by Tom Lang Welcome to the new Breeder’s Registry website. We have saved all the original Spawning Reports and other content you’ve come to enjoy and reference since we began back in 1993 with our first website and will be re-posting this content on this new site over the next few months. We appreciate your patience during this transition period. As you may have noticed, visitors to this new site…
Ho Yuan-hsing, an associate researcher at Taiwan’s Fisheries Research Institute – Eastern Marine Biology Research Center, has reported spawning the Blue Surgeonfish (Paracanthurus hepatus) and preparing to ramp up production by 2012 to a large scale.
In their paper, Coastal pollution limits pelagic larval dispersal, published in Nature Communications on March 8, 2011, co-authors Jon Puritz and Breeder’s Registry co-founder Rob Toonen, Ph.D. of University of Hawaii’s Hawaii Institute of Marine Biology document linkages between human pollution and the lack of genetic diversity of the Bat Star (Patiria miniata) along California’s southern coast. The paper shows how human-caused runoff and effluent are acting as barriers to larval dispersal and that inland actions are indeed impacting a species that is normally free of direct human contact.
Hawaii’s Snorkel Bob (aka Robert Wintner) has written a post on the Sea Shepherd blog where he proceeds to blame the collection of reef fishes for the aquarium trade for the decline of Hawaii’s reefs. In his very first paragraph, however, he describes an extremely common non-Hawaiian (and often aquarium-bred) species: “The tentative hobbyist with a ten-gallon tank and one anemone clownfish as seen in Finding Nemo stays in briefly, because anemone clownfish die soon in a small tank.”
Hawaii Senator Josh Green, M.D. (D-Kohala/Kona). a member of four powerful committees including Commerce and Consumer Protection as well Energy and Environment, says he will be introducing a bill in the Hawaii State Legislature to ban collection of all tropical fish in Hawaiian waters.
According to an Associated Press story, Sen. Green says the ban is needed because the numbers of fish around the Big Island and Maui have decreased. The story also quotes the Senator as saying it’s time to restore the Gold Coast – a reference to the formerly huge numbers of Yellow Tangs that populated the western coast of the Big Island of Hawaii, making the water appear “golden” at times due to their numbers.
Whatever your opinion is on the causes of global warming, rising sea surface temperatures are causing well-documented bleaching events once again this year over a wide swath of Indo-Pacific coral reefs – many of which provide the homes for the fishes we commonly see in the aquarium industry.
The Breeder’s Registry has been promoting aquarium breeding of marine fishes and invertebrates since 1992. From the very beginning, there were those in the hobby who expressed concern that if we increased the domestic production of these animals to a great extent, the fishers on the coral reefs would be out of work. Here we are 18 years later and the importation of wild caught aquarium fish and coral still continues to increase. Yet the controversy persists.
Last year, legislation was introduced in Hawaii that would have limited the number of ornamental fish a person can bag in one day. This legislation defined “ornamental fish” as “saltwater fish, usually found in or around reefs, that are commonly kept in aquariums” including, but not limited to, the following:
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