I was, quite frankly, shocked that a commercial fishery in U.S. waters would be so unregulated.
After years of rumblings, annual temblors with threats of legislation, and constant prophesies of doom for Hawaiian aquarium fishers—as well as mounting calls for a total ban on the marine aquarium trade—a landmark law has just been passed that will bring a sea change in the way a unique resource is used and managed in the volcanic islands of Hawaii.
CORAL Magazine’s updated and definitive captive-bred marine aquarium fish species list current through December 17th, 2013, by Tal Sweet.
The following are the only marine fishes that may be legally collected for sale in the marine aquarium trade under the new White List rule covering the West Hawaii Regional Fishery Area.
From bare rock to thriving reef aquarium in two years.