Nat Geo Summary of Operation Rock Bottom
20 Dec, 2018
December 17th, 2018, National Geographic published the latest among a number of online “Wildlife Watch” articles covering the trade in marine aquarium fish and corals.
In the article Inside the murky world of the aquarium trade, author Rene Ebersole details the 8-year long, ongoing Operation Rock Bottom, an extensive investigation by US Fish and Wildlife Service (USFWS) and the National National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) which plumbs the depths of the US-based marineaquarium livestock trade, emanating from poaching and laundered selling of fish and corals from Florida, radiating around the US and destinations abroad.
The article is being scrutinized by both professional and amateur aquarists, and members of the aquarium trade. Readers are invited to comment below.