James J. White Memorial Conservation Fund

The NEC James J. White Memorial Conservation Fund

To quote Janne Ekstrøm's article in AMAZONAS 31, September/Oktober 2010, Seite 8–12,

"We, the humanity on Earth, have only two choices: We either stand back and watch when our beautiful planet turns into dust or we act and do something about the problem before it’s too late."

The NEC Conservation Committee was established to help conservation efforts through fundraising and donations to well-established and working conservation groups.  For several years now the Committee has hosted a silent auction at the Annual NEC Convention to benefit organizations that are involved in conservation.

The History of James J. White Memorial Conservation Fund

Jim passed away suddenly on August 3, 2010 at the young age of 46. He was a long time member of the Pioneer Valley Aquarium Society and served as auctioneer at many of his sister club auctions. We miss him greatly.

Jim was active in the Northeast Council of Aquarium Societies for many years, working first for PVAS and in the last 14 years with the NEC as well. Jim was also very involved in breeding fish, bringing fish to other club auctions and participating in the NEC Breeder Participation Program.

Jim’s dedication to the NEC was fierce and he wore many hats. First he served as PVAS’s delegate and he went on to serve as a BOD member (since 1998) and Vice President of the NEC for several 2-year terms. He was a consistent volunteer at our annual Convention, running the fish room during the Sunday auction, being a runner and auction feeder; as he honed his auctioneering skills he became the main auctioneer for the NEC and all the NEC Clubs. For many years Jim chaired the Competitive Events Committee and ran the Photo Contest. Recently he organized the Conservation Committee’s efforts to raise money for fish-related conservation efforts around the world.

Jim worked for the benefit of the aquarium hobby, clubs and the NEC, both in the background as well as in the spotlight. His efforts were highlighted in 2005 when he was awarded the NEC’s highest honor, the Betty Mueller Award. Jim represented the NEC well and his adorable face and dedication to the aquarium hobby will be sadly missed throughout the clubs in the Northeast.

The NEC honors the dedication that Jim had for the Conservation Committee’s efforts by renaming the fund as the James J. White Memorial Conservation Fund.

Our freshwater conservation recipient is The Ocean Foundation's

"Sawfish Mating Project:"

Researchers Discover Critical Clue In Sawfish Mating (www.oceanfdn.org)

Tallahassee, Florida. April 13, 2017. For the first time in 17 years of Florida-based research, scientists have discovered a mating ground for the Endangered smalltooth sawfish. During an expedition early April to the shallow-water back-country of Everglades National Park, a research team captured, tagged, and released three adult sawfish (one male and two females) in an area previously known almost exclusively as juvenile sawfish habitat. All three had distinctive lacerations, apparently sustained during mating, that match the pattern of teeth on the animals’ saw-like snouts. The team includes scientists from Florida State University (FSU) and the National Atmospheric and Oceanic Administration (NOAA) who conduct ongoing research permitted under the Endangered Species Act (ESA) to monitor sawfish population health.

For more information on the Sawfish Mating Project, please go to https://www.oceanfdn.org/blog/researchers-discover-critical-clue-mystery...

Our saltwater recipient is the

Coral Restoration Fund

The Coral Restoration Foundation is working to restore the Florida Reef Tract, the third largest barrier reef in the world. Coral reefs protect our coastlines from hurricanes, generate incredible economic impact in the tourism sector alone, serve as the primary source of food for millions of people around the world, and are an important carbon sink. Large-scale and massive action is required to save our coral reefs, and CRF has proven that this is possible.

In our four production nurseries, our teams grow two coral species listed under the Endangered Species Act, Acropora cervicornis and A. palmata, for eventual outplanting at restoration sites spanning the Florida Reef Tract. By putting corals on the reef in large volumes, we are able to help jumpstart these reefs, and assist natural recovery. Over the next three years, CRF is partnering with NOAA and other organizations to conduct an unprecedented restoration effort. The project will restore 8 reefs in South Florida and requires 50,000 corals with high genetic diversity to increase resiliency. This is a model for projects that can be done on any of the world's coral reefs. To be successful in the long term, it will take a large community effort.

For more informatin, please go to http://coralrestoration.org/

The James J White Memorial Conservation Fund in action

Our conservation fund has supported the following organizations:

2001    American Cichlid Association’s Paul V. Loiselle Conservation Fund
2002    Project Piaba
2003    Pupfish of Southwest US
2004    Fish Ark Mexico
2005    American Killifish Association’s George Maier Fund
2006    CARES Preservation Program
2007    Project Amazonas
2008    Project Piaba
2009    Conservation Fisheries
2010    Project Amazonas
2011    International Rivers, American Livebearer Association’s Langhammer Fund for Conservation, and the Stuart M. Grant Cichlid Conservation Fund
2012    CARES Preservation Program and Center for Research in Global Change and Sustainability
2013    Indonesian Marine Ornamental Symposium (LINI) and Conservation Aquariums in the Classroom
2014    The Goodeid Working Group (GWG) and Project Seahorse
2015     Conservation International and Ozalul (Innovation for Marine Conservation)
2016     The Congo Project (American Museum of Natural History) and The Nature Conservancy
2017      Project Piaba and Bahamas Reef Environment Educational Foundation (BREEF)

Updates on past conservation recipients

Stuart S. Grant Cichlid Conservation Fund Update:

http://cichlidpress.com/smgfund/smgfund25.html

The Goodeid Working Group:

plans to put the funding to use over the next six months. Our goals are to

1) Provide material and technical support for the conservation of rare goodeids in captivity and in the wild by the Universidad Michoacana de San Nicolas Hidalgo in Morelia, Mexico; and

2) Help pay costs associated with bringing new populations of rare goodeids into the U.S. and distributing them to serious hobbyists and public aquaria/zoos for long-term captive maintenance.