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Maui Ocean Center, Hawai’i

13.02.2022

Seascape restaurant to offer lunch to support local farmers and marine life. 

Maui Ocean Center’s Seascape Restaurant is pleased to  encourage sustainable dining for the community and a way to support marine conservation.

 

The Surfrider platinum-certified Ocean Friendly restaurant is inviting kamaʻāina to connect over locally sourced ingredients and a delicious 3-course prix fixe menu, all for the price of $25 per person.

 

For each lunch purchased, Seascape will donate $1 to the MOC Marine Institute.

 

The 3-course lunch starts with an Island Greens Salad with Upcountry vegetables, followed by Liʻi Liʻi Hanapaʻa, the morning’s freshly caught fish paired with Chef Henry’s seasonal accompaniments. The meal finishes with Maui ‘Ulu Pie, a delectable dessert featuring locally grown breadfruit, macadamia nuts, coconut, and local honey. 

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AQWA, Western Australia

22.10.2021

AQWA - Best of Breed!

In all our locations, accomplishing aquarium based breeding is a crucial element of the work we do and the Aquarium of Western Australia (AQWA), is no exception. 

AQWA has been successfully in both breeding and releasing back to the ocean a number of marine species including: Eagle Rays; Giant Cuttlefish; Seahorses and Smooth Rays.  These successes are testament to the hard work, every single day, from the team at AQWA, to make sure that we as natural conservationists, can help reduce the number of endangered marine animals.

The breeding program to date has been so successful that AQWA are now planning to breed the endemic species of Leafy Sea Dragons, having had unparalleled success in egg transfers in the Leafy Sea Dragon habitat.

At AQWA the curatorial team can observe at a close but safe distance, the behaviors and mating habits of endangered species and with this knowledge practice informed preservation of marine creatures.   

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Palma Aquarium Spain

23.09.2021

Shark Success!!

 

In January 2021, the collaborative agreement of nine concerned and environmental minded organizations and ministries to breed sharks, was launched. 

This pilot project has seen almost a full year of successful breeding of sharks under the care of the Fundación Palma Aquarium and the Cabrera National Park, with the hope that prosperous breeding would precede release into the wild.

 

Whilst these sharks are a threatened species, they are not on the critically endangered list, the long term goal of this project being to replicate this breeding program with other endangered species.

 If we can increase the shark population in the Mediterranean, we will undeniably have a healthier sea, as sharks provide the critical role of keeping balance, maintaining species diversity and removing the weak and sick from the water.

There are currently 29 sharks that have already hatched at Palma aquarium which continues under the watchful eye of Palma Aquarium experts. 

 

The Fundacion Palma Aquarium  is proud to collaborate with:

Ministry of environment and Territory, Ministry of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food, Small Mediterranean Islands, Marilles Foundation, Cabrera Interpretation Centre, Asociacion Shark Med , Mallorca Preservation and Save The Med Foundation,

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Underwater Observatory , Eilat

23.09.2021

Underwater Observatory heroes

 

Last week, the Divers Crew at the Underwater Observatory in Eilat discovered one of the largest  seahorses, 12cm long and caught in a fishing rope near the Underwater observatory .

Seahorses are highly vulnerable creatures in the sea as they are slow swimmers and sparsely populated. This is without the newer  threats of habitat loss, pollution, climate change and invasive species. 

Very luckily, the divers were able to release the seahorse in time and it returned to its freedom and normal life in the Red Sea.