Rising Tide Conservation



Rising Tide Conservation is dedicated to enhancing sustainability in the marine aquarium industry by funding and promoting marine ornamental fish aquaculture research. 


Aquaculture provides a sustainable source for aquarium fishes, and can reduce the impacts of wild collection on fish populations and the habitats where they live. Just a small percentage of marine fish species in the aquarium industry have been aquacultured, creating a need for research to develop and refine marine ornamental fish aquaculture methods.

We are committed helping meet this need by providing full and partial funding for  aquaculture research, both to develop initial aquaculture protocols and to optimize aquaculture protocols for commercial use. We achieve success by working collaboratively with researchers, public aquaria, hobbyists, pet industry professionals, and conservation groups to continue increasing the availability of aquacultured marine ornamental fish species in the aquarium industry, for both hobbyists and public aquaria.  

Additionally, we are supporting the next wave of aquaculture researchers and aquarists by funding graduate students and supporting professional development through internships and externships with our partners in the aquarium industry.


We believe successful conservation and sustainability requires collaboration (”a rising tide”), and our efforts are intended to benefit the aquarium industry, the ocean, and the people and marine life that depend on it. (“lift all boats”).


We fund research to develop and refine marine ornamental fish aquaculture methods in order to increase the number of aquacultured species in the aquarium trade.


We believe aquaculture is an important, impactful way to increase sustainability in the aquarium industry, but not the only way. We support verified sustainable initiatives, including the regulated and transparent wild collection of certain species.


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Dr Judy St Leger is the MACNA 2022 Keynote Speaker

Dr. Judy St. Leger is the MACNA 2022 Keynote Speaker Originally posted on MACNA.org, July 2022 Aquaculture and Sustainability: No More Clowning Around For over ten years, Rising Tide Conservation has been supporting research to increase options for marine ornamental aquaculture. Program successes have included tough pelagic species and species that just didn’t

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Behind the Scenes at Georgia Aquarium

Visit Georgia Aquarium to catch the view of the Tropical Diver Reef Wall and the many marine ornamental fishes displayed! Rising Tide Conservation’s mission is dedicated to developing and promoting aquaculture of marine ornamental fish species through the collaborative efforts of researchers, public aquaria, hobbyists, pet industry professionals, and conservation

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New Graduate Student at UF/IFAS TAL

Olivia Markham is a graduate assistant obtaining her Master of Science in Fisheries and Aquatic Sciences. Funded by Rising Tide Conservation, she is working with Dr. Matt DiMaggio and PhD candidate Casey Murray on marine ornamental aquaculture, focusing specifically on the Pacific Blue Tang and Flame Hawkfish. During her time

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