Newslet­ter

The Parosphromenus newslet­ter keeps it all together

We stay in touch with each other via our large email net­work and via the inter­net. Due to our wide-​spread net­work, real meet­ings will only be pos­si­ble on local or regional level; mostly they will be held in con­nec­tion with a meet­ing of a coop­er­at­ing asso­ci­a­tion. Nev­er­the­less the Parosphromenus Newslet­ter, avail­able since 2005 (up to issue 722009 it was called ”Paro-​Info”), is the most impor­tant means of com­mu­ni­ca­tion. It is a ser­vice for the mem­bers. They receive the actual issue auto­mat­i­cally after its release via our email dis­tri­b­u­tion list.

The Parosphromenus Newslet­ter con­tains impor­tant infor­ma­tion of all kinds like: notes on imports, news from the nat­ural habi­tats of Parosphromenus, mes­sages that we receive from other mem­bers, out­stand­ing stock or breed­ing news. The newslet­ter is also the cen­tre, from which we start our half-​annually cen­sus, the overview about our licorice gourami aquar­ium stock. Of course after­wards the results will be pub­lished here, too. Com­mu­ni­ca­tion itself will not auto­mat­i­cally guar­an­tee the con­ser­va­tion of our stock, but with­out its help, this would not work. A con­ser­va­tion project like ours, hav­ing a global per­spec­tive, has to rely on a well-​linked com­mu­ni­ca­tion between all parties.

Only twenty years , such a large com­mu­ni­ca­tion struc­ture was unthink­able. That is why all Parosphromenus enthu­si­asts had, until the turn of the mil­len­nium, no chance to develop an effec­tive con­ser­va­tion strat­egy for these fish. All Parosphromenus pop­u­la­tions that have been pre­vi­ously imported for the aquar­ium trade died out within a few years despite seri­ous and quite suc­cess­ful breed­ing attempts. Only the inter­net enabled the con­tact between like-​minded aquar­ists and helped to estab­lish the coor­di­na­tion of sup­port­ers within rea­son­able efforts. There­fore, since the devel­op­ment of the Parosphromenus Project in 2005, we used exclu­sively email and inter­net as com­mu­ni­ca­tion means and estab­lished the newslet­ter imme­di­ately. The use of con­ven­tional media would have over­strained our vol­un­tary and self-​organised com­mu­nity – this would be the case even today.

Becom­ing a mem­ber is equal to sub­scrib­ing to the newslet­ter. Any­one who wants to read pre­vi­ous issues or would like to par­tic­i­pate in a new sur­vey has to click the but­ton “Newslet­ter” in the header menu. Here one can access the newslet­ter archive as well as the actual sur­vey form.

Update feb­ruar 2019

Since 2018 the Newslet­ter has changed for­mat, so that it is now send out via MailChimp, from a mail­ing list. You can sub­scribe to the newslet­ter by fol­low­ing the link on this page, and you will then also be able to see the lat­est newslet­ter here.

The Newslet­ters which has been send out since this change, can there­fore not be accessed through the home­page archieve.

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