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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.
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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.