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Old 06/10/2008, 02:52 AM   #204
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Given that most aquarists don't have immediate access to beaches, I don't disagree with individual collectors doing what the previous poster suggested. But I disagree with the proposals that plankton and inverts should be harvested from the wild and sold. They're not endangered because the populations haven't declined - yet. I make frequent trips to Hawaii for work and while diving have seen a noticeable decline due to collection of reef-fishes and tide-pool inverts there over the years. Our hobby definitely can have a negative impact if we're not careful. Additionally, many inshore habitats (particularly tide-pools, mud-flats, etc) are key nurseries for young fish. Again, not a problem if only a few people do this but exporting it in quantity for profit is almost certainly not sustainable. Given many of these critters can be readily grown at home people should be encouraged to pursue aquaculture.

My two cents.

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