I thought this was a good read. I'm not printing fingers. This article was posted in another forum and I thought y'all would find it interesting.
Agreed. But here in Indonesia, no matter how hard you try to spread awareness for this matter no one cares and they are like "who cares! It's only fish."Drummindot said:More than likely. It's such a shame too. I love having a slice of underwater nature in my living room but I don't think anyone needs one at the expense of nature itself. Such a shame.
Do not feel bad you aren't part of the problem. The more aware we all are the more likely something can be done one day to slow or even stop it.
Those who think it's only a fish don't realize the environmental impact of so many fish being removed from a Reef. I try to buy fish that are bred in my country (US). I'm not going to say that every fish I've ever gotten was US bred but I do try.Ed204 said:Agreed. But here in Indonesia, no matter how hard you try to spread awareness for this matter no one cares and they are like "who cares! It's only fish."
In local fish markets, most fish are kept in overstocked tanks, Bettas are kept in plastic bottles and I've even seen a Pacu be kept in a 40 gallon tank. (He was a good 15 inches)
I buy my fish from a local supplier who I know sells farm raised fish.Drummindot said:Those who think it's only a fish don't realize the environmental impact of so many fish being removed from a Reef. I try to buy fish that are bred in my country (US). I'm not going to say that every fish I've ever gotten was US bred but I do try.
I agree to better the trade and support sustainable ways of providing fish for the hobby are much better than just saying "don't do it".NavigatorBlack said:The techniques talked about are saltwater ones, and are less common than they were years ago. They were why I decided to never keep salt. But consider how many fish could be lined up beside the dumpster of a seafood exporter, a seafood restaurant or a trawler.
Balance that with the areas in the Amazon where there is a sustainable freshwater aquarium trade fishery over 60 years old that has supported generations of local fisher families - we are talking key parts of the economy of jungle cities. There is strong evidence that things like the cardinal tetra or stingray fisheries actually promote environmental protection as so many people make a living from the fish of the forests. You don't destroy the cash cow - you nurture it.
The article is very simplistic. Food for thought, yes. But if you chew it over for more than three bites, it seems to me to be a pretty poor piece of writing. It is a peek at the darker corners of the saltwater business though. It isn't all as bleak.
I hadn't thought about it also killing the coral but that also makes sense.-Mak- said:Reviving old threat, apologies;
We studied this in my marine ecology class. Not only are fish killed from these practices, our already shrinking coral reefs are dying because of wild caught fish too. The cyanide kills coral. There are also catching practices that involve bouncing rocks off the corals to herd the fish, which breaks the corals.
And in the end only 35% of wild caught fish live for more than 6 months in captivity.
This is why if I ever get a Saltwater tank I won't keep wild caught fish. I felt bad about getting wild caught amano shrimp, can't imagine how I'd feel getting wild Saltwater fish.
Totally agree with you, it was beautiful what they did at the end of the doc going around with the giant projecter shooting on giants walls , lots of city people gathered around to watch all the wonderful species this world has lost and to get the message across how many are going soon to be extinct, I will diffenetly give those other documentaries a watch. Thank you-Mak- said:JesseMoreira06 I've seen it, it's really good. It's by the same filmmakers who made The Cove, which I also highly recommend (bring a box of tissues, I bawled my eyes out). And related to Racing Extinction, Sharkwater is also good.
In the end I feel hopeful, but also apprehensive. We need to get the message out to everyone, not just people who like to watch documentaries and have easy access to these documentaries.