The Trade in Saltwater Aquarium Fishes: Philippines Part 2

by | Nov 6, 2015 | Fish, Industry | 0 comments

This is segment two in a multi-part series on the marine aquarium trade and marine aquarium trade data. I’m Ret Talbot reporting from the Philippines as a special report to In this segment, we’ll look at why we need data. We’ll talk about illegal, unreported and unregulated (IUU) fisheries, shifting baselines and why a data-centric approach to is good for fisheries and the trade in fisheries products. Thanks for watching, and if you have questions or comments feel free to comment below or email me directly at [email protected]. Once I return to the States, I’ll be looking to answer any questions and continue the dialog with you on why data matter.

Click here to watch Part 1 in the series.

  • Ret Talbot

    Ret Talbot is an award-winning freelance writer and photographer who frequently covers fisheries at the intersection of science and sustainability. He is best known for his data-centered, investigative pieces in publications like Discover Magazine and CORAL Magazine. His multi-part series on the sustainability of the aquarium trade in CORAL, as well as his book Banggai Cardinalfish (Reef to Rainforest Media 2013), has brought attention to the socio-economic and environmental benefits of a sustainable aquarium trade, as well as the need for comprehensive aquarium trade reform. He lives in coastal Maine, where he blogs regularly at his own Good Catch Blog (

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