When: Friday August 17, 2012 @ 7:00pm Where: IHOP, 1001 E 17th St, Santa Ana CA 92701-2546 To learn more about SCMAS: SCMAS Special Guest Speaker: Ret Talbot 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 as Outdoor 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. Ret and his wife Karen, an artist known for her fish paintings, split their time between Laguna Beach, California and Jackson Hole, Wyoming. Topic: Cardinal Directions - A Fish, A Few Scientists and the Future of the Trade It’s been called everything from the “darling of the hobby” to “the hobby’s cardinal sin,” but what is the real story behind the Banggai cardinalfish (Pterapogon kauderni)? Journalist and Coral Magazine senior editor Ret Talbot embedded with a team of scientists and travelled to Indonesia last June to try to answer this question. His talk, based on that trip and several months of research, is an eye opener about the species, the trade and the state of sustainable fisheries worldwide. SCMAS meetings are open to all non-members as well! We would love to have you there. ATTN: Don't forget, SCMAS members can bring your water samples in for phosphate testing. Just see Steve Garrett at the meeting for testing your water sample. Hope to see you all there.