Banggai Cardinalfish Books Have Shipped!

September 8, 2013 in Kickstarter Updates, Project Updates, Slideshow

The Banggai Cardinalfish, 304 pages, Hardcover $44.95, Quality Softcover $34.95.

It’s another great week for all the Banggai Rescue Project. Tuesday, September 3rd, we began shipping hardcover and softcover copies of our book, Banggai Cardinalfish: A Guide to Captive Care, Breeding, & Natural History.

Copies destined for US addresses were shipped via USPS Priority Mail on Tuesday, which means most recipients in the US should have them. If you haven’t received your copy by perhaps Sept 12th or so, drop us an email so we can track your copy down! Most folks have received them, and feedback has been overwhelmingly positive.

International copies were shipped on Wednesday, September 4th. These will take longer to arrive, potentially significantly so; your patience is again appreciated!

eBook recipients should expect something very soon as well (possibly as early as this coming week); we’re simply finalizing the details prior to distribution.

Any outstanding rewards our team owes you are being worked on; a couple backers must wait just a little longer for special embellishments in their books, limited edition giclee prints, or original art. Any other outstanding rewards should be wrapped up in short order to the best of our ability.

I think I speak for all of us when I say we’re very happy to see the light at the end of the tunnel for this chapter of the Kickstarter project!

For anyone who did not back Banggai Rescue at a reward level with the book, but would now like to obtain a copy, publisher-direct single copies (hardcover, softcover and digital) are now available at: https://portal.publishersserviceassociates.com/carts/reef2rainforest/index.php?route=product/category&path=37

Additionally, wholesale orders are now shipping from Two Little Fishies – www.twolittlefishies.com for resale purchases.

If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact me (team member Matt Pedersen) directly via email – matt.pedersen at reef2rainforest.com and I will personally address your inquiry.

Thank you yet again for all your patience and support.

Matt Pedersen

The book Banggai Cardinalfish, some F1 Pterapogon kauderni, and co-author / team member Matt Pedersen

The book Banggai Cardinalfish, some F1 Pterapogon kauderni, and co-author / team member Matt Pedersen

Cross Country Banggai Cardinalfish Book Signing

August 14, 2013 in Kickstarter Updates, Project Updates, Slideshow

Ever wonder how you get a signed copy of a book when there are numerous co-authors residing in places like Minnesota, Maine, and Florida?  One might assume that you simply ship a crate of books around, but the costs to actually do so would be exorbitant.  No, the solution is far more elegant.

As we draw ever closer to the 2013 MACNA release of the Banggai Rescue Project’s publication Banggai Cardinalfish, adhesive book plates are making their way from Shelburne, Vermont, to Duluth, Minnesota, to Rockland, Maine, to Tampa, Florida, collecting signatures along the way. Yes, one more sign that our long awaited book is truly, finally here.

For our Kickstarter Backers who are due a physical copy of our book, you’ll be receiving an email directly from co-author Matt Pedersen regarding your attendance at MACNA this year, and whether you would like to pick up your copy of Banggai Cardinalfish in Miami. We look forward to wrapping up any and all outstanding Kickstarter Rewards very soon!

Thanks again for the ongoing support you’ve given this project.

– The Banggai Rescue Team –

Banggai Rescue – Sneak Preview Video

July 19, 2013 in Kickstarter Updates, Project Updates, Slideshow

Set to launch at the Marine Aquarium Conference of North America (MACNA 2013) in South Florida, The Banggai Cardinalfish book represents almost two years’ of work and the involvement of hundreds of saltwater aquarists, marine biologists, aquarium industry leaders, and many conservation-minded supporters.

The Banggai Cardinalfish, 304 pages, Hardcover $44.95, Quality Softcover $34.95.

The Banggai Cardinalfish, 304 pages, Hardcover $44.95, Quality Softcover $34.95.

For a preview of the book, see this video by Matt Pedersen that runs through the entire 304 pages in about a minute and shows the scope of the international Banggai Rescue Project.

The book will be distributed by Julian Sprung and Two Little Fishies in partnership with Reef to Rainforest Media, publishers of CORAL and AMAZONAS Magazines.

