June 22, 2018

Farming aquarium species to save them

Garner, supervisor of the Mote Marine Laboratory’s sea-horse conservation lab, is one of several experts across the country trying to raise ornamental fish and other wild marine species in captivity. These researchers, many working at aquariums and zoos, are engaging in the kinds of farming operations once reserved for fish sold in food markets and restaurants.

For sea horses, the stakes are high. Nearly one-fourth of the 36 sea-horse species assessed by the International Union for Conservation of Nature are threatened with extinction.

Three factors account for the deaths of tens of millions of sea horses each year: the

Source: http://www.washingtonpost.com/national/health-science/farming-aquarium-species-to-save-them/2012/04/15/gIQAvYxfJT_story.html?wprss=rss_homepage