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Hawaii Likely To Ban Marine Fish Export

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Hawaii is going to be considering an entire ban on fishkeeping, salt AND fresh, and ban reef fish collecting in a few weeks. The current management measures aren't enough for the PETA/HSUS types, it seems, and people are actually listening to those idiots. It's looking bad this time. Check your Coral Magazine for details.

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mgarden   

I have mixed feelings on this issue. Mostly I think it it is due to irresponsible pet owners who disgard their pets when they dont want them any more. You can point out to a lot of problems specifically in Florida with reptiles in the everglades and the lion fish in both the Atlantic and the Gulf. On Hawaii they have had issues with their bird populations, some found no where else. Some pet stores will take animals back others dont. Many people think that they would rather the fish/reptile/cat/dog take the chances in the "wild" then to condem it to death at a shelter or in their toilet.

I dont think a ban on the hobby is reasonable but I dont know what the solution is. We cant microchip fish and like cats and dogs and fine their owners if the pound picks them up. If you require only aquacultured species (fresh and salt) well that limits the species but that doesnt mean the people wont release them. You cant make a retailer take the livestock back. But some retailer's dont have space for a 12" pacu. I dont think that education has worked, people collect local stuff, get tired of it and let it go, never thinking that they may have introduced a type of bacteria or pathogen into an environment where it wasn't before.

Somethings are banned already in different countries. You can import certain seahores from certain areas. NOAA is looking at regulating (banning) collection of certian corals here. It may be the way the hobby is headed - limiting species availability.

Dont know, but I understand why....

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Chris   

Mostly I think it it is due to irresponsible pet owners who disgard their pets when they dont want them any more.

This is exactly why. The real problem is these types are exponentially greater in number than people on message boards. I can tell you first hand.

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