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Banggai Cardinalfish Future Discussed

The popular aquarium fish won’t receive protection.

Posted: June 15, 2007, 2 a.m. EST

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CITES decided to list the Indonesian Banggai Cardinalfish under its Appendix II protection
Photo Credit: Bioquatic Photo

A proposal was sent by the United States to the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora (CITES) to list the Indonesian Banggai Cardinalfish (Pterapogon kauderni) under its appendix II protection. CITES is an international agreement between governments that aims to ensure that international trade in specimens of wild animals and plants does not threaten their survival.

The proposal aimed to protect the small tropical marine fish found around the Banggai Islands of Indonesia. The proposal stated that the current collection rates for the aquarium trade is unsustainable and if continued the species could become extinct within the next decade.

The proposal was withdrawn by the United States after the pet industry lobbied that there were other ways to protect the Banggai Cardinalfish and the proposed listing could possibly lead to a complete halt on the export of wild Banggai Cardinalfish.

Proponents of the proposal referred to the fish having been successfully bred in captivity, thus eliminating the need to export wild ones and that the proposed listing would not terminate all trade of the species.

Currently the only protection the fish has is a law prohibiting people from outside the area from collecting them.

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P    Peru, IN

2/26/2010 1:00:52 PM

Didn't know that - But yeah - should prevent any loss of any fish !

Artie    Mt Vernon, NY

9/29/2009 6:57:45 AM

I do believe that as hobbyists it is our responsibility to self regulate to avoid a possible extinction that is very preventable. To the contrary I have herd from many in the industry that the shortage of these beauties is exaggerated and the population is very plentiful. I wish we could get unfiltered and unbiased information so we as hobbyists can make informed decisions that would influence the market as a whole.

Donna    Centerville, OH

4/13/2008 8:26:57 PM

Beautiful fish. We as informed hobbiests need to be involved, breeding when we can, reading, etc. so the wild populations are sustainable.

Donna    Centerville, OH

4/3/2008 9:40:35 PM

Protecting them sounds reasonable. I wonder what "the pet industry lobbied that there were other ways to protect the Banggai Cardinalfish" refers to?

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