Boston Reefers Meetings are open to all Paid, non-paid and prospective members(family friendly environment)
The next meeting of the Boston Reefers' Society will be: on Sunday, October 19th
, 2014 noon to 5:00pm NO PATRIOTS FOOTBALL THIS DAY!
The location is: Framingham Elks 450 Union Avenue, Framingham, MA
Rhett Talbot-Sustainability of the Hobby
**All topics and times subject to change at any time**
12:15-Newbie Class Presented by our own Past President Moe Kirby (click here to be brought to the newbie class thread)
1:15-Break for lunch
1:30-Ret Talbot-Sustainability of the Hobby
Water Testing-see details below-(Link for Water Testing)
Fish Goo Sign Up-(Link to sign up for fish goo)
Meeting Sponsors - Boston Reefers own Membership-Donate a frag to the raffle and you can set up a tank for free. (Aquaculturist/Frag Farmers-NON BUSINESS ONLY)
Yard Sale Tables for $20.00 or equivalent+ donation to the raffle table.
There will be the usual frag swap at the end of the meeting. A frag swap thread will be posted separate in "Reef Talk" for those members wishing to trade frags
There will be many great raffle prizes offered up to support the club by our sponsors and members. Items will be posted as we get closer to the meeting date.
**NEW ADDITION TO THE MEETINGS IS A KIDS ACTIVITY TABLE**
Ret Talbot's - Bio
Ret Talbot is an award-winning freelance writer and photographer who frequently covers fisheries at the intersection of science and sustainability. He is best known for his data-centered, investigative pieces in publications like Discover Magazine and CORAL Magazine. His multi-part series on sustainability and the aquarium trade in CORAL, as well as his book Banggai Cardinalfish (Reef to Rainforest Media 2013), has brought attention to the socio-economic and environmental benefits of a sustainable aquarium trade, as well as the need for comprehensive aquarium trade reform. He has authored hundreds of articles on the aquarium trade, and he is author of The Complete Idiot's Guide to Saltwater Aquariums (Alpha 2009). Most recently, he has been covering the Endangered Species Act listings and proposed listings of popular aquarium animals, and his talk will be a sneak peek at his upcoming feature article in the Nov/Dec issue of CORAL Magazine. He lives in coastal Maine, where he blogs regularly at his own Good Catch Blog (www.GoodCatchBlog.com
Ret's Talk will include:
Two of the most popular aquarium fishes are now under status review for Endangered Species Act (ESA) listing, and 20 coral coral species, including several popular aquarium corals, were recently listed as threatened. What does this mean for the aquarium hobby and trade in the United States? There is a lot of heated rhetoric and hyperbole that makes it difficult to answer this question accurately. Is this an all-or-nothing fight that will either result in preserving an unchanged hobby or ending it altogether? Or is this a situation where collaboration and compromise could yield an even stronger aquarium hobby better aligned with reef conservation goals and with a more certain future? Ret will share his experiences traveling in source countries, interviewing people on all sides of the issue and parsing trade data. He will take you inside the aquarium trade and the ESA and give you the information you need to make an informed critical decision about the future of the marine aquarium hobby.
Added Special Treat:
Karen Talbot will also be on hand to share some of her scientific illustrations of reef fishes. A limited number of prints will be available for sale at the event, but if there a specific print you want, please email her at firstname.lastname@example.org
so she can be sure to bring it with her. Her work can be seen at www.KarenTalbotArt.com
Karen Talbot is an award-winning conservation artist known primarily for her lifelike, fine art paintings and scientific illustrations of fishes, birds and botanicals. Splitting her time between the rocky coast and brook trout streams of midcoast Maine and the mountains of western Wyoming, Karen takes her inspiration from oceans, streams, canyons, and mountains where she regularly dives, fishes and climbs. An ardent conservationist, she aims to educate through her art, and she donates a percentage of sales to help conserve wildlands (and waters) that inspire her. Karen works in a variety of media, including watercolor, pen & ink and acrylic. Collected by anglers, divers, birders, scientists, and anyone passionate about the beauty of the natural world, Karen's artwork can be found worldwide at art shows, galleries, retail stores, restaurants, trade shows, and fishing tournaments, as well as in books, magazines, hotels, and clients’ homes.
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