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.
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.