Robert Wintner

Author | Entrepreneur | Photographer | Conservationist
Blogs and Contributions

Excerpt of Reefdog: A Novel

Excerpt of Reefdog: A Novel
by Robert Wintner
Ravi Rockulz is a dive leader in Hawaii with good friends, good times, and plenty of willing female tourists. But something is missing, and rapid development is displacing the magic of his island home. The influx of new residents seeking paradise and demanding modern conveniences is making things painfully similar to that scab on the earth: Los Angeles.

Phasing Out Live Export of Hawaii Reef Wildlife

Phasing Out Live Export of Hawaii Reef Wildlife
by Robert Wintner
Hawaii is the only state in the U.S. to allow aquarium extraction with no limits. The United Nations‘ Convention of International Trade in Endangered Species (CITES) and its 175 member countries recognize the international wildlife trade as an ecological and economic problem causing large scale loss and damage. Hawaii Governor David Ige can sign SB 1240 into law, keeping Hawaii reef wildlife on home reefs instead of shipping it out to tanks across the U.S., Europe and Asia (China is the fastest growing market for Hawaii reef wildlife). Or not.

The Campaign To End the Aquarium Trade In Hawaii Surges Ahead

The Campaign To End the Aquarium Trade In Hawaii Surges Ahead
by Robert Wintner
Hawaii reef species and habitate must have protection from commercial aquarium extraction. Time is running out.

Aquarium trade extraction may end on Hawaii reefs this year as advocates mount a multi-flank approach. Two bills in the State Legislature would end aquarium permits here this year and freeze existing permits pending a comprehensive, sustainable management plan from the State with language to protect Hawaii reefs from commercial aquarium collectors.