“This book should make us all proud to be marine aquarists,” says Editor & Publisher James Lawrence. “The marine aquarium community has rallied to respond to a situation in which a uniquely beautiful and fascinating fish has been threatened by unregulated collection in a remote archipelago in Indonesia. We have unwittingly been part of the problem, but now we can feel that we are part of the solution.”

“Perhaps the most important outcome of the Project so far has been the collaboration between our science team and their counterparts in Indonesia who are working to reform the Banggai Cardinal fishery while supporting the livelihoods of indigenous fishers in their own waters.”

Book Credits::

Ret Talbot • Matt Pedersen • Matthew L. Wittenrich, Ph.D.

Foreword by Dr. Gerald R. Allen

with Martin A. Moe, Jr., Roy Yanong, V.M.D., and Thomas Waltzek, D.V.M., Ph.D.

Publishing Team:

Edited by James M. Lawrence

Designed by Linda Provost

Production: Anne Linton Elston

Copyediting: Louise Watson, Alex Bunten

Business Manager: Judith R. Billard

Project Corporate Sponsors

Books will be available at MACNA, August 30 to September 1 at the Two Little Fishies booth.

Announcements coming soon about how to order the book.

Better Late Than Never: Banggai Cardinalfish Book to Debut Soon

June 3, 2013 in Kickstarter Updates, Project Updates, Slideshow

Project update from Ret Talbot

A year ago, I was preparing for a trip to Indonesia to immerse myself in the world of a small reef fish called the Banggai cardinalfish with the intent of contributing to an important book on the species. Editor James Lawrence recently sent me a revised copy of the manuscript (including some absolutely stunning layouts shown here), and it has me thinking back over the past year and the places this project has taken me both physically and intellectually. It also has me thinking about getting the book into your hands!

Taking the Time to Get it Right

While travelling halfway around the world to better understand a fish and its relationship to its environment and the fishers who interact with it is something to which I am not unaccustomed in my line of work, there was (and remains) something different—something very special—about the Banngai cardinalfish project. For one, it has been a much larger project than any of us anticipated, and the challenges along the way have been significant.

From lengthy delays in getting the science done right to dealing with our own losses of broodstock secondary to the very virus about which we were writing, everything seemed to take twice as long as expected. Having said that, what we have learned has reinforced the importance of embarking on the Project in the first place. We have made the internal decision to take the time to do it right, and while we know the delay is frustrating, we think the final product (which is now over 300 pages–about 35% more than projected!) will more than justify our decision.

As you know, we had originally planned on having the book signed, sealed and delivered last September, a timeline that, with hindsight, seems absurd. Speaking for myself, I thought I had a pretty good handle on the species and the fishery. After all, I have been covering it since 2008. I knew I needed to get up to speed on the virus impacting the species and the current fisheries data, and I knew I’d need to dig a little deeper into the species-specific physiology (with the help of my scientific illustrator wife and her microscope, of course), but that wouldn’t take that long, would it?

It did…and it has…and it continues to. Take a lot of time, that is.

A Deep Sense of Responsibility to the Reader

When I work on any project, be it a blog entry, a feature magazine article or a book, I feel a deep sense of responsibility to give the reader as full a picture as possible, not because I want to tell the reader what to think, but rather because I want the reader to have enough information on board to engage intelligently in the dialog. To me, promoting discussion on topics I think are important is my number one job as a writer.

When it comes to the Banggai project, we have found a space full of controversy and politics, conflicting information and strong emotions. Capturing the many facets of this story, while also trying to work with divergent groups and navigate a geopolitical minefield inhabited by NGOs, international fisheries managers and a marine ornamental trade dealing with a host of its own controversial issues (many of which are both directly and indirectly tied to the Banggai cardinalfish) has been one of the most complex assignments I have undertaken. Collaborating with international partners has proved logistically challenging but essential. Dealing with a story that keeps evolving (I just got a call last week that could have major implications on several key aspects of the book), can be exasperating. Following each twist and turn has meant travelling thousands of miles, reading countless pages, taking multiple notebooks full of notes, and shooting more images than I care to edit. In all this, I want you, the reader, to know you have been on my shoulder.

