Sustainable Fishkeeping

By Francis Yupangco 7 years agoNo Comments

The Importance of Sustainable Fishkeeping

Fluval aquatic expert Francis Yupangco explains key considerations when deciding whether to keep captive-bred or wild-caught fish.

The decision to keep captive-bred or wild-caught fish is a decision all hobbyists should make. Most fresh water raised are captive raised. On the contrary, most marine fish are caught in the wild, with the exceptions of Clown fish, Damsel Fish and a few other exceptions. Technology now allows us to raise captive-bred fish that were never available before. Captive-bred fish take pressure off of wild stocks. Additionally, generally speaking captive-bred fish adapt better to aquarium captive environments because they have been raised on prepared diets. Captive-bred fish due come at a premium cost however and hobbyists have to be willing to pay these costs. Responsible Aquaculture Organizations like the Rising Tide Conservation and ORA are doing a great job leading the way to further acquaculture in the marine aquarium hobby.

  Conservation, Opinion, Science

 Francis Yupangco

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Francis is a marine biologist with an MBA and over 20 years of professional aquarium experience. Francis is the former Aquatic Development Manager at Hagen USA., makers of Fluval brand aquarium products. He co-stars on Nat Geo WILD's reality TV series Fish Tank Kings where he is the resident "Fish Geek" and was Director of Marketing at Living Color Aquariums. He is an avid explorer having visited over 45 countries and lived in 7. At 17, he was among the youngest aquarists ever hired by the Vancouver Aquarium, where he worked for 7 years. His aquatic biology experience ranges from larval fish rearing to the design, construction and operational management of renowned public aquariums around the world. Francis is currently head of marketing at the world's largest vertically integrated fish farming company.

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