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We bring you another public PNWMAS announcement, the Annual summer MHSC visit is almost upon us and the day is set for this informative upcoming meeting. Last year the weather was wonderful making the trip to the Newport Coast fabulous for before and after visits up and down our west coast! Sid is doing his best to make sure we have access to their personal break area which includes an indoor and outdoor alcove with benches, picnic area, and a grill spot sporting a Weber BBQ. I recommend a potluck style event were you can bring a dish and sample others so bring something healthy, or bring something sweet, just bring something good to eat.

You all will want to save the date on the calendar for this one. 

June 30th 12:00 at the Hatfield Marine Science Center.

2030 SE Marine Science Dr, Newport, OR 97365

And for those of you who don't know the facility has had a recent overhaul a couple months back improving just about everything there is, so it should have plenty new to see even for those of us who have attended the previous years. And if all this wasn't enough reason to come out, the director Sid is going to take us to a different wing of the marine center and give us a personal hands on fish health workshop demonstration! Here are a few pics from last years killer presentation.

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Last year this was an amazing experience in which we learned a number of protocols implemented in a facility like the HMSC including skin scrapes, gill samples, microscope identifications, and health assessment.

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I mean who wouldn't want to get the knowledge and experience of this kind of nitty gritty tooth and claw kind of stuff!. There is much to see and learn here.

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Say AAAHHHH Mr. Wolf Eel, its time for your check up.

Looking forward to seeing you all there.

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This was loads of fun last year and the weather was perfect! Thanks Bert for getting this set up.

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This was a lot of fun and super informative last year.  Sid and his assistant (forgot the name, sorry) did a great job and it was pretty amazing to see a hands on health check on an adult wolf eel!  The eel had been caught inadvertently and was awaiting permission for reintroduction, if I recall correctly, so was getting a a bit of "dusting and cleaning" in the meantime 😃Great example of some of the important work done at the Hatfield.  Really interested to see what the reorganization and expansion has accomplished.

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Dang count me out again! Always wanted to see this one. But right about the time you are walking around the center, I’ll be diving off the reefs of Belize


Sent while trying to get my next coral fix.....

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9 minutes ago, Paratore said:

Dang count me out again! Always wanted to see this one. But right about the time you are walking around the center, I’ll be diving off the reefs of Belize emoji41.png


Sent while trying to get my next coral fix.....

As cool as this meeting will be , I think I would rather be in Belize !

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1 hour ago, Paratore said:

Dang count me out again! Always wanted to see this one. But right about the time you are walking around the center, I’ll be diving off the reefs of Belize emoji41.png


Sent while trying to get my next coral fix.....

Hard to feel too sorry for you here Cody!  Enjoy Belize!!!

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This looks like a lot of fun! Will plan on attending. 

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On 5/16/2018 at 5:23 PM, theDSBlack said:

This looks like a lot of fun! Will plan on attending. 

It's a lot of fun for me to host you guys! I'm very much looking forward to seeing some familiar faces and reconnecting with you all. I'll have some 'scopes set up and will be doing some kind of animal health procedure. Those that want to glove in and help out will have the opportunity to do so, as well. After the big Visitor's Center remodel recently, my lab is in a bit of a state of transition as well, with old systems coming down and new ones currently under development.

Please come early and spend some time checking out the new VC, too! It was a major upgrade and I think it will meet with your approval. We're pretty stoked about it. I'm also looking forward to whatever culinary delights the gifted chefs in this outfit are planning for this meeting. As mentioned, there's a Weber grill available, along with ovens for reheating, fridges for storing and staging and a nice courtyard area. Who knows? I might have to throw down and bring something to contribute to the potluck as well. Might even be edible.

See you soon! 🍺:crab:

Sid

 

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I’m excited. We’ll be there.


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Dang count me out again! Always wanted to see this one. But right about the time you are walking around the center, I’ll be diving off the reefs of Belize


Sent while trying to get my next coral fix.....

We will be diving in Belize this year but not until late December. One of our stops on a cruise.


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I'm going to try to make it again this year. We have guests in town that weekend, but I might convince them we should all head to Newport. 

Did the eel that had to be put under to feed end up getting released?

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6 hours ago, Jeremevans said:

 

Did the eel that had to be put under to feed end up getting released?

Nope. That animal is currently on exhibit and looking very good! Thanks for asking.

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3 hours ago, IntoTheMystic said:

Nope. That animal is currently on exhibit and looking very good! Thanks for asking.

