All are welcome to join in on the fun! When: Friday, May 18, 2012 @ 7:00 p.m. Where: IHOP, 1001 E 17th St, Santa Ana CA 92701-2546 This month's guest speaker: Ret Talbot (in person!) Topic: Sustainable fish collection Ret Talbot is an award-winning writer and photojournalist with nearly 20 years of experience covering stories from some of the more remote corners of the globe. From the icy summits of the Andes to the reefs of Papua New Guinea, his assignments have taken him off the beaten track and put his readers face-to-face with stories of adventure, new ideas and innovative approaches to commonplace issues. A graduate of the prestigious writing programs at both Wheaton College and the University of St. Andrews, Talbot launched his career balancing work as a mountaineering and fly-fishing guide, freelance writer and English teacher. His articles appeared in publications such asOutdoor Sports, Rock & Ice, Fly Fisherman, Shallow Water Angler, and American Whitewater. While not in a river, on a glacier or at the head of a classroom, Talbot traveled extensively lecturing on his own expeditions to places like North Africa, Alaska, Norway, Ecuador, and Peru. Since 2007, Talbot has worked as a fulltime freelance writer and photographer, penning stories for magazines and working on book-length projects. His most recent work has focused on marine ecosystems and the myriad interactions between humans and those ecosystems. From the artisanal fisheries of Pacific Islanders to the heavily politicized commercial fisheries of Hawaii, Talbot has spent much of the last year interviewing fishermen, politicians, scientists, environmentalists, and other fisheries stakeholders about the concept of sustainability. Talbot frequently reports on the marine aquarium trade, and his articles can be found in a variety of trade publications. His aquarium-related books include The Complete Idiot's Guide to Saltwater Aquariums (September 2009). He is a senior editor at CORAL Magazine, where he is currently working on a multi-year series of articles focused on sustainability and marine aquarium fisheries. Reporting from places as disparate as remote island nations across the Indo-Pacific and the massive import and wholesale facilities at Los Angeles International Airport, Talbot's series of articles in CORAL have established the marine aquarium fishery as a microcosm for the complexities of international trade, socio-economic development and environmental conservation. Don't forget to bring your water samples to have them tested for phosphate by Steve Garrett. If you are interested in borrowing the club PAR meter, please see Greg Fryling. TANK TOUR INFO A tank tour is scheduled for May 19th. We will be begin at Marc Trimble's at around 11:30 am - 1720 Santiago, Santa Ana CA 92706 arriving Steve Garret's (www.garretts-acropolis.com) at around 12:30 pm- 1790 Humming Bird Dr, Costa Mesa CA 92626 Then to Greg Fryling's at around 2:00 pm - 29802 Highview Cir, San Juan Capistrano CA 92675 and finishing up at Leng Sy's (Home Of The Miracle Mud Method Filtration System) around 3:30 pm - EcoSystem Aquarium, 23262 Verdugo Dr, Laguna Hills, CA 92653 More details at the meeting.