Unseen Cryptopredators Drive Predation On Coral Reefs

Published in late November 2022 in the Journal Plos Biology, a study has found that fish predation on coral reefs is overwhelmingly dominated by small, diminutive predators. Through a survey of a staggering 32,218 fishes from 266 species, simulating 1 million potential predator–prey interactions, researchers discovered that the average fish predator that feeds on otherRead More

OFI disputes the negative impressions of the global aquarium fish industry made by Associated press

OFI disputes the negative impressions made of the global aquarium fish industry by Associated Press’s article on ‘Sparkling Fish, Murky Methods’. The publication painted an inaccurate status of the current global marine aquarium fish trade which damages the reputation of our industry with a far-reaching impact across the international aquarium trade. OFI president Shane WillisRead More

Explorers Shine Light On Pristine Deepwater Reef

Originally found in November 2021 during a diving expedition which was part of a global seabed-mapping mission called the Seabed2030 Project, a “pristine” 3km long coral reef has been discovered off the coast of Tahiti, French Polynesia. At depths around 30m, this is no ordinary reef. Instead, it is one of the largest “twilight zone”Read More

OFI Attends Nusatic 2019 in Jakarta.

Montfoort, 7 Decemer 2019 – OFI President, Shane Willis, and Vice President, Svein A. Fosså attended Nusatic 2019 at the ICE centre in Jakarta from 29 November to December 1. The show was well attended and larger than the previous year. The fish competitions included Bettas, Discus, Flowerhorn, and Koi, as well as an Aquascaping competition,Read More

UK: Microbead Ban Announced to Protect Sea Life

Microbeads. Image credit: MPCA Photos on Flickr. Used under Creative Commons.

UK Environment Secretary, Andrea Leadsom, announced plans 3 September to ban the sale and manufacture of cosmetics and personal care products containing tiny pieces of plastic, commonly known as ‘microbeads’. Each year billions of tiny beads end up in our seas from a range of products such as face scrubs, toothpastes and shower gels. TheseRead More

Coral Bleaching Taskforce: Most Severe Bleaching on Record

Coral bleaching on the Great Barrier Reef, March 2016

Aerial surveys of more than 500 coral reefs from Cairns to Papua New Guinea reveal that the most pristine section of the Great Barrier Reef is currently experiencing the worst, mass bleaching event in its history, with the overwhelming majority of reefs being ranked in the most severe bleaching category. Share:FacebookTwitterEmail