Finding Dory: How Many are There?

Richard AspinallBy Richard Aspinall 5 years ago2 Comments

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With the release of Disney’s Finding Dory scheduled for the summer, SAIA asks: will the expected demand in the aquarium trade for P. hepatus be problematic?

Many novice aquarists may be unaware that their cute little Dory might turn into a large ebullient fish that needs plenty of swimming room

Many novice aquarists may be unaware that their cute little Dory might turn into a large ebullient fish that needs plenty of swimming room

While the conservation status of P. hepatus is classed by the IUCN as Least Concern, the Sustainable Aquarium Industries Association (SAIA) are asking if we ought to be a little more concerned for Dory.

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often sold as two inch youngsters that look adorably cute when shoaling in a dealer's tanks, many fish may be bought on impulse without the proper care.

often sold as two inch youngsters that look adorably cute when shoaling in a dealer’s tanks, many fish may be bought on impulse without the proper care.

flyer_a4_0103 Kopie_enNormally, the Least Concern label sends the message that a fish can be caught without too much of a concern that its exploitation is contributing to its decline in the wild.  The thing is though, very often data is patchy or even non-existent.  SAIA say that population data on P. hepatus across Indonesia and the Philippines isn’t available, so the impact of increased fishing on the species cannot be measured.RCA_4033 regal tangs

You can read more about SAIA’s campaign at their website:

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Richard lives in Scotland where he works as a freelance writer and photographer. Richard writes for several magazines on topics as diverse as scuba diving, travel and wildlife.

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