Andrew Trevor-Jones is an amateur aquarist
with over 25 years expeience with keeping marine organisms.
In the mid-70s, he started keeping the marine fish he caught
himself while snorkelling around Sydney, Australia where he was born and raised.
At the same time he joined the Sydney chapter
of the the Marine Aquarium Research Institute of Australia
(MARIA) which also fostered the careers of some notable marine
scientists, including Rudie H Kuiter and Dr Ove Hoegh-Guldberg.
The blossoming interest in all things marine led to a degree
in Marine Science at the University Of New South Wales. Andrew's
Honours project was on Cephalopods and particularly the feeding
behaviour of a common Sydney species of cuttlefish. Unfortunately,
due to a shortage of jobs in Marine Science in 1982 and 1983
(and a poor choice of Honours project), Andrew was unable
to find work in the marine field and now works in the computer
Andrew now lives in the Blue Mountains west of Sydney where
he currently has 9 marine aquariums, including 2 dedicated
mini-reef tanks. He is an active member of the Marine Aquarium
Society of Sydney (MASS) and with other members of and the
Marine Aquariums Societies in Victoria and Western Australia
is in the process of establishing an umbrella organisation
in Australia: MASA. MASA's aim will be to liase with government,
envionmental groups and industry members to improve the marine
aquarium industry in Australia and make it more sustainable
and lessen the impact on the natural resources. Additionally,
MASA will provide resources and information to aquarists in
Australia via their local societies.
You can communicate with Andrew at his
author forum at Reef Central.