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Posted Wed Jan 21 2009: from New York Times:
Growing Taste for Reef Fish Sends Their Numbers Sinking
KOTA KINABALU, Malaysia -- ... The fierce appetite for live reef fish across Southeast Asia — and increasingly in mainland China — is devastating populations in the Coral Triangle, a protected marine region home to the world’s richest ocean diversity, according to a recent report in the scientific journal Conservation Biology. Spawning of reef fish in this area, which supports 75 percent of all known coral species in the world, has declined 79 percent over the past 5 to 20 years, depending on location, according to the report.... She added, "From a very practical perspective, loss of the aggregations ultimately means loss of the associated fishery, so it makes good practical sense to change our attitude."
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'Doc Michael says:
The money to be made only increases as the reef fish rarity increases. This is the "invisible hand" of the free market throttling Mother Nature.

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