"SAVING THE OCEAN ONE FRY AT A TIME"
Rising Tide Conservation is dedicated to enhancing sustainability in the marine aquarium industry by funding and promoting marine ornamental fish aquaculture research.
Aquaculture provides a sustainable source for aquarium fishes, and can reduce the impacts of wild collection on fish populations and the habitats where they live. Just a small percentage of marine fish species in the aquarium industry have been aquacultured, creating a need for research to develop and refine marine ornamental fish aquaculture methods.
We are committed helping meet this need by providing full and partial funding for aquaculture research, both to develop initial aquaculture protocols and to optimize aquaculture protocols for commercial use. We achieve success by working collaboratively with researchers, public aquaria, hobbyists, pet industry professionals, and conservation groups to continue increasing the availability of aquacultured marine ornamental fish species in the aquarium industry, for both hobbyists and public aquaria.
Additionally, we are supporting the next wave of aquaculture researchers and aquarists by funding graduate students and supporting professional development through internships and externships with our partners in the aquarium industry.
New Graduate Student at UF/IFAS TAL
Olivia Markham is a graduate assistant obtaining her Master of Science in Fisheries and Aquatic Sciences. Funded by Rising Tide Conservation, she is working with Dr. Matt DiMaggio and PhD candidate Casey Murray on marine ornamental aquaculture, focusing specifically on the Pacific Blue Tang and Flame Hawkfish. During her time
Updates on Aquacultured Copperband Butterflyfish, Chelmon rostratus, at UF/IFAS IRREC
UF/IFAS IRREC Successfully Aquacultures the Copperband Butterflyfish, Chelmon rostratus! 3 May 2021 23 June 2021 | Dr. Ohs Lab at UF/IFAS IRREC: The first cohort is 116 days post hatch (DPH) and all have adult coloration completely developed. Unfortunately, we recently lost two, both seemed to have swim bladder issues
UF/IFAS IRREC Successfully Aquacultures the Copperband Butterflyfish, Chelmon rostratus!
The UF/IFAS Indian River Research and Education Center, with Rising Tide Conservation, is pleased to announce the successful aquaculture of the copperband butterflyfish, Chelmon rostratus! This success was achieved by the hard work of Dr. Cortney Ohs, Katie McCord (RTC funded MS student), Morgan Bronson (MS student), Audrey Beany (Biologist),