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"To Brent, Yes commercial trawling is a major problem but fishing for the aquarium trade is as well. The species that are being caught for the aquarium trade are for the most part not the same species that are being caught by trawlers (I went along with a trawler and did notice that some moray eels and a large puffer fish were caught) because they live around coral reefs where trawlers don't come. Instead diving fishermen come to coral reefs and catch the fish as was mentioned by poison or dynamite but when these methods are outlawed by breaking the corals and poking in holes leaving the reefs demolished as well. I am currently doing my thesis in Vietnam and inside the (extremely poorly enforced marine park) all the species that are interesting for the aquarium trade are either at extremely low levels or locally extinct. Fish such as angel fish. So don't act like its someone else's fault but realise it's everyone's fault. The aquarium trade is absolutely unsustainable with its current practices so if you want to have an aquarium (which I completely understand) at least try to buy fish that are not endangered and unlikely to become endangered. Also maybe consider contributing to some organizations that try to protect the coral reefs."
"Bastiaan"

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