In the absence of hard data, small-scale fisheries like Kenya’s increasingly seem to be a better sourcing option for hobbyists looking to minimize the impact their aquariums have on wild reefs.
Although relatively few aquarists know it, Kenya has been the site of a small-scale marine aquarium fishery supplying fishes, invertebrates, and—until recently—corals to the trade since the mid-1970s.
This fishery is relatively new and currently is shipping mainly to Europe. It will be some time before fish and inverts from Ecuador will be seen in the US, but for now enjoy a sampling of the beautiful marine life found off the Ecuadorian coast.
Stocking the Toledo Zoo’s newly-renovated aquarium offered students an exceptional hands-on marine fish collection experience in Long Island.
Matthew L. Wittenrich describes the shocking methodology used to harvest Mandarin Dragonets from the wild, and argues this is one more reason the aquarium industry must focus on commercial scale captive breeding.