News / Company News / Surfs Up! Wild Weather in the Tropics (10/26/2006)

Surfs Up! Wild Weather in the Tropics

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Surfs Up! Wild Weather in the Tropics
As expected, with the change of the seasons comes the Fall/Winter ocean swell and the havoc it wreaks with our collectors. Certain species that are collected in the break zone are avoided due to the dangerous conditions and diving days are limited because of poor visibility. Last years horrendous hurricane season led to an inconsistent supply of Caribbean and Atlantic species and some of the industry staples such as Scarlet Hermit Crabs (Paguristes cadenati) and Peppermint Shrimp (Lysmata wurdemanni/rathbunae) were in very short supply.
The Hawaiian and South Pacific Islands always experience severe water conditions in the winter, consequently the supply from these areas is routinely affected. With attention to husbandry techniques and a consistent feeding regimen, Quality Marine prepares for these unexpected glitches in the supply line by maintaining higher levels of inventory to withstand temporary shortages of supply. In many cases where species are wide ranging we also utilize alternative sources so we are able to compensate for any unforeseen shortfall. The largest area of concern is with endemic species such as the Yellow Tang (Zebrasoma flavescens) that are only found within a narrow range and yet are in very high demand. These are the most difficult to compensate for in the event of severe collection conditions, as we strive to provide a specimen that meets our rigorous standards and finding good quality alternate supply from other collectors proves difficult. Again, a little planning on the part of the retail merchant and an increased awareness of husbandry practices will allow them to avoid being out of stock of the industry staples come the winter holiday season.