Marine Body Pays Tribute To Sustainable Pioneer

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Marine body pays tribute to sustainable pioneer
5th December 2018

By Sandra Pearce

The Marine Aquarium Societies of North America (MASNA) has awarded the 2018 MASNA Pioneer Award to Walt Smith, who pioneered sustainable collecting methods for marines.

The MASNA Pioneer award recognizes the contributions of scientists, conservationists, and industry and trade practitioners who have contributed to ‘what we perceive as today’s common knowledge’.

A spokesman said: “These early pioneers explored their worlds in ways that others at the time could not imagine. Their significant accomplishments served to uplift others following in their footsteps, often through mentoring.”

Walt was recognised for his early work in establishing sustainable collecting methods for hand-caught fish, corals, and live rock from Tonga and Fiji.

Through his company, Walt Smith International, he also established some of the first aquaculturing techniques for corals in their native habitat, replanting reefs and developing training programs for local villagers.