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Bob's Picks

I was going over the latest round of TSA regulations which will be enforced starting August 1 and was trying to get an understanding for how these will impact our industry. For those of you who are unaware of the upcoming changes, as a result of the 9/11 Act, effective August 1, 2010, all domestic cargo shipments and all international cargo shipments with destinations in the US will be required to be 100% inspected before they are transported on any passenger flights. What this means is that for many carriers, shipments will be required to be tendered at least 4 hours prior to departure for domestic flights and 6 hours for international travel. Also, in many cases where X-ray or other approved screening technology isnt present, boxes will need to be opened, physically inspected to be free of any dangerous chemicals or explosive devices, and then re-sealed. Knowing how transportation stress plays on the immune system of marine fish, if you add more time spent in the box with potentially increased handling during physical inspections, you can see the potential issues become apparent. Ultimately, this will most likely effect those who re-ship/transship their animals the most as already long transit times become even longer and more stressful for the animals. The need for more stringent husbandry procedures on both ends becomes even more of a necessity and critical for the animals.

If you are currently utilizing a wholesaler that rests their fish before reshipping then the impact should be quite minimal. In my book, truly resting a fish means properly acclimatizing them to a seasoned operational system that continually has an influx of livestock and a stable environment. In the case of Quality Marine, we do everything we can to keep stress to a minimum. It isnt until we observe normal behavior when we can initiate our feeding regimen. Once the specimens have begun to feed and body weight is good, they can then be evaluated as to whether they could withstand the next round of shipping stress.

Ultimately, previous methods of acquiring livestock in efforts to minimize cost are going to yield less desirable results and in many cases a highly compromised specimen. The health and proper treatment of our aquatic livestock should be the number one priority and it will be interesting to see how these new challenges will re-shape our constantly evolving industry.

From our Short Supply Chain in Tonga we have a great batch of Green Canary Blenny (Meiacanthus tongaensis). With good size and coloration, these less commonly seen Fang Blennies are a nice contrast to the Canary Blenny.

Our Australian collector sent over a nice selection of False Personifer Angels (Chaetodontoplus meredithii) and they are eating greedily. Get them while you can!

Another Aussie beauty, the Multicolor Dottyback (Ogilbyina novaehollandiae) our most recent batch are showing exceptional coloration and they are one of this week's Added Value Specials!

A flashy staple from the Red Sea, we have an ample supply of Purple Tang (Zebrasoma xanthurum) ready to go and fat. These highly active fish will help to control nuisance algae in your aquarium.

Have you checked out our exclusive supply of aquacultured (Tridacna derasa) clams from the Cook Islands? These are some really choice specimens and the color variation sets these apart from Derasa farmed in other locales .

Another awesome shipment of Open Brain Corals (Lobophyllia sp.) just arrived and there are some really unique pieces to be had. Be sure to have your CSR cherry pick a couple for you!