I was wondering what happened to him. I recall you trying to find a home but we’re having a hard time and release required specific permission. Glad to hear he is doing well. 

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Hey folks!

If anyone needs formerly live rock to clean, cure and incorporate into your systems and you're planning on coming to HMSC in just a few weeks(!) , bring totes, buckets, clothes baskets and any other storage bins and load up while you're here. I have 200-300 pounds to liquidate, as, sorry to report, those tropical marine exhibits and holding systems have been taken down over the last several months due to budgetary/coverage considerations. As we all know, coral systems need a lot of extra time and money to maintain properly (especially if they are an exhibit) and these considerations ran right into the cold reality of budgetary constraints triggered by the recent remodel.

No one wanted these exhibits to go away, myself least of all, but no one wanted to allocate the funding to rebuild the systems or the infrastructure necessary for long-term success. So, here we are. I won't rule out the possibility for one or two coral exhibits sometime down the road (and I was really, really looking forward to building and maintaining an LPS system in my lab in the West Wing) but for now, the die is cast. If you've been jonesing for a bunch of live rock for an existing or upcoming system, please swing by on the 30th and load up!

See you then!

Sid

 

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27 minutes ago, IntoTheMystic said:

Hey folks!

If anyone needs formerly live rock to clean, cure and incorporate into your systems and you're planning on coming to HMSC in just a few weeks(!) , bring totes, buckets, clothes baskets and any other storage bins and load up while you're here. I have 200-300 pounds to liquidate, as, sorry to report, those tropical marine exhibits and holding systems have been taken down over the last several months due to budgetary/coverage considerations. As we all know, coral systems need a lot of extra time and money to maintain properly (especially if they are an exhibit) and these considerations ran right into the cold reality of budgetary constraints triggered by the recent remodel.

No one wanted these exhibits to go away, myself least of all, but no one wanted to allocate the funding to rebuild the systems or the infrastructure necessary for long-term success. So, here we are. I won't rule out the possibility for one or two coral exhibits sometime down the road (and I was really, really looking forward to building and maintaining an LPS system in my lab in the West Wing) but for now, the die is cast. If you've been jonesing for a bunch of live rock for an existing or upcoming system, please swing by on the 30th and load up!

See you then!

Sid

 

Thanks for letting us know Sid.  Sad to hear that these ultimately came down.  BTW - what happened to the livestock?  I recall there being a lot of yellow tangs in one of those setups.

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2 hours ago, albertareef said:

Thanks for letting us know Sid.  Sad to hear that these ultimately came down.  BTW - what happened to the livestock?  I recall there being a lot of yellow tangs in one of those setups.

Good question. Those fishes and corals went to colleagues in Portland, Detroit and Shreveport. I never lost sight of the fact that many of those corals and a few of the fish came to us by donation and felt a deep sense of responsibility to ensure that they would continue to be looked after by pros that I know personally. After they pass quarantine in each of those facilities, they will be on exhibit again, delighting people from all over the world. The legacy of this organization's generosity from over five years ago lives on and the reach of it has expanded significantly. Props to you all!

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2 hours ago, IntoTheMystic said:

Good question. Those fishes and corals went to colleagues in Portland, Detroit and Shreveport. I never lost sight of the fact that many of those corals and a few of the fish came to us by donation and felt a deep sense of responsibility to ensure that they would continue to be looked after by pros that I know personally. After they pass quarantine in each of those facilities, they will be on exhibit again, delighting people from all over the world. The legacy of this organization's generosity from over five years ago lives on and the reach of it has expanded significantly. Props to you all!

Thank you for the follow up Sid.  I knew they would be well taken care of but was curious where they ultimately landed.  Good to know that they will be returning to exhibits again to honor the original educational intent - thank you again for working hard to make that happen. 

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Sorry to hear about the exhibits shutting down and funding cuts. 

Sid It's a generous offer to give us rock.  I will make sure to bring something to put some rock in for TFT(to help out if no one minds) and maybe a few pieces for me as well.  I can't wait to come there at the end of the month, it's going to be fun!

 

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Bumping this to the top. The next meeting is only a couple of days away.  Looks like it's going to be a beautiful day at the coast, 60's and sunshine 

Looking forward to this meeting :clap:

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On 6/11/2018 at 6:48 PM, lewisriverfisherman said:

Sorry to hear about the exhibits shutting down and funding cuts. 

