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      >From: <MACnews@...>
      >To: <bpotter@...>
      >Subject: MAC News 2nd Quarter 2004
      >Date: Sat, 10 Jul 2004 21:26:56 -1000
      >International Certification for the Quality and Sustainability
      >of Marine Aquarium Organisms … from Reef to Retail
      >MAC News 2nd Quarter 2004
      >Director’s Note
      >A sustainable trade and hobby in marine aquarium
      >organisms begins with responsible collectors who
      >are fishing from managed reefs. These collectors
      >must be knowledgeable and skilled in
      >non-destructive fishing techniques, post-harvest
      >handling, screening, packing, transport, dive
      >safety, equipment maintenance, record keeping
      >and more.
      >When MAC was established, the intent was for the
      >training of collectors to be largely undertaken
      >by partner organizations. However, experience
      >has shown that MAC must take a more direct role
      >in training to significantly improve the marine
      >ornamentals supply on a large scale and in a
      >timely manner. Moreover, we have learned that
      >skilled local collectors who have been properly
      >trained by MAC are the best suited to train
      >other collectors.
      >These MAC Trainers have the field expertise,
      >credibility and language skills needed to live
      >and work in a rural fishing community for the
      >months that it takes to train collectors
      >properly. MAC Trainers also are familiar with
      >ways unscrupulous collectors might try to get
      >around some of the requirements of the MAC
      >Standards, and so they are an important part of
      >improving compliance by collectors. As you will
      >read below, in the last three months, skilled
      >collectors in the Philippines have been
      >identified and 34 were selected and trained as
      >MAC Trainers. Ten of these collectors received
      >additional training to prepare them as team
      >Now, a long-term training program for collectors
      >is underway that involves these trainers and the
      >new MAC comprehensive training manual. The MAC
      >training program builds and improves on the
      >earlier efforts of other individuals and
      >organizations that have worked with marine
      >ornamentals collectors. It includes the
      >provision of nets and other materials and
      >ongoing support and monitoring for each selected
      >collection area. Training has taken place in the
      >Philippines, Indonesia and Fiji and will expand
      >in all these countries plus others. The results
      >of this effort will be seen in the months to
      >Philippines Update: MAC Launches Major Collector Training Program

      >MAC Develops Training Manual for Collectors
      >A manual to help train collectors to meet the
      >MAC Standard for Collection, Fishing and Holding
      >(CFH) has been completed and field-tested. The
      >manual aims to develop both knowledge and
      >skills. It is divided into eight modules that
      >cover an introduction to MAC, dive safety,
      >collecting gear and methods, post-harvest
      >holding and packing techniques, and
      >documentation. During field-testing in April in
      >the Philippines, some modules were presented in
      >colorful animated PowerPoint summaries in the
      >Tagalog language.
      >A collection of simple black-and-white line
      >drawings accompanies the text. The drawings
      >facilitate the training of collectors with
      >reading and writing difficulties. The drawings
      >will also be made available as a large flipchart
      >for use in coastal villages without electricity.
      >When the manual is used in other supply
      >countries where MAC operates, country-specific
      >components can be added, such as images of
      >locally caught organisms and information on
      >local regulations and procedures.
      >The MAC collectors training manual is a living
      >document. Following its initial use in 2004, the
      >manual will be revised and updated. During this
      >process, comments will be sought from interested
      >Collectors in Training to Receive Netting
      >A critical part of proper training is having
      >proper materials. For responsible marine
      >aquarium collectors, this means having the right
      >kind of nets. After a systematic search and
      >several field tests involving the collectors,
      >MAC has identified and is now providing suitable
      >netting to marine ornamental collectors in
      >Indonesia and the Philippines as part of their
      >training. Provision of the right type of netting
      >encourages the fishermen to use sustainable
      >fishing techniques.

      >Indonesia Update: Dive Safety Training for Collectors

      >Pacific Islands Update: Collector Training
      >Program Expands to the Pacific Region

