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.
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Predicting that uninformed consumers will be inspired to buy a live “Dory” for their aquariums, a European non-profit organization is mounting an educational campaign to discourage the purchase and keeping of Paracanthurus hepatus, variously sold as the Palette Surgeonfish, Regal Tang, Blue Tang, or Pacific Blue Tang, a native of the Indo-Pacific.