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FALL 2017

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Page 38 of 83 | 39 breed and rear yellow tang. "We are excited to finally see the results of more than a decade's work coming to fruition," said Chatham Callan, director of the finfish program at the Oceanic Institute (OI) of Hawaii Pacific University and current leader of the yellow tang breeding project. "This achievement is the result of what can only be described as a monumental group effort. We look forward to continuing this important work, aimed now at improving the methods necessary to take this to the next level." Success stories like this demonstrate what can be accomplished through the collaborative efforts of many. "This successful captive breeding of yellow tang is the important first step in a giant leap forward for marine aquaculture," said Dr. St. Leger. "Most people thought it couldn't be done. Rising Tide Conservation is proud to have supported Dr. Callan and his team at the Oceanic Institute in achieving this milestone." Research Centers, like the Oceanic Institute in Hawaii and the University of Florida's Tropical Aquaculture Lab, public aquariums like SeaWorld, commercial producers, hobbyists and industry leaders all maintain an open forum through Rising Tide Conservation. By determining and sharing best practices, they've enabled scientists, researchers and aquaculture biologists the ability to solve problems related to fish propagation that have challenged the aquatics community for decades. What is the next level and what does the future hold for marine aquaculture? Moving forward, the efforts in marine aquaculture are focused on raising new species and a whole lot more. Last month, the scientists at the Indian River Research Center released information on growing Cuban hogfish. These fish may not be as famous as Nemo, but they are beautifully colored red, white and yellow fish that thrive really well in aquariums. Also, this past August, Matt Wittenrich, the first Rising Tide biologist in Florida, opened a business selling aquaculture marine angelfish. Getting commercial adoption of the production of ornamental fishes at facilities around the globe is the biggest focus today. Rising Tide (and others) have had great success in culturing species that folks thought could not be done. "Now," Dr. Leger said, "we need commercial producers to take our playbook and raise these fish on a commercial basis. Sustainability means that we need to convince producers that marine fish can be produced as a business alternative to collecting them." What can you do? Hint: you don't have to be a marine scientist to make a difference in the sustainability of ornamen- tal marine species. If you're considering a saltwater aquarium, ask if the fish you are buying are captive bred. By buying captive-bred fish, you're helping to sustain the species and the reefs from which wild fish are caught. There are other benefits, too. Aquacultured fish are accustomed to living in captivity—thus better suited to aquarium life. Many shy species are bold and friendly when they are raised in aquaculture. They are conditioned to eat prepared foods so they thrive in both display tanks and home aquariums. By asking for and buying captive-bred fish, you're creating a demand that the market will rise to meet. And you'll be doing your part to ensure the sustainability and the future of these tropical species and the reefs in which they live. "Well done!" says Nemo. "I knew it!" says Bubbles. Yellow tang are one of the most popular aquarium fish. They can grow to a length of eight inches and live over 30 years. Photo courtesy of Rising Tide Conservation.

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