"SAVING THE OCEAN ONE FRY AT A TIME"
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.
Leave Them Wild: The Importance of Choosing Aquacultured Banggai Cardinalfish, Pterapogon kauderni. The future of the marine aquarium industry relies in part on the shift to sustainable sourcing of marine life. Marine ornamental aquaculture is a sustainable source alternative to wild collection.* In some cases, aquacultured fish can completely meet
The Rising Tide Conservation team at the UF/IFAS Tropical Aquaculture Lab has been working on aquaculturing the fire goby, Nemeteleotris magnifica. Also known as fire dartfish or firefish goby, the fire goby is an Indo-Pacific reef-associated fish that can be found in tropical waters from East Africa to Hawaii. Fire
©Twilight Zone Expedition Team 2007, NOAA-OER Family: Chaetodontidae (Butterflyfishes) Genus: Chaetodon Common names: Banded Butterflyfish, Banded Mariposa, Butterbum, Portuguese Butterfly Aquaculture History In 2019, the first successful aquaculture of the banded butterflyfish, Chaetodon striatus, was achieved by Dr. Cortney Ohs, Benjamin Lovewell, Paul Schlict, and Fred Shopnitz at the University of Florida