Marine Aquarium Council aka "MAC"

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    I have seen this "MAC" approved fish and corals marketing hype thrown around for some time now.

    What is this certification?
    Where does one apply for this certification?
    Is MAC still functioning?
    Has it been disbanded?
    What happened to their web site?
    Their FB page seems abandoned.
     
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    An extract from the link above indicates that MAC disbanded in 2008. :m85::m79:

    Quote "All of these are still problems in the marine aquarium trade today. MAC brought about some useful changes in the industry and produced valuable documentation and trade information, but it was not able to systemically change the way the trade did business. It ceased operation in 2008"

    What I want to know, is why, 7 years down the road, LFS and suppliers are still using a non existent organisation and logo to promote sales?
     
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    Wow shocking....!!! I think many LFS have just been going by what their suppliers tell them... Like us....we had no idea...

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    I do believe most of the hundreds of suppliers that is (was!) part of mac had good intentions.

    What's shocking is that a company like TMC have been riding the MAC wave for many years after the organization ceased to exist then...since 2008...?
     
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    Yes Bryan. Those suppliers were MAC members and they did comply. They may very well still comply to the MAC standards. I sure hope they do.

    I must say that their quality of live stock is very good.

    I agree with you. Most LFS had no idea MAC ceased in 2008.
     
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    lol, funny how CoralFarm attained MAC status in '04 but MAC disbanded in '98
     
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    MAC is a casino website now...? Lol

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    MAC .......... every collector is mac certified, in indo its like our pc training collages. They watch a video and a short talk and that's it!
     
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    I revisited the Coral Farm web. In their defense, on their "About Us " page, they do mention that they are currently certified to ISO 9001: 2000

    Welcome to Coral Farm
     
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    TMC....
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    MAC is/was just an excuse to charge double. Even if the fish was collected properly, eating well and disease-free, you've still got a 10-20 hour ship to get it here and then you're relying on the retailer to have a disease-free tank (which is difficult when you have large amounts of stock going in and out - all you need in one parasite).

    You'll get good and bad collectors and suppliers no matter what the "qualification".
     
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    I honestly don't see how a UK company of this standard could still be claiming mac after all these years, it also doesn't make sense for the South African market getting Indonesian fish flown from indo to UK TMC to SA and paying the not so cheap UK currency
     
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    So can I get a refund on all the highly priced mac fish I've bought?
     
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    Lol its a good thing we had a 50% sale this past weekend on all the fish hahaha
     
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    Wow. To think I paid double get Mac fish.
    Will ask the lfs owner about this one...
     
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