Despite its recent success, the live aquarium fish trade faces a multitude of potential threats including incidences of reduced biodiversity from over-extraction, habitat destruction in some source countries, negative impacts of non-indigenous specie invasions, and a poor public image. Despite these threats, the aquarium trade is a unique and extremely significant positive force for both local fishing communities and for international conservation awareness.
The Marine Aquarium Industry
Benefits include, but are not limited to:
Saving threatened species from the brink of extinction through the development of captive breeding programs, catalyzing habitat preservation through sustainable supply-side practices, fostering research, and promoting education in coral reef conservation/preservation.
These sustainable practices include stewardship, mechanisms for sustainable livelihoods via poverty alleviation, and the protection of threatened ecosystems.
Finally, consumer education of aquarium trade sustainability can promote widespread public appreciation for the world’s aquatic ecosystems with the ultimate goal of minimizing negative impacts of this trade.