12-04-2006, 06:36 PM
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Ok now that I have your attention. Dawn you've worked int he industry and have never heard of MAC? Anyone that has ever looked at a fish magazine should know of MAC. MAC is a monthly topic in TFH and Coral.
MAC, Marine Aquarium Council. I've mentioned them before. It is a group of business minded fish hobbyists that have decided to create a list of goals that a collector, holder, shipper, wholesaler, and seller should meet. Becoming a member of MAC says that you are interested in the hobby beyond just making money. The collectors are not allowed to participate if the use cyanide. Collection methods are actually taught to the collectors in class like settings teching them about sustainable collecting methods. The transhipppers must be certified in the way the animals are held and shipped. The end seller must be certified and support MAC. A lot of MAC funding goes towards promoting breeding stock and captive bred fish. A huge portion of our clown fish for sale are currently captive bred.
MAC can do a better job of explaining it all then I can. http://www.aquariumcouncil.org/