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Biodiversity & Conservation

, Volume 12, Issue 6, pp 1287–1295 | Cite as

Analysis of the marine ornamental fish trade at Ceará State, northeast Brazil

  • Cassiano Monteiro-Neto
  • Francisca Edna De Andrade Cunha
  • Mara Carvalho Nottingham
  • Maria Elizabeth Araújo
  • Ierecê Lucena Rosa
  • Glaura Maria Leite Barros
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Abstract

Brazil is one of the leading exporters of ornamental fishes, mostly freshwater; however, monitoring of the trade is nearly non-existent in the country. This paper provides an initial assessment of a new venture, the marine aquarium fish trade at Ceará State, northeast Brazil, aiming to document the species traded, to provide preliminary estimates of numbers of specimens traded, and to identify priorities in data collection and monitoring. A total of 143 species and 199 304 fishes were traded. From the total, 109 species were native and represented 84% of the fishes traded. Thirty-four exotic species figured on the permits and amounted to nearly 16% of the exports; however, most of them consist of misidentified native species. Nearly 90% of the fish trade was directed to the international market. Official figures represent an underestimation of the total number of captured specimens.

Marine aquarium fish Monitoring Northeast Brazil Trade 

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Authors and Affiliations

  • Cassiano Monteiro-Neto
    • 1
    • 2
  • Francisca Edna De Andrade Cunha
    • 2
  • Mara Carvalho Nottingham
    • 2
  • Maria Elizabeth Araújo
    • 2
  • Ierecê Lucena Rosa
    • 3
  • Glaura Maria Leite Barros
    • 4
  1. 1.Departamento de Biologia MarinhaUniversidade Federal FluminenseNiteróiBrazil
  2. 2.Grupo de Ictiologia Marinha Tropical – IMATDepartamento de Engenharia de Pesca, Laboratório de Biologia Aquática, Universidade Federal do CearáFortalezaBrazil
  3. 3.CCEN, Departamento de Sistemática e EcologiaUniversidade Federal da ParaíbaJoão PessoaBrazil
  4. 4.Instituto Brasileiro do Meio Ambiente e dos Recursos Naturais Renováveis-CEFortalezaBrazil

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