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About jdhuyvetter

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    2019 SWFMAS President
  • Birthday 08/11/1967

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  1. Due to a small craft advisory today, the snorkel boats cancelled today and 99% certain tomorrow is off as well. Bars just closed today until further notice. So, Keys trip as a group is postponed. Rick is already at the Blackfin if anyone planned on going but did not post up here. Alex and I haven't left yet, so we pushed this one back until further notice
  2. Rick and Alex.....is it just you guys or are you each bringing a +1?
  3. The Keys have reopened, time to get out and have some fun! Come to Marathon on Saturday, June 27 and join us for some snorkeling! We have confirmed that the Blackfin Hotel on Marathon is open. We have also confirmed that Capt. Hooks snorkel boat is running on Saturday. We will be on the 8:30 am boat. You can book hotel and your snorkel trip at the following links: http://blackfinresort.com/ Link below is the snorkel trip. Make sure you select Marathon as the location (they have three) https://captainhooks.rezdy.com/catalog/66335/diving-snorkeling?_ga=2.236208449.1760075161.1591925490-1641086231.1591304221 Post up here if you are going. We can plan lunch and dinner on Saturday around the snorkel trip. Sunday is on your own, although I have a hunch some people will be hitting the Horseshoe! Tentative itenerary: Friday night - Dinner somewhere on Marathon - location and time is TBD based on everyone's arrival Saturday am - Snorkel trip leaves at 8:30 Saturday 1pm (ish) - lunch on Marathon Saturday pm - trip to the Horseshoe (Spanish Harbor). This is a shallow snorkel spot right off the road. There are some reef safe critters that can be collected here. Make sure you bring a current saltwater fishing license if you plan to collect. Rules have changed in recent years. We will go over the rules before we hit the water. Dive flag is required here as well. If you don't have one, there will be other that do and you can "buddy up". Saturday evening - Dinner somewhere - will update after lock it down....or we can decide as a group. Confirmed attendees: Jeff Rick +1 Alex +1
  4. Mote is closing after tomorrow. I have talked to our guest speaker and we are going to postpone this meeting until April or May. Will reschedule in a couple weeks after things settle down.
  5. Our March meeting will be Saturday, March 21 at Estero Community Center. We will have a guest speaker, Matt Seguin from Mote Marine Laboratory and Aquarium in Sarasota. Meeting will begin at 3 pm Originally from the Chicago suburbs, Matt Seguin graduated from UF and UCF with degrees in wildlife ecology and conservation and biology. He worked at Discovery Cove, Sea World, and Brookfield Zoo before joining the team at Mote Marine Laboratory and Aquarium in June 2008. His primary duty is overseeing the health/husbandry of the fish and invertebrate collection. Matt works closely with the veterinary staff to maintain biosecurity within the aquarium, ensuring that all animals go through proper quarantine treatments before being added to the collection. He also serves as the registrar for the aquarium, securing proper permits and maintaining accurate physical and digital records of the animals in the collection. Outside of Mote, Matt is an Adjunct Professor at the Ringling College of Art and Design, teaching Environmental Science and Biodiversity. He also serves on the Wildlife Conservation Committee for AZA and volunteers on the Advisory Committee and is the webmaster for the Regional Aquatics Workshop (rawconference.org).Matt will be speaking about the typical quarantine process as well as fish and invertebrate health and welfare management at Mote Aquarium. He will also speak on the importance of maintaining biosecurity, collection planning, and good record keeping.
  6. Our February meeting will be Saturday, February 22, 2020 at Seven Seas Aquatics in Cape Coral. Brandon will be conducting a frag demonstration on various types of corals at their aquaculture/coral nursery. Meeting will start at 10 am. Location is: Seven Seas Aquatics 2634 Northeast 9th Avenue, Unit 4 Cape Coral, Florida 33909 More info on their facility at: https://sevenseasaquatic.com/?fbclid=IwAR16R0Es0_AKQl-N5O1Mf13-lUJW3ljFNofMWS2XwmKsYhrYU6qwEK9nHpo or, checkout Seven Seas Aquatics on Facebook
  7. Talked to Chris. He is also riding with me. So I now have room for 1 more
  8. Our January meeting will be Saturday, January 25 at 11 am. This is a field trip to Boyd Enterprises in Fort Lauderdale. Tour starts at 11 am, so plan your drive accordingly. Car pool options can be discussed in this thread. Lunch will be provided as part of this tour, so please RSVP no later than 8 pm on Wednesday. That way I can let them know on Thursday how many people to expect so they can make lunch arrangements. RSVP in this thread as well. Address is: 3510 NW 53rd Street,Fort Lauderdale, FL 33309 Chemi-pure, Reef Aquaria Design, Jellyfish Art, and Deltec USA will be hosting our next SWFMAS Field Trip at their new 24,000 sq. ft. facility that now houses the production facilities for 3 of their companies. Jeff Turner CEO will be giving us an in-depth look at his new facility, the MASSIVE 1600 Gallon Display Reef, new coral grow out area, full Deltec USA line on display and a sneak peek at the jellyfish aquaculture lab. After the tour, we will have lunch and start the Maldives & Indonesia Coral Reef Diving and Coral presentation by Jeff and Joleen Turner.- As an added bonus for attendees, every member who attends will get a free Chemi-pure 11 or 5.5 oz. unit! - Jeff has spent almost the entirety of his life fully immersed in the aquarium industry. From working as an aquarium service technician as part of his father’s aquarium shop to operating one of the first commercial live rock collection and wholesale companies, to starting the first commercially successful marine ornamental aquaculture facility (ORA), to owning and operating several aquarium related companies, Jeff has truly seen it all. Despite all of his successes, his heart remains with custom aquarium systems. It’s how he was first able to stand out in a crowded industry, and the decades of experience and expertise are on full display in every Reef Aquaria Design project. RSVP list: jdhuyvetter zyphen charlie0101 djchristyle01 RickO Cindy & Richard Will W Corduroy & Amy BBouch & Cindy Car Pool locations: 1: Jeff's House - leaving at 9 am (I have room for 1) 104 Sebring Circle, Lehigh Acres 2: Matt's House - leaving at 9 am (full car) Estero
  9. Have you checked the LFS. Some of them have used equipment.
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