Whether you are an aquarist, a diver, a biologist, a fisheries manager, an aquaculturist, or any number of other epitaphs of potential readers of this book, I have tried to keep you in mind—and my responsibility to you—throughout the process. All of us who have worked on the Project have gone way beyond the work for which we knew we would be compensated, because the work has become a passion—because we care so much about the role this book can play in promoting critical conversations.

Attempting to package all of this into a book that will encourage intelligent and essential dialog about the species and its future has been an extremely difficult and yet an infinitely rewarding experience. As I work my way through the draft manuscript James sent me, I am growing increasingly excited to get this book—and more importantly—this information out into the world. As I look at the layouts the team at Reef to Rainforest in Vermont has put together, I become more and more enthused about what we have accomplished and how that will soon be handed over to you so you can take the next step.

Nuts and Bolts

So what does this all look like in pragmatic terms? It means we are woefully behind our original timeline, but it also means we are rapidly closing in on a publication date of a book about which we are very proud. As we have asked already, we continue to request that you indulge us. Those of you who subscribe to CORAL and AMAZONAS know the very high quality of production for which Reef to Rainforest is known, and producing a book of equal quality and beauty takes time, but we think it’s worth it.

As much of the work has now shifted to production and moving quickly toward presses running, Karen and I here in Maine are freed up to get the next set of rewards into the mail. Most of you should either have some of your rewards already in hand or have a tracking number that was emailed to you. For the higher-level donors, we need to hold off just a little bit longer (sorry!), as some of you are receiving original artwork that is also appearing in the book. We decided to send everyone who made any contribution to the project, a notecard set, including three notecards featuring a scientific illustration by Karen and three notecards featuring a photograph by me. Those will be coming via USPS in the next two weeks, so be on the lookout.

If you have any questions about any of these rewards (or anything else), please feel free to email me directly at Ret@RetTalbot.com. While we are eager to get these tokens of appreciation of your support into your hands, we want you to know we are also keeping our eyes on the prize and getting the best possible book published as soon as we are able.

Preview inside the Banggai Rescue Book

Preview inside the Banggai Rescue Book

Preview inside the Banggai Rescue Book

Banggai Rescue Kickstarter Reward Surveys Sent Out

June 18, 2012 in General Banggai Info, Kickstarter Updates, Project Updates, Slideshow, The Expedition

Dr. Roy Yanong, DMV and Dr. Tom Waltzek, VMD, Ph.D., speaking with one of their Indonesian counterparts at the Gondol Research Centre for Mariculture (GRIM) in Bali, Indonesia. Photograph by Ret Talbot.

Dr. Roy Yanong, DMV and Dr. Tom Waltzek, VMD, Ph.D., speaking with one of their Indonesian counterparts at the Gondol Research Centre for Mariculture (GRIM) in Bali, Indonesia. Photograph by Ret Talbot.

The Banggai Rescue team is in Indonesia and is headed further afield to the Banggai Islands later this week.

To all our loyal Kickstarter Backers, the time has come to collect your reward info so we can start delivering on our promises.  Our first wave of thanks and appreciation is coming in the form of a handwritten postcard sent by the expedition team during their time in Indonesia.  For those of you who backed us at higher levels, the rest of your rewards are still estimated for a September, 2012 delivery at this time.

Be sure to fill out your reward surveys completely, fully, and promptly to ensure you get everything we owe you without delay!   It takes only a minute to complete.  If you didn’t get the email from Kickstarter, please do check your spam folders and either post a comment here, shoot us a message on Kickstarter, hit up our Banggai Cardinalfish Rescue Facebook page, you name it.

Keep a lookout for updates from the entire Banggai Rescue team in the coming days and weeks as the project continues to move forward.

Banggai Rescue “Funding Successful” – What’s Next?

April 24, 2012 in Kickstarter Updates, Project Updates

Banggai Rescue Successfully Funded on Kickstarter

As of Sunday 8 April, our Banggai Rescue Kickstarter campaign came to an end. We had a goal of $25,000.00, but thanks to your enthusiasm for the Project, we raised $33,006.00 (that’s 132% of our goal)! We are excited to put your backing to good use, and we’ll be keeping you updated on exactly what that looks like both on the ground in Indonesia and back here in the States.

