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Sally Jo and I have just returned from Veracruz, Mexico. PART #3 of SALLY JO'S VERACRUZ, MEXICO DIARY
We taught a one week National Coral Farming Seminar at the Veracruz Public Aquarium. We had a wonderful class of about 30 people who were almost all professional Biologists from many cities in Mexico and Cuba. Sally Jo and I were planning to teach five hours each day for five days. There was so much interest that we taught about ten hours each day.


 NEW PAGE December 17
PART #3 of SALLY JO'S VERACRUZ, MEXICO DIARY - THE WONDERFUL MANATEES

SALLY JO'S VERACRUZ, MEXICO DIARY PART #1  | PART #2

 NEW PAGE December 10
SEE A SLIDE SHOW #2 ABOUT OUR ARAGOCRETE CLASS IN MEXICO |  IN SPANISH

  December 5
SEE A SLIDE SHOW ABOUT OUR VERACRUZ SEMINAR  |  IN SPANISH
Sally Jo is writing a wonderful story about our Seminar in Mexico
- Watch for it as soon as I can write the code :)


The incredible meeting in Veracruz was the Primer Taller Nacional Sobre Propagation de Corales en Cautiverio and it was held in H.Vericruz, Ver. Noviembre 27 - Diciemberbre 2002. We are very proud to have shared the teaching with Jaun Jose from that great Reef Aquarium Company in Mexico City. Jaun owns the Alfaquarium located at

Av. Pedro Antonio de los Santos 62 "B"
Colonial San Miquel Chapultepec
Mexico, D.F.  C.P. 11850
Tels. 1998-1818 1998-1819 Fax. 1998-1819

Juan JosČ Alfaro

www.alfaquarium.com  THIS LINK WILL HELP ALL OF YOU IN MEXICO
juanjose@alfaquarium.com

We are certain that this company practices sound reef keeping and we are very happy to have such good friends in Mexico. Sally Jo and I have been invited to teach a Rock Farming Seminar in Baja Sur, Mexico this winter, and we are planning a future visit to Veracruz in August, 2003

Sally Jo and I were very excited to see some of the Veracruz Aquaculture Education Rock that was made using the AragocreteTM methods we taught when we spoke in Mexico City in August, 2001. The aragocrete that was placed in the Gulf in May 2002 grew bright purple coralline algae in only 3 months. The rock that was placed in the Gulf in August did not grow as much coralline algae, but it was covered with baby corals of all types. We are looking forward to harvesting the first of the Baja Education Aquaculture Rock in January 2003. Some of the Aragorcrete in the Sea of Cortez has been growing for two, three, and five years. These types of Aquacultured Live Rocks will be marketed by the villagers who own the farms, and part of every dollar sold will be used to educate the children living on the coast in Mexico.

This week Norm has cut some of my fantastic Red Epizoanthids. These incredible soft corals surprised both Sally Jo and I when we first watched them catch and eat frozen Mysid Shrimp. These shrimp are almost 3/4 inch long and they are almost as big as the Epizoanthids! It is no wonder the Red Epizoanthids grow so fast.