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The aquarium trade is hurting Hawaii reef species and habitat — and hurting Hawaii people.

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Commercial operations that capture and ship Hawaii’s reef fish for mainland pet sales need stronger regulations on their activities.

Aquarium fish collectors and wholesalers in the pet trade injure, kill and waste Hawaii’s marine life with practices aimed at reducing their costs. More fish are then captured to replace those that die too soon.

A 2012 study showed mainland companies significantly profiting from these early deaths and subsequent replacement sales.

It’s a vicious cycle that amplifies environmental degradation.

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{ 3 comments… read them below or add one }

Mara Hisiger July 20, 2012 at 1:06 pm

For the fishes and the future…


Steve Madaras September 4, 2012 at 8:17 am

My experience has been with aquariums has been that they have scientists (Marine Biologist)who apply for permits under science and research the hire, (subcontract collectors)commercial collectors to fill the order. That is the problem, how do you manage that?


Admin September 4, 2012 at 10:21 am

Good question Steve! The Special Activity Permits you refer to are not open ended – they come with limits – and are considered on a case by case basis. It’s not a blanket approval for an unlimited number of collectors to take an unlimited number of animals, as currently exists for the trade. Once that problem is solved and Hawaii’s wildlife is not supplying home hobbyists, the scope of what the for-profit and non-profit public aquariums will come to light.


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