30 Jun '14, 6pm

Sea Shepherd seeks end to Hawaii's aquarium trade

Sea Shepherd seeks end to Hawaii's aquarium trade

In an effort to protect the fragile ecosystems of coral reefs and the marine species they depend upon, the Sea Shepherd Conservation Society has launched a new campaign to end Hawaii's lucrative aquarium trade. The multi-billion dollar industry, which depends upon an estimated 500,000 fish taken from waters around the Aloha state each year, is regarded by activists has a severe threat to reef diversity and survival. "The aquarium trade is a dark hobby," Mike Long, Sea Shepherd’s reef defense coordinator, said in a statement . "We are grateful to be here and involved in a movement to protect such a remarkable ecosystem." Worldwide, an estimated 30 million marine creatures are scooped from reefs in some 40 countries, with the United States being the number one importer, followed by Europe and Japan. According to Sea Shepherd numbers, more than 90 percent of the marine animal...

Full article: http://www.mnn.com/earth-matters/animals/blogs/sea-shephe...

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