The E.O. Smith Coral Project is proud to host
What is a "Frag Farmer's Market"?
Similar to a reef club frag swap, the New England Frag Farmer's represents a regional event with "farmers" from all over New England and surrounding states who gather for the day to share home grown corals. The E.O. Smith Coral Project opens the door to the school for any local hobbyist, or retail store, to come in and set-up a tank to sell homegrown coral frags. Admission is free, so anyone can come in and chat with the farmers, share information and get a few nice homegrown frags to stock their tanks.
Why organize the Frag Farmer's?
The coral reefs of the world are in peril as a result of numerous human activities, including the marine aquarium trade. The hobby that we all take part in pulls ten of thousands of corals out of the oceans each year, with a focus on some of the rare and hard to find varieties. The irony is that most hobbyists have the ability to successfully grow coral colonies from tiny pieces of the colony and can, in time, create full sized colonies in captivity. By providing a venue for local hobbyists to sell homegrown coral frags from their tanks, my hope is that more people will take the time to frag the corals that they have. If we can take one coral colony from the wild, cut it into 25 pieces, put it into 25 people's tanks who grow it out and frag it, we will not have to take another colony of that coral from the wild in the future. By hosting the event, I also give the hobbyist a chance to see some of the incredible diversity of homegrown coral that is available in the New England area. The hope being that people are able to stock their tanks, learn a few things from people who are successfully growing corals in their aquariums, and leave ready to start growing and fragging themselves!
2012 Frag Farmer Sponsors
The following companies have generously supported the Frag Farmer's Market this year either by donations to the market, or by participating with their frags. These businesses have shown commitment to the environment by providing frags, supplies to frag, or "greener" options to reefkeeping in general. The E.O. Smith Coral Project encourages you to take a minute to support these businesses when purchasing equipment, fragging supplies, or frags for your systems. Take a minute to look over their websites using the attached links. Check back often, this list is ALWAYS growing!