So what’s next?

Well first off, you should know all of us on the team have already been hard at work on the Project, so knowing we now have the funding is tremendously rewarding (and a huge relief!). In terms of the rewards, all of you who backed the Project at $10 or more will be receiving an email from us in the next month to discuss any options associated with your reward (e.g., art print or photographic print, name as it is to appear on the website and in the book, etc.) and to make sure we have the proper address for you. If you would like to review your reward level, you can do so here on our Kickstarter page at any time.

The best part of what comes next is staying abreast of what we are doing. You should expect reports from the team as we continue to work toward the publication of the book planned for release at MACNA in Dallas (September 2012). So be sure to check www.Banggai-Rescue.com as well as the Kickstarter page, and if you have any questions, thoughts or comments, feel free to be in touch by using the contact information found on our contact page.

BANGGAI RESCUE EXCEEDS GOAL

April 6, 2012 in Kickstarter Updates, Project Updates, Slideshow

A pair of Banggai Cardinalfish pose in front of a sea anemone. Image Credit: Scott Michaels

Courting pair of Banggai Cardinalfish, Pterapogon kauderni. Image by Scott W. Michael

American Marinelife Dealers Association
Backs Project with $3,500 Contribution

SHELBURNE, Vermont
April 6, 2012 

The American Marinelife Dealers Association (AMDA) pledged late last week to back the Banggai Rescue Project at the $3,500 level, making AMDA one of the Project’s larger backers. Almost 150 individuals, associations, retail stores, and others have pledged more than $31,000 in support of Banggai Rescue. The AMDA contribution pushed the total raised over the $30,000 mark.

Previously, a very generous contribution by the Rev. Jeanne Warner, a Wisconsin reefkeeper, had helped the Project meet its $25,000 goal. Aquarist Peter Hyne from Toronto is a backer at the $2,500 level, and, outside of the Kickstarter Project, Michael Del Prete of Aqua Craft Products donated more than $5,000 worth of Marine Environment Dual Phase Marine Salt for Banggai Cardinalfish small-scale breeding research. Additionally, Ecoxotic and Current USA have teamed up to pledge over $2500 in safe, low-voltage, highly efficient LED lighting to illuminate the small scale breeding systems.

AMDA, founded in 1995 by John Tullock, is a non-profit organization promoting sustainable trade in living marine aquarium organisms. “Given its mission, AMDA is a perfect fit for the Banggai Project, which will be looking at, among other things, sustainability issues within the Banggai Cardinalfish trade as a microcosm of the industry at large,” said Project writer Ret Talbot, who will be embedded with the science team on a research expedition to the Banggai Islands.

AMDA - American Marinelife Dealers Association - LogoWhile AMDA has not been a high-profile name in the marine aquarium trade over the past several years, a restructuring of the Association aims to position AMDA as a key player in establishing a truly robust and sustainable marine aquarium trade based on best practices, effective education, quality livestock, responsible husbandry, and increases in captive breeding.

“We are pleased to support Banggai Rescue because the project encapsulates AMDA’s original mission and goals as an organization which are still relevant today,” says Liz Harris, secretary of the AMDA Board of Directors and owner of Creatures Featured in Madison, Florida.

Backers of Kickstarter projects receive various levels of rewards from the organizers, but do not become actual investors. The Kickstarter funding period will end Sunday, April 8.

Banggai Rescue on Kickstarter

We still invite people to back this work,” says Lawrence, head of Reef to Rainforest Media, based in Shelburne, Vermont. “Our hope is use additional funds to support on-going work with local conservation groups in the Banggai Islands who are struggling to fund education and collection enforcement programs in the native range of Pterapogon kauderni.

