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Bob's Picks

Continuing where we left off last week, our shipment is now packed and ready to be delivered to the airlines for transport to a US importer. The transit time should have been thoroughly researched and selected based on the shortest possible travel period and weather conditions throughout transit. There are very few export stations that have access to direct flights to the U.S., so there will most likely be a transfer involved. A typical transfer will require approximately 2 hours to complete. You can also add to this the required amount of time for the shipment to be tendered prior to departure (2 to 6 hours) and the arrival and clearance process (2 hours minimum). Any shipments that contain Cites listed specimens will require permit validation at the point of export. Every country has different requirements regarding the export of live animals so additional documentation may be needed on top of this all. As you can see theres more to the transit time than what you see on a flight itinerary. I didnt even mention that some exporters have a two hour or longer drive to get to the airport.

Another aspect to consider during the travel process is your point of transfer, if needed. Ideally these should be located in regions that are not presently or forecasted to be subjected to extreme weather conditions so the shipment is not exposed to inclement conditions or held up because of them. Weather can impact shipments by causing take-off or landing delays which in turn could cause a missed transfer. For stations that have once-a-day flights this could add another 24 hours to the journey.

Once the shipment arrives at its final destination in the U.S., it still must clear U.S. Fish & Wildlife, U.S. Department of Agriculture, and U.S. Customs. All consignments are subject to examination by any one of these government branches. This part of the journey can be a long process and in some cases can take as long as 45+ hours from start to finish. This is another part of the journey where it pays to have the fish be in the best possible shape prior to shipment. When combined with proper packing and handling techniques you minimize the stress on the fish and increase the likelihood that they will arrive in great shape into the US.

This week saw us receive a spectacular Purple Tangs (Zebrasoma xanthurum) that are eating well and ready to go. These beauties are difficult to source right now, so get them while they last.

From that same supply line we got in a good batch of Radiant Wrasses (Halichoeres iridis). These come from the same region, and thus are also in limited supply right now. Get these quick.

For the first time in at least a couple years we got in a good number of MAC Lori Anthias (Pseudanthias lori) from our Central Pacific SSC. These are doing very well, and we have an excellent lot price on them. You won't find a rarer, cooler Anthias at anywhere close to the price.

On the invertebrate side of the house, we have a very nice selection of Aquacultured Metallic Green Hammer Coral (Euphyllia ancora). These are showing very healthy polyp extension and great coloration.

We visited one of our vendors last week and took the opportunity to hand pick an amazing selection of corals for the coming week. Between the Trachys (Trachyphyllia geoffroyi) we just got in and the killer selection of Australian Scolys (Scolymia australis) that we have on hand, you are going to want to call your sales rep to have them select you some choice pieces.