"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.
Maximus Hogfish, Lachnolaimus Maximus, Successfully Aquacultured by UF/IFAS Indian River Research & Education Center
At the end of January 2020, Dr. Ohs’ Lab at the UF/IFAS Indian River Research & Education Center successfully aquacultured the maximus hogfish, Lachnolaimus maximus! This species is considered a food fish, but is also displayed at public aquaria. Broodstock Harems were formed with 4-6 fish in 1500 gallon tanks.
UF/IFAS TAL Continues to Advance Aquaculture Protocols for Melanurus Wrasse, Halichoeres melanurus
Update: 21 February 2020 From UF/IFAS TAL PhD student Casey Murray: The Melanurus wrasse cohort is currently 139 dph and we settled collectively 78 individual wrasses from that single batch of eggs. Here are a few pictures of one from today (this one measured approximately 3.5cm/1.44in total length (TL)): Update:
New Graduate Student at UF/IFAS IRREC
We are thrilled to introduce you to the newest M.S. Graduate Assistant that will be working with Dr. Cortney Ohs at UF/IFAS IRREC Aquaculture Laboratory in Fort Pierce, FL. Kathryn “Katie” McCord to the lab as a new M.S. Graduate Assistant. Kathryn graduated in 2015 from Kennesaw State University with a Bachelor