KICKSTARTER: The Banggai Rescue Project

BANGGAI Rescue Website

Banggai Rescue: USE OF FUNDS

American Marinelife Dealers Association (AMDA) Contact

Aqua Craft Products

Ecoxotic

Current USA

Banggai Rescue Reaches Kickstarter Goal Today

March 28, 2012 in Kickstarter Updates, Project Updates, Slideshow

Wild shoal of mixed ages of Banggai Cardinalfish in Sulawesi, Indonesia

BANGGAI RESCUE A KICKSTART SUCCESS – Project Raises $25,000 to Come to the Aid of the Endangered Banggai Cardinalfish

Team of scientists and aquarists will use “crowd funding” from the marine aquarium world to underwrite research and new book

SHELBURNE, Vermont
March 28, 2012

“We are elated to announce that the Banggai Rescue Project™ has made its initial fundraising goal of $25,000,” says CORAL editor James Lawrence, as he and an interdisciplinary team of aquarists and marine scientists have set out on a major initiative to prevent the Banggai Cardinalfish, Pterapogon kauderni, from being wiped out in parts of its native range.

The funds raised to date come from more than 120 backers via the Kickstarter “crowd funding” web site, with contributions ranging from $1 to more than $10,000. Pushing the amount raised over its goal was the generous participation of The Rev. Jeanne Warner, right, a Lutheran pastor from Eau Claire, Wisconsin. Warner is a passionate aquarist, with a 350-gallon reef aquarium, as well as a believer in the importance of sustainable collection practices in the source countries that supply the marine trade. She says her backing comes “for the sake of this species, as well as for the fishers and Indonesian families whose livelihood depends on it.”

Rev. Jeanne Warner, Project Banggai Backer

Rev. Jeanne Warner, Project Banggai Rescue Backer

“We are called to be good stewards of this planet,” says Warner. “As a marine aquarist and diver, this is a way for me to help save the planet.”

Backers of Kickstarter projects receive various levels of rewards from the organizers, but do not become actual investors.

In this case the rewards range from hand-signed postcards from the Banggai Islands expedition to advance copies of the Banggai Rescue book, limited edition artwork of Banggai Cardinalfish, and presentations to local groups by the coauthors of the book. Contributions are still encouraged here.

Uncommonly beautiful and with unusual mouthbrooding reproductive habits, the species was listed as Endangered in 2007 by the International Union of Concerned Scientists’ (IUCN). Uncontrolled harvest for the aquarium trade has been cited as the major threatening factor for a fish with a very limited natural range.

Project Banggai Rescue will send a team, including scientists and an embedded journalist, on an expedition in May to the remote Banggai Islands in Sulawesi, Indonesia, with several simultaneous missions: assessing the situation; tracking the source of a mysterious disease that kills many Banggai Cardinals collected for the aquarium trade; exploring the possibilities of establishing mariculture operations run by local Indonesian families; and collecting healthy broodstock for captive aquaculture research in the United States.

First team members named, left to right: Ret Talbot, Matt Pedersen, James Lawrence, and Karen Talbot.

First book project leaders named, left to right: Ret Talbot, Matt Pedersen, James Lawrence, and Karen Talbot.

“We still invite people to support this work,” says Lawrence, head of Reef to Rainforest Media, based in Shelburne, Vermont. “Our hope is to be able to continue on-going work with local conservation groups in the Banggai Islands who are struggling to fund education and collection enforcement programs in the native range of Pterapogon kauderni.”

Coauthors of the book include Talbot, who will accompany and document the Expedition, marine breeder Matt Pedersen, with the senior science participants to be named in coming weeks. Natural history conservation artist Karen Talbot will produce a series of portraits of the Banggai Cardinalfish for the book and as rewards for Kickstarter backers.

The project has the support of Dr. Gerald R. Allen, world-renowned ichthyologist now working for Conservation International, who re-discovered the species in a remote archipelago in Indonesia in 1995. Gayatri Reksodihardjo-Lilley, the head of Yayasan Alam Indonesia Lestari (LINI), the Indonesian Nature Federation, has also welcomed the project to her country.

Become a Banggai Rescue Backer on Kickstarter

New Banggai Breeder’s Guide

Pedersen, winner of the Marine Aquarium Societies of North America Aquarist of the Year Award in 2009 for his pioneering successes in breeding marine fishes and as an advocate for captive culture of popular aquarium species, will stay home in Duluth, Minnesota, to write the hands-on husbandry and breeding sections of the book.

