Ronald L Schimek is what i consider to be the most influential marine biologist of our present times not only in the USA but i am sure in the world .
Fun fact is that he is from Montana and his vision of a reef aquarium its identical to the permaculture idea where he favors all the diversity of little critters considering them beneficial while otthers at the oposing end consider them ,,the maggots of the sea,, and prefer super high tech and chemical type or rearing a reef aquarium.
If anybody is interested into what could be marine permaculture farming should read his publications;
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All wikipedia had to say about him was that he is primarily involved with the private marine reef aquarium community. Check it out: Ron Shimek
Mihai, could you please detail what you're saying about marine reef aquarium culture and permacultural food production? I love the concept, personally, but I view the field as a way to study localised interactions in the reef biosphere, and of course as a necessity to taking and preserving samples of reef-dwelling organisms in living zoological libraries for the seeding of regenerated and constructed reefs.
My focus on the interaction between reefs and permaculture have to do with a substance known as Biorock. It is apparently being used in at least a half-dozen spots around the globe to "grow" sea walls and reef infrastructure, and corals and other sedentary reef denizens simply love the low-level electric current that causes the sea minerals to become electrochemically deposited.
My ideal iteration of this idea would look like an iceberg, with 90% of its mass under the surface, grown entirely of biorock and ringed with an outer perimeter of floating mycobooms and mangrove swamp and salt marsh plantings, within the perimeter of which would exist top-down permaculturally-aligned open-water mariculture operations. The sub-surface mass of this island would become its own coral reef.
Islands such as these could be set up on the perimeters of protected areas to both engage in literal water filtration and plastic sequestration, probably for high-temperature incineration, to generate more electricity for island use or growth, and to exist as eco-tourism hubs. They could be base camps for daytrips to ecologically sensitive sites such as the Galapagos, and could eventually become arks to the indigenous wildlife as the oceans rise to swallow land.
And while I have yet to test this, or to have someone verify it, the electrochemical deposition of sea minerals, including carbon from dissolved carbon dioxide, should result in the localised neutralisation of overly acidic oceans.
So Ron Shimek's work could be extremely relevant to me. Why do you call him the "biggest" marine biologist? Is he Paul-sized, or is he significant for some reason other than the field guide he published a decade and a half ago?
A human being should be able to change a diaper, plan an invasion, butcher a hog, conn a ship, design a building, write a sonnet, balance accounts, build a wall, set a bone, comfort the dying, take orders, give orders, cooperate, act alone, solve equations, analyze a new problem, pitch manure, program a computer, cook a tasty meal, fight efficiently, die gallantly. Specialization is for insects.
-Robert A. Heinlein
I can certainly see where a person from an inland state would work their guts out because they have a deep love of the sea, and want to make a memorable career, despite where they grew up. Myself, living on the water, I admit that I do not fully appreciate the coastal/farm life that I have instant access too.
But I struggle somewhat with the "Biggest Marine Biologist" because I have long known that often the most pivotal workers are the ones working tirelessly on the front lines, that you never hear about. They do not have doctorates, or a series of books, nor even scientific reports, but just plain hard work.
I have a deep appreciation for the Maine Marine Patrol because of how hard their work is. They are alone, their fingers freezing off from the cold, and stopping an insane amount of shellfish and crustacean poaching. If you know how lawless some of the Maine Island communities are, a person might appreciate how brave they are from confronting marine lawbreakers.
I looked, but could not find the name of the guy, but growing up, I knew of a Marine Patrol Officer who was taking his skiff across the bay when someone on shore shot the man to death. The person got away with the homicide because how could anyone tell where the shot originated from, or who pulled the trigger. Consider this, that Marine Patrol Officer gave his LIFE trying to protect marine resources of Maine. That is pretty darn big in my opinion.