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Poison Fishing
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Causes
Why does poison fishing occur?

The international trade in live reef food fish and aquarium fish is growing in both the demand for reef fish and the profits being made. Hong Kong is the biggest importer of live fish for food, while the United States is the biggest importer of aquarium fish. Both industries are able to pay a premium to enable exporters to search for new reefs once a particular area has been overfished. The use of cyanide is very effective in stunning targeted reef species, is relatively inexpensive, and decreases the time spent capturing fish.

Activities associated with poison fishing are often linked to other issues that affect the health of local coral reefs. To better understand how poison fishing is related to, but different from, other issues, refer to this Flowchart Diagram.
This butterflyfish, Chaetodon adiergastos, is one of many fish species targeted by the marine ornamental trade. Location: Pulau Aur, Johor, Malaysia Photo by: Yusri bin Yusuf (from ReefBase: http://www.reefbase.org)

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