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MASNA publishes three very good and important articles

By Leonard Ho - Posted Aug 23, 2016 09:00 AM
MASNA has published three must-read educational articles for reefkeepers. Two articles explain the hidden dangers of zoonotic dieseases and palytoxin - and how you can safeguard against them - within reef aquariums. The third article describes the terrible impact of releasing aquarium species into local waters.

 

From MASNA:


Three New MASNA Education Pages

 

MASNA is a non-profit organization composed of marine aquarium clubs, individual hobbyists, professional aquarists, and industry partners from North America and abroad, totaling several thousand individuals and organizations.

MASNA has created three new educational articles. These include an educational article on marine zoonotic diseases, an article on zoanthids and palytoxin, and an article on the impacts of releasing marine ornamental organisms.

  • The Marine Zoonotic Disease article (http://masna.org/masna-education/zoonotic-diseases/) teaches readers about what a zoonotic disease is, how they are spread, and what diseases are most common. The symptoms of Mycobacterium marinum, Vibrio vulnificus, Edwardsiella tarda, Erysipelothrix rhusiopathiae, and Streptococcus iniae are reviewed for both marine fish and humans. Finally, biosecurity and preventative techniques are provided to help marine aquarium hobbyists protect themselves and their pets against these diseases.
  • The Zoanthids and Palytoxin article (http://masna.org/masna-education/palytoxin/) details the sometimes forgotten highly toxic palytoxin that is found in organisms in the taxonomic Order Zoantharia. The origins of palytoxin’s discovery, in what corals it can be found, the symptoms of palytoxin exposure, and safe handling practices are all covered.
  • The Impacts of Releasing Marine Ornamental Species article (http://masna.org/masna-education/release-invasion/) outlines the transportation of organisms from around the world for the purposes of the marine aquarium trade. It then discusses the impacts marine ornamental organisms can have if they are released into the wild. Three individual examples of organisms are provided, which are the Lionfish (Pterois volitans and Pterois miles), the macro algae Caulerpa (Caulerpa taxifolia), and the Cup Coral (Tubastraea coccinea). The article concludes by covering what to do with unwanted marine ornamental organisms, and what steps to take if you see invasive marine ornamental organisms in the wild.


All three articles are geared toward education and presentation for hobbyist, club, and professional aquarists. The articles can be accessed for free at http://www.masna.org, and are made for immediate and easy dispersal. Additional information has been included in these articles in the forms of media and external links for those wishing to further their education and understanding of these items.   

If you would like to become a supporting member or sponsor of MASNA and our programs, please join us at http://www.masna.org/join-masna/. Your support will assist us in our goals to Educate, Assist, Support, and Encourage marine aquarium societies and hobbyists across North America.     

To contact us, please visit our website at http://www.masna.org, or email us at bod@masna.org.

Author: Leonard Ho
Location: Southern California

I'm a passionate aquarist of over 30 years, a coral reef lover, and the blog editor for Advanced Aquarist. While aquarium gadgets interest me, it's really livestock (especially fish), artistry of aquariums, and "method behind the madness" processes that captivate my attention.

Website: http://www.advancedaquarist.com.

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