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 the trade significantly profits from these early deaths and subsequent replacement sales.
It’s a vicious cycle that amplifies environmental degradation.
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