Full Tanks & Empty Reefs:The Impacts of Hawaii's Reef Wildlife Trade ~With Rene Umberger

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Full Address
78-6670 Mamalahoa Hwy, Holualoa
Venue
Donkey Mill Art Center
Cost
Free Potluck, please bring a dish
Contact Phone Number
(808) 322-3362
Hawaii's most beautiful and unique reef fish are being drained from West Hawaii reefs to fill the demand created by mainland hobby aquarists. Few are aware that Hawaii is the world's third largest supplier of reef wildlife for household saltwater aquariums. Umberger will discuss the impacts of the aquarium trade on reefs and wildlife as well as efforts to address the issues.

Rene Umberger is a scuba instructor and underwater guide with over 10,000 dives on Hawaii reefs. She has been advocating for Hawaii's reef wildlife since 2007, founding For the Fishes and co-founding the Reef Rescue Alliance. In 2010 she led the Maui effort to regulate the aquarium trade for the first time at the county level, culminating in two laws providing the strongest protections for reef wildlife in the state. Her presentation on the impacts of the aquarium trade has been shared with community groups statewide, promoting understanding and stewardship for Hawaii's coral reefs and wildlife.

For more info go to: www.FortheFishes.org and www.ReefRescueAlliance.org