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Bob's Picks

Its amazing to me how small our world has become and how an event halfway around the globe can impact the flow of our industry. This week the top news story was the Royal Wedding in England and you may wonder, how could an event in Europe possibly disrupt the flow of marine fish from the tropics? Due to the influx of passenger travel in order to be a part of the Royal experience the trickledown effect led to cargo embargoes of perishable goods. Since Europe is a large importer of marine fish this has led to a logjam of sorts on the exporters side. This in turn has impacted collection as normal shipments are not able to move as usual. Big inventory leads to less need for additional stock which in turn impacts the collectors. Obviously if the collectors are unable to sell their catch, there is less enticement to keep on fishing until the demand returns.

The difficult part in all this is predicting how much will be needed once the flow of cargo resumes and how much time it will take to return to regular collection. Here at Quality Marine we minimize the impact these types of scenarios can produce by taking regularly scheduled weekly shipments from our trusted suppliers. By taking this approach our vendors know what our demand is and in turn we can maintain an unmatched supply, both in consistency and continuity.

From our MAC Certified Short Supply Chain in Fiji we received a very nice but limited batch of Purple Pygmy Anthias (Luzonichthys waitei). These are a very cool color variant and are doing great. If youre into Anthias these are a great catch.

Our SSC in the Maldives sent over some outstanding Klausewitzs Blenny (Ecsenius lineatus). I think this is an under appreciated fish and deserves more attention, so be sure to give one a try.

If you are in need of a schooling fish for a large display be sure to check out the Banana Fusilier (Pterocaesio pisang). These will require a good amount of swimming room and have a high metabolism but are worth the effort.

From the Florida Keys we received some very neat (Nerite sp) Snails. They make an excellent clean up item and the Black & White patterned shell is very appealing.

The Yellow Leather Corals (Sarcophyton elegans) from our SSC in Fiji have been arriving in outstanding condition. These have been amazingly polyped out in system and the color is great!