Hawaii’s aquarium fish industry in deep water over collection controversies

This report aired on PBS NewsHour Weekend on February 15, 2015.

A proposed bill in Hawaii has ignited renewed discussion about the impact of the state’s largest aquarium fishery, which catches hundreds of thousands of gem-like saltwater fish each year for shipment to collectors around the world. Supporters say the industry is sustainable and regulated. But environmental activists say the practice is destructive and depletes populations of popular fish species.
Producers: Sam Weber and Saskia de Melker
Correspondent: Mike Taibbi
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Editor: Judith Wolff