The aquarium hobby often gets a bad rap. The few times that the media ever looks at us they’re either claiming we’re raping the environment of its wild animals or they’re blaming us for the release of a species that has become invasive.
Occasionally we will get a positive mention, such as recent press on the importance of the ornamental fishery to communities on the Rio Negro and articles on the first ever tank raised blue tangs. But those stories are rarely told.
On top of these, there are more stories of the aquarium community driving conservation. We’re breeding species that are otherwise extinct, protecting wild ecosystems, and restoring lost habitats. We have supplied zoos and aquariums as they create survival plans for critically endangered species.
Check out our infographic for just a few of the ways the aquarium hobby has promoted conservation.
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