WPA Announces Major Donation To Coral Restoration Foundation

by | Mar 10, 2014 | Conservation, Corals, Science | 0 comments

Just days after Fluvals’ announcement, the World Pet Association(WPA) is demonstrating its’ support to a very worthy and important cause; the Coral Restoration Foundation.CRF

The Following is the WPA press release:

Monrovia, CA, March 08, 2014 –(PR.com)– World Pet Association is proud to announce that it will again become a corporate “Patch Reef” level sponsor, donating $25,000 to the Coral Restoration Foundation (CRF). The funding will be used to cover costs to grow “threatened” staghorn coral (Acropora cervicornis) and outplant nursery-raised colonies to a reef offshore Key Largo named “White Bank.” This reef is one of the most popular snorkeling sites in Key Largo with tens of thousands of snorkelers swimming over the shallow area every year.“It is our hope that our support will be very conspicuous to those who visit White Bank, while making a lasting impact on the fish and invertebrate life there,” said Doug Poindexter, President of World Pet Association.The Coral Restoration Foundation’s mission is to restore corals throughout the Florida Keys, Caribbean and beyond. The CRF has a strong connection to the aquarium trade as Ken Nedimyer, founder and president, was a marine life collector and wholesaler for over thirty years before turning to offshore coral aquaculture for restoration purposes. Some of the coral propagation techniques presently used by CRF also originated in the reef aquarium hobby. WPA will be presenting the check to CRF at noon on March 12, 2014 at Global Pet Expo in the Boyd Enterprises booth 1448. Press is invited to attend. The World Pet Association (WPA) is the oldest industry organization promoting responsibly growth and development of the companion pet and related products and services. WPA works to inform and educate the general public in order to ensure safe and healthy lifestyles for our animal friends. WPA is the host of America’s Family Pet Expo, the world’s largest consumer pet and pet products expo, held annually in Costa Mesa, California. The organization also produces SuperZoo, an annual pet industry trade show that showcases a comprehensive collection of exhibits and offers a variety of informative educational seminars. SuperZoo 2014 will be held at the Mandalay Bay Convention Center in Las Vegas, Nevada July 22-24. The Coral Restoration Foundation Inc. (CRF) is a 501 (c) (3) non-profit conservation organization. The mission of CRF is to develop affordable, effective strategies for protecting and restoring coral reefs and to train and empower others to implement those strategies in their coastal communities, restoring and preserving these aquatic treasures for future generations. For more information or to help support CRF please visit www.coralrestoration.org
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Jessica Guzman


  • Francis Yupangco

    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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