Raleigh, N.C. — From your resident saltwater aquarium nerd: If you hear people downtown talking about reefers and baggies this weekend, don't get the wrong idea.
People will be coming from all over the southeast this weekend for ReefSmart, an annual saltwater corals and fish convention in downtown Raleigh.
It's run by a non-profit called Sustainable Reefs, aimed at saving reefs from being raided for the aquarium business by promoting education, breeding and sale of aquacultured (tank-bred) fish and corals. Around 500 people are expected.
It's a great cause, run by a local woman, Grace Romano, who puts this thing together every year for the love of it. She manages the Reef Farm, a licensed NC aquaculture operation farming corals in North Raleigh.
ReefSmart runs from noon to 6 p.m. at the Clarion hotel downtown. Admission is free. If you see me there, say hello!
Editor's Note: Laura Leslie is WRAL's Capitol Bureau Chief. She has a LOT of fish tanks.