Sid It's a generous offer to give us rock.  I will make sure to bring something to put some rock in for TFT(to help out if no one minds) and maybe a few pieces for me as well.  I can't wait to come there at the end of the month, it's going to be fun!

 

Meant to mention that this is a really nice idea.  Having some rock to help get TFT tanks off the ground would be nice - especially if someone were able to cycle it ahead of time.

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On 6/11/2018 at 12:09 PM, IntoTheMystic said:

Hey folks!

If anyone needs formerly live rock to clean, cure and incorporate into your systems and you're planning on coming to HMSC in just a few weeks(!) , bring totes, buckets, clothes baskets and any other storage bins and load up while you're here. I have 200-300 pounds to liquidate, as, sorry to report, those tropical marine exhibits and holding systems have been taken down over the last several months due to budgetary/coverage considerations. As we all know, coral systems need a lot of extra time and money to maintain properly (especially if they are an exhibit) and these considerations ran right into the cold reality of budgetary constraints triggered by the recent remodel.

No one wanted these exhibits to go away, myself least of all, but no one wanted to allocate the funding to rebuild the systems or the infrastructure necessary for long-term success. So, here we are. I won't rule out the possibility for one or two coral exhibits sometime down the road (and I was really, really looking forward to building and maintaining an LPS system in my lab in the West Wing) but for now, the die is cast. If you've been jonesing for a bunch of live rock for an existing or upcoming system, please swing by on the 30th and load up!

See you then!

Sid

 

I could definitely use some rock for my existing system. Been wanting to add smaller rocks here and there and some rocks in the refugium could probably use 20-40 lbs depending on the pieces. 

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Well then, this dovetails nicely with the shameless plug/reminder I was planning on posting this afternoon.

 

For those that want and/or need formerly live rock, please make sure to remember to bring your totes, milk crates, bus tubs, dumpsters and other vessels to convey them! There might also be a few tanks available of different sizes looking for new homes.

 

See you all tomorrow at 12 for the meeting. If you'd like to come early and check out the Visitor's Center remodel, and it's a huge improvement lemme tell ya, the VC opens at 10 a.m.

 

See you all tomorrow. Looking forward to it!

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Would love to check it out early but we are an hour out so we shall see. 😀

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I am going to try and be there a tad early to take it all in, provided weekend coast traffic isn't too bad, it is looking to be a really nice day ahead of us.

See you all there.

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      If you would like, you can do your trading on the fly by just bringing by a few pieces and hoping that some one will have a desirable coral you want...Or better yet, you can post up what you have to trade and work out a preemptive exchange here on the forums, that method always works best for me. You can feel free to use this thread to post your trade-ables in or start a thread of your own.
      But First, let me get you some of Bert's basis tips for success here.
      1.) make an attempt to have a fragment of reasonable size and health and try and get things cut and ready a few days to a week ahead of time to have the wounds healed up for the exchange. And double/triple check for pest invertebrates or algaes before sending your corals out, we try to keep invasives to a minimum here...And once you get your frags home, just in case, always acclimate the specimens then dip the corals before you put them into your personal aquarium. QT Aquariums are best but good old Revive, Coral RX, Melafix, Iodine, or Bayer will do much better at prevention than nothing.
      2.) Try to package your corals appropriately. This can mean not putting a spiny coral like birds nest into a thin dollar store bag or not utilizing insulation on an extended cold or warm trip. Try a small cooler or Styrofoam. If you can't find either of these and the destination is a long distance, keep the vehicle air conditioned or heated appropriately. As far as packaging goes you can double bag and use thicker mil plastics, or something else like a Tupperware or specimen container. I have even used washed out yogurt or cottage cheese containers that stack well inside the coolers. Just use something that will work, nothing like losing a nice and colorful animal because the bag got too cold and leaked all the water out on the way home.
      3.)Do your best to be courteous and fair to one another by not take advantage of each others ignorance or generosity. These are people of all levels in the hobby so give them the benefit of your knowledge and experience instead of the cold shoulder. And speaking of generosity, that giving nature has always been smiled upon here at PNWMAS and pay it forward tends comes back around these parts.
      Well, the meeting is closing in fast, less than two weeks yeah. I believe Christian who runs the place will also be interested in doing some trades as well, I imagine he will post up in the forum here soon. 
      So Let's see em folks,  Whatcha Got!? Corals that is!
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