A significant part of the project is Pedersen’s work with 20 pairs of Banggai Cardinalfish that will allow him to revisit existing protocols and pitfalls in the propagation of the species. Pedersen seeks to establish a modern breeding approach that private aquarists and small commercial breeders throughout the world can leverage.

Banggai Rescue Cover

“When this species first entered the aquarium trade in the mid-1990s, we all thought it would prove to be the Marine Guppy,” says Lawrence, who will edit the book and write an introduction to the endangered species, whose wild populations have been severely impacted by aquarium collectors and reportedly wiped out in some areas. “The fact is, very few captive-bred Banggai Cardinals are being produced by U.S. aquaculture operations, and we hope to change that, while at the same time supporting source country culturing efforts.”

Entitled, Banggai Rescue, Adventures in bringing Pterapongon kauderni back from the brink, the book is scheduled for publication in time for the annual Marine Aquarium Conference of North America in Dallas/Fort Worth, at the end of September. Sales of the book will help fund ongoing research and sustainability initiatives.

“We are especially pleased to have the endorsement and encouragement of leading Indonesia wildlife conservationists who are also working to protect the species,” Lawrence says. “They are on the ground and in the water, with a goal of making it a sustainable fishery. We believe it is crucial to work with the Indonesian people, as well as encouraging serious breeding efforts by marine aquarists.”

KICKSTARTER: The Banggai Rescue Project

BANGGAI Rescue Website

Banggai Rescue: USE OF FUNDS

Contact:
James Lawrence
802.985.9977 x7

Photo Credits:

Banggai Cardinalfish Stamp: Karen Talbot/Karen Talbot Art
Banggai Cardinalfish Shoal: FAUP/Shutterstock
BANGGAI RESCUE cover: Matthew L. Wittenrich/Aquatic Pixels
Design: Linda Provost

Project Launch Announcement

March 8, 2012 in Kickstarter Updates, Project Updates

BANGGAI RESCUE Release

Embargoed until Monday, March 12, 9 AM, Eastern US Time

Rescue Project comes to the aid of the endangered Banggai Cardinalfish

Team of scientists and aquarists will use “crowd-funding” in the marine aquarium and conservation worlds to underwrite research and new book

SHELBURNE, Vermont

March 12, 2012

“It’s time to save this fish,” says James Lawrence, as he and an interdisciplinary team of aquarists and marine scientists today announce the launch of a major initiative to prevent the Banggai Cardinalfish, Pterapogon kauderni, from being wiped out in parts of its native range.

An all-new handbook for Banggai Cardinalfish keepers and breeders

Uncommonly beautiful and known for its unusual mouthbrooding reproductive habits, the species was listed as endangered in 2007 by the International Union of Concerned Scientists (IUCN). Uncontrolled harvest for the aquarium trade has been cited as the major threatening factor for a fish with a very limited natural range.

Project BANGGAI RESCUE will send a team on an expedition this May to the remote Banggai Islands in Sulawesi, Indonesia, with several simultaneous missions: assessing the situation; tracking the source of a mysterious disease that kills many Banggai Cardinals collected for the aquarium trade; exploring the possibility of establishing mariculture operations run by local Indonesian families; and collecting healthy broodstock for captive aquaculture research in the United States.

“We need approximately $25,000 for the first stage of this project,” says Lawrence, editor and publisher of CORAL Magazine and head of Reef to Rainforest Media, based in Shelburne, Vermont. “Today we are going live with a Kickstarter.com campaign to raise funds for the expedition, captive breeding research, and seed money to produce a book covering all aspects of the project.” Coauthors announced today include Ret Talbot, who will be embedded with the expedition, and Matt Pedersen, who is writing new protocols for small-scale breeding of the species. Lawrence says that the science team will be named in the coming weeks.

Entitled BANGGAI RESCUE: Adventures in Bringing Pterapongon kauderni back from the Brink, the book is scheduled for publication in the Spring of 2013. Sales of the book will help fund ongoing research and sustainability initiatives.

Kickstarter:  http://www.kickstarter.com/projects/603466482/the-banggai-rescue-project

Website: http://Banggai-Rescue.com

Media Resources: Media Release for Monday, March 12, 9 AM Eastern US Time

Contact:

James Lawrence
802.985.9977 x7