Captive Breeding Efforts to Save Coral Reefs…
There is a wonderful article written by Rachael Bale for National Geographic about captive breeding. http://news.nationalgeographic.com/2016/05/160503-marine-aquarium-trade-captive-bred-wild-caught-fish/. This is very important to the marine aquarium hobby. When I first started in the hobby it was very difficult to get captive bred fish. Now days most percula and ocellaris clowns are captive bred.
Hobbyist and Captive Breeding…
Many of the advances in captive breeding have been made by the hobbyist. Through their dedication and hard work many of the breakthroughs in breeding and coral fragging help sustain the hobby today. I personally only buy captive fragged coral and do my best to find captive bred fish.
Ask Before You Buy
Many of the local shops near me buy captive bred fish from local breeders. Take a moment before you buy and ask where the fish come from. A little research goes a long way. You can find many captive breeding efforts online and have an opportunity to purchase through them.
Benefits of Captive Bred
Unlike wild caught fish, captive fish do not endure the stress associated with their wild caught counterparts. So you have a much better survival rate and they acclimate to your aquarium much quicker. That is in addition to saving fish in the wild. If the demand goes down so does taking from the wild.
In addition to captive breeding, there are efforts for sustainable practices in the countries where they depend on the aquarium trade. Coral farming is a good example of creating an economy to replace taking from the reef. Farmers can grow the most desirable corals without harming the reef. This also keeps their waters clean because that is needed for good coral growth.
Your Ideas for Sustaining the Aquarium Trade????
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