The Sustainable Reefkeeper
Alex Rose is a biologist (BS and MS Biology), diver (PADI Divemaster), musician, underwater photographer, and lover of all things aquatic. Her driving goal is to find ways to protect our world’s coral reefs through diving, writing, education, and the establishment of a sustainable marine aquarium trade.
June 18 2015
Sipadan Part I: Exploitation to Conservation
The island of Sipadan is a classic example of what a few decades of heavy popularity can do to a once-pristine ocean paradise.
April 28, 2015
Understanding the Coral Triangle
The abundant resources of the Triangle directly support the livelihoods of 126 million people.
March 24, 2015
Lionfish: Friend or Foe?
The lionfish, invasive in the Atlantic, is a beautiful but still dangerous species.
March 4, 2015
Sustainable Aquaculture Venture in Palau
Biota, fully operational since 2012 drew attention when it successfully reared the bumphead parrotfish.
February 24, 2015
Sustainability and the Marine Aquarium Trade
Does the marine aquarium trade need to use sustainability as a goal for development and reform?.
February 12, 2015
Is it Time for Another Marine Aquarium Council (MAC)?
There is increasing interest and need in the trade for an organization that can help us fight our battles and work with us to improve the industry.
February 9, 2015
Scuba Diving Cuba
Cuba's reefs are still relatively pristine and teeming with life.
December 23, 2014
Holiday Reefkeeping Don'ts
Tips on how not to spend your holiday cash on impulse reefing buys.
December 6, 2014
Palau: Hope for the Future
Palau really is a special place. This country of 250 islands in the western Pacific Ocean is affectionately referred to as "Rainbow’s End” because scarcely a week can pass without seeing one.
October 10, 2014
Potential Endangered Species Act Listing of Percula Clownfish
If this were to happen, all legal trade in this iconic fish whether wild caught or captive bred, would end.
October 1, 2014
Reproductive Strategies in Reef Fish
Thanks to the ambition of dedicated hobbyists and organizations such as the Marine Breeder’s Initiative (MBI), the number of marine ornamental species bred in captivity increases each year.
September 12, 2014
Stocking Lavish Nano-Reefs
There are quite a few options to stocking your nano tank.
August 19, 2014
Stocking Micro, Nano, and Pico Reef Tanks
While micro and nano reef tanks can accommodate more species, livestock options for a pico reef are limited.
July 31, 2014
Amazing Advancements in Captive Breeding of Marine Fish
Advancements are being made every day in the field of marine breeding by professionals and hobbyists alike.
June 12, 2014
The Amazing Mantis Shrimp
Mantis shrimp are a lot more than just pests and are fascinating enough to be worthy of their very own species tank.
June 10, 2014
Underwater Clash Between Activists and Hawaiian Aquarium Fish Collectors
Anti-aquarium activists continue to attack the trade as the largest contributor to the degradation of the world’s reefs while ignoring the irrefutable ill effects of pollution, tourism, coastal development, and industrial fishing.
May 28, 2014
Tank Raised and Captive Bred Livestock
Both individual hobbyists who rear fish at home and companies that specialize in captive breeding are contributing animals to our trade
May 8, 2014
The Saltwater Aquarium Hobby: Why Wild Caught?
Although there’s a growing number of species that are either reared or raised in captivity, the majority of the animals in the aquarium hobby are still wild caught/collected.
April 15, 2014
Making "Blue" Choices When Stocking a Reef Tank
As consumers, we have the unique opportunity to shape the market in which our hobby exists.