Inspired To Conserve Our Marine Habitats
Where do public aquariums and home hobbyists get their fish?
Without any further information, much of the public would assume that they are aquacultured. However, this is not normally the case.
Many aquariums and hobbyists acquire their live animals from sustainable and managed suppliers, like Dynasty Marine. Public aquariums around the world display more than 2500 different species of sharks, rays, fish, and invertebrates. There are very few of these species, less than 10%, that can be readily acquired through aquaculture. Though aquaculture helps to supplement, the most viable option is to acquire these specimens through sustainable and managed wild sourcing. These animals act as ambassadors for their species to the public around the world, for educational purposes and help to promote conservation through awareness.
At Dynasty Marine, all our collections are done by highly trained individuals. Since we generally target a very specific species using proprietary techniques with our activities, we encounter little or no bycatch.
We have worked diligently with the State of Florida’s Florida Wildlife Conservation Commission since 1986 to develop the Florida Marine Life Fishery Rule. Throughout the course of our history, our business model has always been based on sustainable collections and long-term management of our resource. Through proactive suggestions, Dynasty Marine along with other stakeholders were successful in converting our fishery to a limited entry fishery in 1996. Meaning, no new collection permits have been issued from the state since that time and to obtain a collection permit, one would have to buy an existing license.
Our fishery is the most comprehensive fishery management program in the world with individual species size limits, bag limits, seasons, and in some instances, annual quotas. After each day of collection, the quantities of each species along with the collection area, collection method, and time the spent collecting is reported to the state. This way the state can monitor trends to track “unit per effort” on collections of each species to ensure that collections are truly sustainable year after year.
If you are a hobbyist or thinking about becoming a hobbyist and having your own fish in your care at your home, it is vitally important that you know that your fish are coming from sustainable and managed fisheries. Some of the best fisheries in the world are in Florida, Hawaii, and Australia. There are other fisheries throughout the Philippines, Indonesia, China, and others where the use of cyanide is destroying reefs through illegal collections.
Ask questions and demand to know that the fish you are buying or are seeing on display come from sustainable and managed fisheries. If each of us choose to become more informed and make educated decisions, we can help to eliminate these illegal fisheries and help protect coral reefs around the world from illegal and destructive fishing practices