Orange Clownfish May Become Protected Species

by | Sep 7, 2014 | Conservation, Fish, Science | 0 comments

nemoThere has been a lot of movement about the controversial Hawaiian ornamental select fish collection ban over recent months. The proposed addition of the  Amphiprion percula (Orange Clown fish) by The National Marine Fisheries Service may add further fuel to the fire. This recent decision responds to a 2012 petition which argues that Global warming and other environmental pressures may warrant protection for the orange clown fish and seven species of damselfish under the U.S. Endangered Species Act. The service has denied six of the damselfish the protected status, but is still reviewing the orange clown fish and the yellow damselfish.

It should be noted that the abundance of aquacultured clownfish should significantly reduce collecting pressures off wild stocks. Therefore, I urge all aquarists to purchase aquacultured clown fish and other species whenever possible in order to both preserve wild stocks and silence critics . MORE


  • Francis Yupangco

    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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