uneven edges often observed from other clownfish breeders. The reason for the different look of Sea & Reef’s longfin clownfish is due to different genetics. It was bound to happen that the Storm Clownfish gene and the Longfin gene were to meet at some point. Marine Biologist, Soren

Stony Coral Tissue Loss Disease in Dry Tortugas National Park

Sad news to report on corals today – Stony Coral Tissue Loss Disease—an infectious, water-borne disease that impacts hard coral species and damages entire reefs—has been found on corals in Dry Tortugas National Park. Until now, Dry Tortugas National Park was the only remaining section of Florida’s Coral Reef without the disease. While doing a routine survey on May 29, the park’s Coral Response Team observed the telltale white lesions (see photos). The team immediately applied the most effective treatment available, an antibiotic paste, to the infected corals. As of now, the disease appears to be concentrated to just one area near the southeastern boundary of the park, approximately 2.5 miles east from Garden Key, where Fort Jefferson is located. The last survey on May 6 showed no evidence

Has Deadly Blast Fishing Finally Met its Match?

Philippine fisherman Jocel Cabansay uses a bottle of sand to show how illegal fishing makes use of dynamite to catch fish.SOURCE CHRISTOPH SATOR/GETTY When there’s an underwater explosion, “it feels like the entire ocean collapses on you,” longtime diver and environmentalist Terence Lim says. Diving in Malaysia’s waters for 25 years, he has felt the pressure waves from fishermen’s homemade bombs and seen how explosions turn once vibrant reefs into rubble. Though outlawed, this explosive fishing method is common in Southeast Asia and along the Tanzanian coast due to its extreme efficiency. Now, after decades of largely futile attempts to crack down on blast fishing, environmentalists and marine scientists are turning to what they believe could prove the missing link in their efforts: acoustic data

Ocean Cleaning Device Succeeds in Removing Plastic for the First Time

A huge floating device designed by Dutch scientists for the non-profit Ocean Cleanup successfully captured and removed from the Great Pacific Garbage Patch, the company announced Wednesday. Ocean Cleanup has been working hard to improve its device and attack the plastic waste environmental crisis for seven years. The device that captures plastic in its fold like a giant arm, according to Business Insider. The company announced that it was able to capture and hold debris ranging from large cartons, crates and abandoned fishing gear, lost netting and other debris and microplastics that are as small as one millimeter, according to an Ocean Cleanup press release. “Today, I am very proud to share with you that we are now catching plastics,” Ocean Cleanup founder and CEO
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