Marine Ornamentals

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    Soft Corals with Lionfish
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    Juvenile Clam Culture Tank
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    Shipping Corals
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    Hard Coral Fragments
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    Soft Coral Broodstock
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    Blue Green Acro
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Live soft and hard corals and other invertebrates such as giant clams, zooanthids and corallimorphs make up a valuable portion of the marine ornamental trade. Nearly all these animals are sold for stocking in home aquariums in the USA, EU and, increasingly, Asia. Fish and corals sold in the trade are almost exclusively collected from the wild; but more recently simple farming techniques are being used to sustainably grow these products. MERIP currently works with more than 20 farmers in Pohnpei who are growing marine ornamentals. Sustainable Farming Title Farming techniques are simple, whereby a small cutting is removed from a mother colony, and planted for grow-out; a process called fragmentation. Properly maintained mother colonies can be cropped repeatedly without impact to wild stocks. This allows a consistent supply and quality of corals, which cannot be replicated in the wild collection industry. MERIP buys corals from farmers for export via airfreight, working mainly with regional wholesalers in an effort to promote private sector development in Micronesia and to reduce unfair competition. MERIP’s main buyer is the Marshall Islands Mariculture Farm (MIMF) in Majuro, a wholly owned subsidiary of Ocean, Reefs and Aquariums (ORA), the worlds largest producer of farmed anemone fishes for the marine ornamental trade. This highly ethical and respected company sells only aquacultured products and has some 70 species of corals available. Other buyers of marine ornamental products from MERIP include Micronesian Management and Marketing Enterprises in Kosrae, FSM, and Hawaiian SeaLife in Honolulu, Hawaii – a distributor of marine ornamental products for the Asian market. Products List Title Today, MERIP has a stock list of more than 30 sustainably farmed marine ornamentals for sale.  Please see our Marine Ornamental Gallery. For more information, to enquire about pricing, or place an order please contact us.