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Farming the Fragile Jewels of the Deep


Environment  (tags: coral, coral reefs, coral farming, business, endangered species )

RC
- 3321 days ago - features.csmonitor.com
Meet Steve Lowes, a farmer who raises sustainable coral for sale to aquarium supply companies and pet stores. His efforts, and those of others who do the same, are putting a dent in the amount of coral stolen from endangered living reefs.



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RC deWinter (418)
Friday November 7, 2008, 4:49 am
This technology and knowledge is something that needs to be expanded and shared if the world's endangered living reefs are to survive man's poaching.
 

Dawn B (11)
Friday November 7, 2008, 5:04 am
What a wonderful man!!! Thanks for sharing!
 

FreeSpirit Running (320)
Friday November 7, 2008, 5:04 am
TY Cate for bringing this news forward my friend. Totally noted hon.

These "farmers" hopefully are cultivating their coral from tanks, and not getting them illegally. I pray this is an answer so that people stop the illegal poaching, as we need our oceans coral reefs! It sounds good, interesting too.

The people that are "stealing" from the coral reefs are theives! We must not deplete our coral reefs!

Walk in peace & love,
FreeSpiritRunning...
 

Joycey B (750)
Friday November 7, 2008, 5:12 am
Coral farming is a great way to help the wild coral thrive. Thanks for this interesting story Cate.
 

Morgan Griffith (225)
Friday November 7, 2008, 5:46 am
Great our coral reefs are suffering enough just from harmful changes in the ocean conditions.
 

Pamylle G (461)
Friday November 7, 2008, 5:49 am
While a friend was staying with me, I had a saltwater tank with corals, live rock and gorgeous fish in my living room. It's amazing how beautiful these life forms are !
 

Judith Jaehn (199)
Friday November 7, 2008, 6:35 am
Thank you little Shadow! Noted!
 

Uhoud Abdulmajeed (184)
Friday November 7, 2008, 6:48 am
Thank you for sharing
 

Laurie W (189)
Friday November 7, 2008, 7:10 am
Thanks ...If this makes even a dent in changing what is taken from coral reefs it will be worth it.
 

ROBIN M (312)
Friday November 7, 2008, 7:29 am
thank you for sharing, so many people take the coral out of the oceans when they know they are not suppose to. This gives them an alternative, to have a piece of beauty without taking away from nature.
 

Tsandi Crew (95)
Friday November 7, 2008, 7:57 am
This guy is so cool. We need to clone him.
 

Gail L (30)
Friday November 7, 2008, 8:08 am
Noted.
 

Tim Redfern (581)
Friday November 7, 2008, 8:32 am
All it takes is one man with an idea like
this to make a very big difference!
God and Goddess Bless this man for
what he's doing, and I sure hope this
catches on!
Thanks, Cate! :-))
noted.
 

Carolyn T (234)
Friday November 7, 2008, 9:31 am
Noted. Indeed, it will be wonderful if others pick up this practice. The endangerment to our coral reefs does not get as much press and proactive campaigning as others causes, but it should...and I will redouble my efforts in that direction. Thank you, Cate!
 

Carolyn T (234)
Friday November 7, 2008, 9:33 am
You cannot currently send a star to Ombretta because you have done so within the last week.

Fiddlesticks...please allow this post to acknowledge, in a very small way, all that you do...how much you are loved and appreciated.
 

RC deWinter (418)
Friday November 7, 2008, 10:17 am
I'm really glad to hear that, Carolyn, and I love you for it...because I am losing my job.
 

Maureen S (35)
Friday November 7, 2008, 10:20 am
Oh, that coral is so beautiful. I go along with Carolyn T. Send a star to Ombretta because for some reason, i can't either.
 

Ann Sumpter (30)
Friday November 7, 2008, 10:31 am
Thanks for this interesting story Cate.
 

Faith M (161)
Friday November 7, 2008, 10:48 am
I love creativity in action!! Thanx Little Shadow!
 

Past Member (0)
Friday November 7, 2008, 12:19 pm
THATīS GREAT!!!! THANKS FOR POSTING! AND THANK YOU FOR ALL YOU DO!
 

Past Member (0)
Friday November 7, 2008, 1:37 pm
Noted w/thanks!
Great story!
 

Louise L (48)
Friday November 7, 2008, 1:51 pm
Am I the only one that read that Cate is losing her job?? Oh, no! I know none of us LOVE our employer/place of work/boss (well, unless you're fooling around...) but to be laid off is just the worst, and my thoughts are with you. About this post, all I can say is, incredible. This man really thinks outside the box! Kudos. Thanks, Ombretta.
 

David Gould (155)
Friday November 7, 2008, 5:34 pm
Cate I know your difficulties with your job. Many of us on Care2 love you very much for all you do for us like bringing these heart warming stories to us. I wish there was more we could do for you but you sound as though you have a thoroughly nasty boss who probably pulls the wingss off flies for kicks...she certainly knows how to kick you when you are trying to get over the devastation of recent events.

Cate I want folk on this caring network to know how much you have suffered at the hand of this cruel and vindictive person...and yet you still send us greeting cards,you still encourage us with these stories....you do so much for us...unfailing in the love you show us. Please know the love and high regard that we hold for you on here...I know and hope I am speaking on behalf of all your readers.

Stick in there kid...you've got us all right there beside you...as I have told you several times...we are only a screen away any time you need encouraging; just ask. Here's another dollop of courage fronm the Land of the Brave...with all my love. David
 

Pete Conrads (91)
Friday November 7, 2008, 7:35 pm
Cate, my dear friend, my thoughts are with you and I sent off an email to you. I'm so sorry, but is, long term for the best, as they were such Sh*ts to you!!!!! They did not deserve you!!!

You have many caring friends here at Care2 Cate, thanks for sharing this wonderful story on coral....
 

Henry P (171)
Friday November 7, 2008, 8:21 pm
Thanks for shring
 

Darlene K (356)
Friday November 7, 2008, 11:33 pm
Hey Cate, lets "raise" some coral, and market "pet corals", or is that already done? Noted, and thank you.
 

Blacktiger P (247)
Friday November 7, 2008, 11:53 pm
Noted, and also for Cate, There will someday be a reason for what is happening at this time. Yes I know, does not help now, but you are above the situation and you will persevere, and you will find something you love to do as well.
 

Wendy Watson (55)
Saturday November 8, 2008, 12:49 am
Blessed it Be.. What a wonderul story and wonderful man..Ombretta you are a jewl.
 

De L (321)
Saturday November 8, 2008, 4:22 am
What a fantastic idea!!! I'm so amazed at what can be done through positive thinking. Coral is such a beautiful thing - and to be able to purchase it now would be wonderful. WAY TO GO!!!
 

Ken S (38)
Sunday November 9, 2008, 2:37 pm
Great idea....good one David, heartily agree.....
 

Lynn C (69)
Sunday November 9, 2008, 2:45 pm
thanks cate, another great story... and what a really cool thing to do... that is something even i could get into doing, there are so many different pretty colored ones... hehehe... :)
 
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