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Rising Tide Conservation 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 groups. Rising Tide is committed to increasing the availability of aquacultured marine ornamental fish species in the aquarium industry in order to reduce the impacts of wild fish collection on fish populations and the coral reefs where they live.
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Rising Tide Conservation supports research to develop techniques for raising marine ornamental fish for both public displays and aquarium hobbyists. These methods promote conservation and sustainability, and provide an alternative to wild reef collection.
The vast majority of marine aquarium fish are wild-caught. It can be difficult to trace the origin of many aquarium fish, which can make it near impossible to know if they were caught using sustainable fishing methods.
We want to protect marine fish and their habitats. Through aquaculture we can provide an alternative that doesn’t require removing fish from the wild, or damaging coral reefs in the collection process. The percent of commercially available aquacultured marine aquarium fish species is only 10-15%. We are dedicated to increasing this number, and we can do it with your help
Rising Tide Conservation reaches across the spectrum of marine ornamental fish conservation. We collaborate with over 48 facilities. These stakeholders include public aquaria, research universities, marine fish producers, and aquarium wholesalers and retailers.
Rising Tide Conservation supported research facilities have aquacultured nearly 30 species of marine ornamental fish, and we are constantly working to increase this number!
The first marine fish Rising Tide Conservation supported that was successfully reared was the Porkfish, Anisotremus virginicus. It is now commercially produced by FishEye Aquaculture and sold through Segrest Farms.