A relatively small number of aquarists are viewing with growing concern the current publicity wave for the upcoming Disney/Pixar movie titled “Finding Dory” and featuring this fish: a Blue or Hippo Tang (Paracanthurus hepatus).
Hawaii is, in many ways, the chosen battleground for some of the most engaged and vocal anti-aquarium-trade activists advancing arguments ranging from fishery sustainability to animal welfare.
The Banggai cardinalfish, Pterapogon kauderni, is the first saltwater aquarium fish listed under the Endangered Species Act (ESA). NMFS may initiate rulemaking which could limit or end the trade in Banggai Cardinalfish, including aquacultured fish.
The fact that the majority of marine aquarium fishes entering U.S. markets originate in the Philippines has long worried some aquarium trade stakeholders and critics. The concerns stem largely from the fact that illegal, unreported, and unregulated (IUU) fishing has been so prevalent in this nation of 7,107 islands and the government has appeared so unwilling to address it.
The National Marine Fisheries Service announced today that they will not list the orange clownfish (Amphiprion percula) as threatened or endangered under the Endangered Species Act (ESA) at this time.