The Impact of Popular Film on the Conservation of Iconic Species: Anemonefishes in the Aquarium Trade

Carmen R. B. da Silva, Cassie M. Hoepner, Manon Mercader, Vincent Laudet, Karen Burke da Silva

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Abstract


The movie Finding Nemo and its sequel Finding Dory have put coral reef fish and specifically anemonefish in the spotlight. But how have these movies impacted the trade of anemonefish? Furthermore, what is the economic importance and impact of the ornamental fish trade more generally? This chapter explores these questions and reaches the conclusion that even if the vast majority of anemonefishes (especially Amphiprion ocellaris and Amphiprion percula) are raised in captivity, wild harvesting still impacts populations, which should be taken into consideration in conservation management plans. We also discuss existing anemonefish restoration projects and how these iconic species can be used to educate the general public on the importance of protecting coral reefs and marine environments more broadly.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationEvolution, Development and Ecology of Anemonefishes
Subtitle of host publicationModel Organisms for Marine Science
EditorsVincent Laudet, Timothy Ravasi
Place of PublicationFlorida
PublisherCRC Press
Chapter21
Pages223-235
Number of pages12
ISBN (Electronic)9781003125365
ISBN (Print)9780367645816, 9780367645779
DOIs
Publication statusE-pub ahead of print - 7 Nov 2022

Keywords

  • Bioscience
  • Environment & Agriculture
  • Anemonefishes

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