We recently had the pleasure of speaking with with industry pioneer Walt Smith about his Aquaculture Development for the Environment (A.D.E.) Project and his rich history in the marine aquarium hobby. This episode is jam-packed with information so we've included timestamps in the video description to highlight some of our favorite topics. We also provide an update on the Fiji rock and coral ban you've probably heard about in the news.


0:31 Update on Fiji ban of live coral and rock

1:24 Started in hobby in 1970. Started business in 1972.

2:39 Moved to Tonga in the South Pacific in 1989

3:32 Reef tanks emerge in the hobby

4:00 Fish and coral importation

5:24 Expansion to Fiji in 1995

6:10 Shipping 40 tons of live rock per week

6:36 The benefits of Fiji Mud

8:20 Sustainable and responsible harvest practices; non-detriment finding (NDF)

10:50 Walt Smith International creates the first commercial coral farm in 1998

13:20 WSI cultures 40 different species of corals

14:41 Aquaculture Development for the Environment (A.D.E. Project)

16:20 Creating economic opportunities and ensuring food security for locals

19:23 Studying the impact and benefits of transplated corals

21:08 The Ocean: The Final Frontier

22:06 \"Bula Buddies\" series of children's books written by Walt Smith

24:46 The A.D.E. Project is a platform for scientific research



The A.D.E. Project



Joe Caparatta for helping with the photos featured in this episode

Walt Smith for generously sharing his time, knowledge, photos, and video with us