21 May '12, 9pm

Counting Nemo: A Deep Look at the Aquarium Trade

Associated Press A clownfish in an aquarium at a pet store in Tyler, Tex. Coral reef fish imported to the United States for saltwater aquariums are more diverse yet less numerous than previously thought, a new study suggests. The study, published in the journal PLoS ONE , found that fishes comprising 1,802 species from 125 families were imported into the United States over a yearlong study period. Previous estimates of diversity based on government import forms were 22 percent lower. Yet only about 11 million individual marine fish were imported, not the 15 million indicated on declaration forms. It’s the “onesies and twosies,” the species found in only a few tanks, that are most interesting, Andrew Rhyne , the lead researcher and a marine biologist at Roger Williams University and the New England Aquarium , remarked in a telephone interview. Nonetheless, 52 percent of the...

Full article: http://green.blogs.nytimes.com/2012/05/21/counting-nemo-a...

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