Martin A. Moe, Jr. (Skip) has been a marine aquarist since 1965 and a freshwater aquarist before that. He was a fishery biologist and ichthyologist with the Florida State Marine Research Laboratory in the 1960s where his primary research was on the age, growth, and reproduction of the red grouper in the Gulf of Mexico.
Moving into the aquaculture of marine fish in the 1969, he developed the basic technology for the culture of pompano and then many marine tropical fish, clownfish, gobies, and Atlantic angelfish, among others. With his wife Barbara, he founded Aqualife Research Corporation in 1973, the first company to produce hatchery cultured marine tropical fish in commercial quantity; clownfish, gobies, porkfish, and angelfish and many other species during a long life in the tanks.
Green Turtle Publications followed in 1982. He has authored many scientific papers, popular articles, and books on marine aquarium technology and marine biology. His basic book, The Marine Aquarium Handbook: Beginner to Breeder, has been a primary reference for new marine aquarists since it was first published in April of 1982 and is now in the third edition published by Microcosm. The Marine Aquarium Reference: Systems and Invertebrates was first published in July of 1989 and is now, along with a few other titles, it is in a long process of becoming a new edition in five e-book volumes.
His research on developing the techniques for culturing the keystone herbivore of the Atlantic coral reefs, the long-spined sea urchin, Diadema antillarum has come to an end. Diadema are essential to ecological restoration of Atlantic coral reefs and was the motivation for the long and difficult culture project developing the larvae rearing system and culture techniques for unique species.
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