We're donating 10% of sales to PIJAC's Aquatic Defense Fund on February 23rd - 24th.
YOUR FREEDOM TO RESPONSIBLY OWN FISH IS AT RISK.
SAFEGUARD YOUR HOBBY.
PIJAC is organizing members and supporters to fight for the long-term viability of having fish as pets. We urgently need your help with these critical issues:
- Endangered Species Act Petitions to list the orange clownfish (Amphiprion percula), the yellowtail damselfish (Microspathodon chrysurus), and the Banggai cardinalfish (Pteropogon kauderni) could terminate all imports into the U.S. and ban interstate movement of both wild harvested and captive bred fish within the U.S.
NOTE:December 16, 2014 — NMFS published proposed rule to list Banggai and several other species under the ESA. Comments due February 17, 2015.
- The NOAA decision to list 20 species of corals as "endangered" or "threatened" species will ban all imports, prevent interstate commerce and shut down U.S. coral culturing operations, unless unprecedented exemptions are granted to allow continued commercial take, importation, and interstate commerce of wild species, or at a minimum aqua-cultured specimens of those species.
- The similarity of appearance rule could significantly broaden the reach and impacts of any ruling to list any fish or invertebrate species under the Endangered Species Act, causing sweeping impacts to our trade and the hobby. A large number of the coral species in trade are difficult to differentiate from those that have been listed.
- Ongoing anti-trade litigation and industry-crippling bill introductions at both the County and State levels in Hawaii are posing serious threats to the survival of the aquarium trade fishery in Hawaii. These efforts rooted in moral and ethical-differences often discount the science, data, and ultimately the reality of the best managed near-shore fishery in the state. Needless to say, the effects of a Hawaiian aquarium trade shut-down would be devastating.
- Visit the Aquatics Committee’s Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ) for more information about PIJAC and the Aquatic Committee’s activities. The FAQs will be updated on routine basis so important to keep checking for the most up-to-date information.
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