Science AMA Series: We are Rising Tide Conservation and we are here for
the next four hours to talk about the first instances of aquaculture of
the Pacific blue tang (Paracanthurus hepatus)! AUA.
Hi Reddit, We are members of the Tropical Aquaculture Laboratory (TAL)
and the Indian River Research and Education Center (IRREC), two
University of Florida labs, who have aquacultured the Pacific blue tang
(Paracanthurus hepatus) for the first (TAL) and second (IRREC)
documented times. This species is the most commonly imported member of
the surgeonfish family at approximately 200,000 individuals per year.
Recent popular animated movies such as Finding Nemo and Finding Dory
have only increased the interest this species. Many marine fish species
are collected directly from the ocean’s reefs. Collection of the Pacific
blue tang can cause damage to the reefs where these fish live. Rising
Tide Conservation is a program designed to develop aquaculture for
marine fish to provide alternative sources for these beautiful animals.
You can read more about the journey here. Here are the pictures of our
babies (TAL)(IRREC). Ask us anything! Our bios: Eric Cassiano, biologist
at TAL who specializes in live feed production and larval rearing. Isaac
Lee, masters student at IRREC who works on marine ornamentals Andrew
Palau, technician at IRREC who specializes in live feed production and
larval rearing Carter Cyr, Masters Student at IRREC who worked on marine
ornamentals and sportfish Cortney Ohs, Associate Professor at IRREC
We’ll be back at 1 pm EST (10 am PST, 5 pm UTC) to answer your
questions, ask us anything! Edit: Cortney, Andrew, Isaac, Carter and
Eric here to answer your questions. Edit2: Thanks for your questions
/r/science. Hopefully we’ll be back again with more exciting news.