Posted by: nyaquatic | January 25, 2012

What’s up with Red Sea fish?

Saudi Arabia used to account for about 90% of the Red Sea fish collected and exported for the aquarium trade.   In 2007, Saudi Arabia, followed closely by Egypt, the other main Red Sea supplier, banned collection and export of all Red Sea fish for the ornamental hobby.  Overnight, Red Sea fish had become impossible to find.

It’s taken several years, but some new suppliers, mainly Yemen and Eritrea, have begun to export Red Sea fish.  The numbers are nowhere near where they used to be, and therefore the price is MUCH higher, but we are starting to get Red Sea fish again.



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