Fisheries Science

, 72:40 | Cite as

New perspectives on aquarium fish trade

  • David Lecchini
  • Sandrine Polti
  • Yohei Nakamura
  • Pascal Mosconi
  • Makoto Tsuchiya
  • Georges Remoissenet
  • Serge Planes


Since the 1990s, the international market for importing aquarium fish is suspicious of stock coming from South-East Asia. Fish catches are still executed with cyanide-based toxic products. In the present paper, the potential of the French Polynesian Islands to develop a marine aquarium fish business with a new approach is explored. Coral reef fish are captured at the larval stage with crest nets, then larvae are reared in aquaria before being put on the world ornamental fish market. This approach offers several advantages: (i) larvae are captured with a passive system placed on the reef crest (crest net) that does not destroy the environment and limits the stress on collected larvae; (ii) larvae are then put into farmed basins that allow them to be controlled sanitarily; and (iii) larvae are weaned at the farm and fed rapidly with artificial food. This method increases survival rates as it eliminates the food acclimatization problem of fish captured at adult stage (main cause of fish mortality in aquaria). Overall, reared larvae will constitute a new product in terms of species, sizes and quality of ornamental fish on the aquarium market.

Key words

crest net economic sustainability fisheries French Polynesia larvae management marine ornamental fish 


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Authors and Affiliations

  • David Lecchini
    • 1
  • Sandrine Polti
    • 2
  • Yohei Nakamura
    • 1
  • Pascal Mosconi
    • 3
  • Makoto Tsuchiya
    • 1
  • Georges Remoissenet
    • 4
  • Serge Planes
    • 2
    • 5
  1. 1.University of the Ryukyus-Laboratory of Ecology and SystematicsNishihara, OkinawaJapan
  2. 2.Centre de Recherches Insulaires et Observatoire de l’EnvironnementCRIOBEMooreaFrench Polynesia
  3. 3.Aquarium de CanetCanet en RoussillonFrance
  4. 4.Service de la PêcheTahitiFrench Polynesia
  5. 5.EPHE, UMR 8046 CNRSUniversité de PerpignanPerpignanFrance

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