The time has come for the entire aquarium industry to come together to help save the Hawaiian aquarium fishery. We can no longer afford to rely on a small segment of the industry to support the ongoing legal battles in Hawaii. The closure of the Hawaiian aquarium fishery would have lasting negative impacts on every segment of the aquarium industry, from the live animals to aquarium equipment to fish foods. The negative impacts will be felt by everyone, so it’s now imperative that everyone comes together to help secure the sustainable future of Hawaiian aquarium species.
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Hawaii’s marine aquarium fishery has been widely regarded as a model of proper fisheries management for the aquarium trade, with some calling it “The Gold Standard.”
Facing years of pressure from anti-aquarium activists, the fishery and its supporters had to win battles over the fishery every time. After repeatedly failing at legislative attempts to close the fishery when presented with solid data by fisheries managers, anti-aquarium activists finally found success through judicial channels, exposing an arguably back-door legal loophole that has all but shuttered the fishery, halting common collection methods and closing key fishing areas while demanding environmental review. PIJAC has invested substantial funds in the creation of the required scientific review, only to be rebuffed despite overwhelming evidence to the contrary. Where science once prevailed, personal opinions may be currently calling the shots.
Those in the know have suggested that if Hawaii’s Aquarium Fishery, well-managed by the State’s Department of Land and Natural Resources for decades, can be closed despite overwhelming proof of sustainability, then no aquarium fishery on the planet is safe. Florida’s marine aquarium fishery has long been suggested as “next on the list” for activists. Ending the aquarium trade and the keeping of fish in tanks altogether remains an ultimate stated goal, although not prominently promoted by the activists behind these efforts.
Those with ties to the herp hobby are likely well aware of USARK and its role in defending the rights of reptile and amphibian keepers. In my opinion, those types of battles will increasingly confront aquarists of all salinities. At this time, PIJAC and the Aquatics Defense Fund are the main legislative watchdog and lobbying group for our hobby and the aquarium industry. Their efforts and views are based on scientific facts, not emotion. As such, I contend they deserve your support, if you are willing and able to offer it.
Sr. Editor & Associate Publisher for CORAL Magazine
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