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April 8, 2005 | From Times Wire Reports
Seven juvenile giant clams were stolen from an exhibit of the threatened species at the Waikiki Aquarium, and officials appealed for their return. The clams, ranging in length from 1 to 4 inches, were part of a new display of 44 of the shellfish, said Andrew Rossiter, director of the aquarium. "It was a betrayal of the trust we have in the public," he said.
July 20, 1993 | LYNDA NATALI
Fish lovers can get a behind-the-scenes look at the inhabitants of Orange Coast College's aquarium during an open house Friday. Marine science students will lead visitors on tours of the aquarium, which includes exotic sea creatures collected from local waters. The free tours of Orange County's largest cold-water aquarium will take place from 10 a.m. to noon.
February 13, 1993 | GEOFF BOUCHER
The county's largest aquarium, the popular but beleaguered 1,000-gallon exhibit at Orange Coast College, is again in danger of closing for lack of funds, school officials said. A fund-raising goal of $10,000 has been set to meet maintenance costs for the aquarium, which is viewed year-round by a steady parade of area youngsters who get free tours and lectures about the hundreds of specimens collected from nearby waters, said marine biology professor Dennis Kelly.
Don has begun waking up at 2:30 a.m., panicked about catching more fish. Bob is still looking for a few good rocks. And Harvey hasn't arrived. The first two have less than a week left to ready the new Stephen Birch Aquarium-Museum, a $14-million facility with a man-made tide pool--replete with small waves--and a spectacular panoramic view of the coast. Harvey is blase. The 100-pound grouper has not gotten into the swim of things.
September 21, 1992 | LYNDA NATALI
Two anonymous gifts have saved Orange Coast College's cold-water aquarium from closing--at least for now, college officials announced. The two gifts, totaling $5,000, were received by the aquarium last week following newspaper reports that the aquarium was in danger of shutting down. One $2,500 donation was given by a corporation while the other $2,500 gift was presented by an individual. The aquarium's rescue was its second. In late 1989, it was closed for a year because of a lack of funding.
May 27, 2006 | From Times Wire Reports
Staff at the Audubon Aquarium of the Americas recalled that in the days after Hurricane Katrina, there were so many dead fish floating on the surface of the giant tanks that it almost looked as if a person could walk across the tops of them. Those tanks are teeming with life again, as were viewing corridors, as the New Orleans aquarium reopened to the public for the first time since Katrina blew out windows and cut power for longer than generators could hold out.
July 24, 2001 | From Times Staff and Wire Reports
Sale and possession of a common aquarium algae will be banned in San Diego under a measure adopted by city officials Monday. The City Council voted unanimously in favor of an ordinance that will levy a $250 fine against anyone caught selling or possessing Caulerpa taxifolia. The fast-growing plant, which displaces native sea grasses that provide nutrition to sea life, was discovered last year in the Agua Hedionda Lagoon in Carlsbad.
March 9, 1990 | Associated Press
A retailer has announced that it is recalling 39,000 aquarium light cords for a second time because consumers have not responded to the initial effort. McCrory Corp. said it recalled the electric light cord assembly part of its Aqua Hex Aquariums because "the wires may short circuit and ignite the cord."
September 8, 1992 | MARESA ARCHER
For the second time in its history, Orange Coast College's cold-water aquarium is facing extinction, officials said. Because of state budget cuts in education, the college is spending its money only on classroom instruction, said marine biologist Dennis Kelly, who supervises the aquarium. "This is the largest cold-water aquarium in Orange County that is open to the public. It would be a shame to have to close it," Kelly said.
It's a hobbyist's dream to turn a pastime into a paying job and to spend the workweek doing what was once a weekend activity. Omar Azze, 33, says he can't remember a time when he didn't own a fish tank--even though he couldn't always tell a guppy from a goldfish or a yellow tang from a tomato clown. "Fish are really peaceful," said Azze, a Huntington Beach resident. "I can just sit and look at a tank and not do anything."
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