Marine Aquaria, Friend or Foe in Coral Reef Conservation?
Please join us for an overview talk on the data on impacts of the marine aquarium trade on coral reefs - this is a hot topic of debate in Hawaii, and Dr. Andrew Rhyne is an internationally recognized expert on the subject of the marine aquarium trade on coral reef conservation.
Dr. Andrew Rhyne has invested his career in understanding the phenomenon of marine ornamental aquaria: The biology of aquarium fishes and invertebrates, as well as the industry driven by human fascination for these creatures. As part of the solution to fishing pressures placed on wild-caught fishes and invertebrates to drive the industry, Dr. Rhyne has been advancing the field of marine ornamental aquaculture; developing methods for breeding and rearing popular species in aquaria. His body of work illuminates life histories, husbandry and larval rearing requirements for peppermint shrimps as well as copepods, the staple diet of wild planktonic larvae of many ornamental fishes and invertebrates. Dr. Rhyne pro-actively teaches others the skills that he has developed to support the development of marine ornamental aquaculture; both to his students as an Assistant Professor at Roger Williams University in Bristol, RI; and concurrently to public aquarium professionals as a Research Scientist at the New England Aquarium in Boston, MA. Dr. Rhyne received his Bachelor of Science at the University of North Carolina Wilmington, and his Master's and PhD degrees at the Florida Institute of Technology in Melbourne, FL.