      >North America Update: MAC Outreach to Retailers and Hobbyists
      >MAC Certified retailer Pat Donston of Absolutely
      >Fish (2003 Pet Product News “Retailer of the
      >Year”) joined MAC Executive Director Paul
      >Holthus to present a seminar on MAC
      >Certification at the Backer Spring Show in
      >Atlantic City in April. The 35 participants
      >heard Donston describe how MAC Certification
      >enhanced the performance of his already high
      >quality facility, with better animal health, a
      >staff-training program and an improved bottom
      >line. Donston will present the seminar again in
      >October at the Backer Christmas Show in Chicago.
      >At the second annual International Marine
      >Aquarium Conference (IMAC) in Chicago in May,
      >MAC North America Coordinator Mark Schreffler
      >staffed the MAC booth, where many subscribed to
      >the MAC News, and several hobbyists and
      >companies expressed their interest in MAC
      >Certification. MAC Board Member John Brandt
      >represented MAC at the Friday night roundtable
      >discussion on “Aquaculture, Responsible
      >Collecting and Captive Breeding: The Right Way
      >to Go.” On Sunday afternoon, MAC Executive
      >Director Paul Holthus gave a presentation titled
      >“What MAC Certification Means for Hobbyists.”
      >In June, MAC Executive Director Paul Holthus
      >visited four East Coast hobbyist clubs, in
      >addition to visiting Joe Yaiullo, president of
      >the Long Island Reef Association, with John
      >Link, vice president of the association and
      >director of Reef Central.. The trip included a
      >presentation to the monthly meeting of the
      >Boston Reef Society (BRS) followed by an
      >enjoyable afternoon with many of the BRS members
      >at a “tank moving” BBQ; a short introduction to
      >MAC at the monthly meeting of the Brooklyn
      >Aquarium Society (BAS); participation in a “tank
      >tour” of the Chesapeake Marine Aquaria Society
      >(CMAS) with CMAS President Mike Hossom; and a
      >lively discussion and evening meal with the
      >Washington DC Area Marine Aquarist Society
      >(WAMAS) Board. The visits highlighted both the
      >challenges and opportunities for MAC to work
      >more closely with hobbyist groups, which is
      >being met through improved and expanded outreach
      >In late June, National Public Radio (NPR) “Radio
      >Expeditions” aired a three-part series on exotic
      >fish species collected for aquariums and
      >restaurants. The program featured MAC
      >Philippines Country Director Aquilino Alvarez
      >and MAC training of collectors in the
      >Philippines. The report can be downloaded at
      >A five-minute video program on MAC Certification
      >narrated by Alexander Gould, the voice of Nemo
      >of Finding Nemo, has been finalized, and a
      >60-second version is in the works. The program
      >received enthusiastic responses from audiences
      >at the Regional Aquatics Workshop in May during
      >a MAC update by Board Member Doug Warmolts and
      >at the International Coral Reef Symposium in
      >Okinawa in June during a presentation by MAC
      >Executive Director Paul Holthus. The video and
      >other MAC informational materials have also been
      >included in the US Coral Reef Task Force’s
      >“Coral Reef Resource Roundup” CD. Retailers,
      >educators, public aquariums and marine aquarium
      >societies interested in a copy of the MAC video
      >program can send a request to

      >Europe Update: MAC Materials Available in German, French, Spanish and Italian
      >MAC informational brochures for hobbyists and
      >industry members are now available in German,
      >French, Spanish and Italian. These translations
      >are posted on the MAC website at
      >For printed copies of these documents, please
      >contact Peter Scott at
      >Mariculture and Aquaculture Management (MAM) Standard Under Review
      >Work on the MAC Mariculture and Aquaculture
      >Management (MAM) Standard is now well underway,
      >with the fourth draft of the standard provided
      >to the MAM Standard Advisory Group (SAG) in June
      >for review. With this draft, the vast majority
      >of the topics to be addressed by the standard
      >have been identified, following some excellent
      >interaction and input from the MAM SAG during
      >the review of the third draft. A complete draft
      >version of the MAM Standard will submitted to
      >the MAC Board for review and comment following
      >revision based on the June MAM SAG input.
      >While the MAC Standard review process strives to
      >achieve consensus, there will be areas where
      >this may not be possible. For example, there are
      >differences in opinion regarding genetically
      >modified organisms. It is the role of the MAC
      >Board and its Standards Committee to work with
      >the MAC Secretariat to sort through the
      >divergence of views on these issues and develop
      >a standard consistent with the role and mission
      >of MAC.
      >More than 50 individuals worldwide are members
      >of the MAM SAG. Additional persons wishing to
      >join this group should submit their name and
      >email address to
      >Upcoming Events
      >July 18-22: National Marine Educators
      >Association 2004 Conference (St. Petersburg,
      >Florida, USA)
      >July 21 and 24. MAC Informational Meetings for
      >Industry. The Florida Aquarium (Tampa, Florida,
      >USA) and Courtyard by Marriott, Fort Lauderdale
      >Airport & Cruise Port (Dania Beach, Florida,
      >USA). For more information, call +1 808
      >550-8517, email
      >or download the announcement at
      >Sept. 9-12: China International Recreation
      >Fisheries and Aquaria 2004 conference (Guangzhou
      >Jinhan Exhibition Center, Beijing, China)
      >Sept. 10-12: Marine Aquarium Conference of North
      >America XVI (Boston, Massachusetts, USA)
      >Oct. 8-10: Backer’s 37th Annual Pet Industry
      >Christmas Trade Show and Educational Conference
      >(Chicago, Illinois, USA)
      >Dec. 5-10: Sixth International Aquarium Congress
      >(Monterey, California, USA)
      >MAC in the News
      >“Coral Reefs in Balance: Exotic Fish Species
      >Hunted for Aquarium and Restaurants; Part 3:
      >Promoting Safer Fishing Methods.” Radio
      >Expeditions. National Public Radio (NPR). June
      >28-30, 2004.
      >“Ask Umbra: The age of aquariums.” Grist
      >Magazine. June 25, 2004.
      >“The MAC Certified Label Means Quality Marine
      >Organisms from Sustainable Sources,” by Sylvia
      >Spalding. PETS International Magazine. May 2004.
      >Page 135.
      >“MAC Certified marine organisms now coming to
      >Europe from the South Pacific,” by Sylvia
      >Spalding. PETS International Magazine. April
      >2004. Page 59.
      >“Concerns surface as local divers spot
      >non-native fish in Florida waters,” by David
      >Fleshler. Sun-Sentinel. April 9, 2004.
      >“Freeing Nemo: Aquarium owners releasing
      >non-native fish could endanger marine
      >ecosystems,” by Sandra Hines. University of
      >Washington. April 7, 2004.
      >“Fair trade … fish!” by Amanda Farrell. The
      >Villager. Winter/Spring 2004. Page 7.
      >“Improving the marine aquarium industry through
      >MAC Certification,” by Sylvia Spalding. Business
      >Unusual. Aquarama Magazine. Issue 1. November
      >2003. Pages 33-35.
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