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Bob's Picks

As I was sitting in Changi International Airport in Singapore this week I was reflecting upon all of the information I had taken in over the past 2 weeks. I toured a number of facilities that do not supply QM and I gained an even greater appreciation of our suppliers. It is clear that not all exporters are created equal and the result of each exporter is dependent on the vision and commitment to sustainability of the operator.

What really hit me was seeing, first hand, proof that Short Supply Chain practices reduce loss all throughout the chain of custody. It is so clear how SSCs consistently produce a stronger and more vibrant specimen. By reducing the amount of time an animal is in transit you also reduce the amount of stress they are subjected to, lessening the impact on their immune and nervous systems. Because heavily populated areas impact collection grounds profoundly, fishermen have to search for more secluded sites, not subject to the problems inherent in waters near large cities. This in turn leads to the lengthening of transit time and is the basis for many of the issues that can arise. While large, centrally located export stations offer the convenience of consolidating species from many supply chains, the trade off is extended travel times from the point of collection. In addition, Short Supply Chains offer the benefit of better traceability and affords more opportunity to get needed information back to the collectors.

This is why we utilize Short Supply Chains wherever possible. It is our philosophy that in doing this it helps us to consistently have the best supply and the highest quality marine specimens the industry has to offer.

From our Short Supply Chain in the Maldives we got in some excellent sized Dracula Gobies (Stonogobiops dracula). These are an awesome looking shrimp goby that will pair up with the Red Band Pistol Shrimp (Alpheus randalli.)

Our MAC certified Short Supply Chain in Fiji supplies one of the best Sixline Wrasse (Pseudocheilinus hexataenia) in the industry. These come in very fat with vibrant coloration, be sure to check these out!

From our source in the Caribbean we have a limited number of Horned Blenny (Parablennius sp). These are reputed to graze on Aiptasia sp. anemones so here is another species to add to the arsenal.

Our Indonesian supply line sent us some very nice pieces of Green Hammer Coral (Euphyllia ancora). Take advantage of these as they wont last long.

We have a great selection of both wild collected and aquacultured/maricultured soft corals in stock. Be sure to have your Customer Service Representative give you the scoop on whats hot this week!