Clownfish are a popular aquarium species, particularly for young families. While aquariums provide a convenient way for parents and teachers to show children the wonders of the ocean in an educational environment, around 95% of fish are taken from the reef and wild populations of clownfish are under serious threat from overcollection. Our research indicates that only a third of the public are aware aquarium species are harvested from the wild. Our programs provide a great educational opportunity to engage in marine biology whilst highlighting the conservation issues and empowering families to help protect the Great Barrier Reef through making better informed consumer choices.
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