Fiji shuts down all coral and live rock exports...

Discussion in 'Reef Talk' started by afboundguy, Jan 6, 2018.

  1. afboundguy

    afboundguy Acan's are inedible candy Moderator BRS Member

  2. aresangel

    aresangel Well-Known Member Officer BRS Member

    Thanks for the update! I read the news on the 28th but didn’t know what happened since then. With Hawaii on hiatus and now Fiji, we are going to have to rely on aquaculture more and more in the future. Which means prices for lps will most likely be higher than sps because of the slower growth.




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  3. dz6t

    dz6t Acro Garden, BRS Sponsor BRS Member

    Unfortunately this is real and no joke.
    Walt Smith has just laid off most of its employees.



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  4. afboundguy

    afboundguy Acan's are inedible candy Moderator BRS Member

    New this would ultimately happen and honestly I think it's whats best for the hobby and the wild. I can't remember the last captive piece I've put in my tank...

    Seems like they are getting the raw end of the deal. From what I read it looked like the company was set up with the support of the government to try and save the wild collecting of corals by mariculturing and all the corals they were growing can't be exported due to the blanket ban...
     
  5. dz6t

    dz6t Acro Garden, BRS Sponsor BRS Member

    It is kind of strange as WSI is the only exporter in Fiji now.


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  6. dz6t

    dz6t Acro Garden, BRS Sponsor BRS Member

    Huh?



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  7. aresangel

    aresangel Well-Known Member Officer BRS Member

    I think he means wild captured coral.


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  8. dz6t

    dz6t Acro Garden, BRS Sponsor BRS Member

    That makes more sense


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  9. Chris A.

    Chris A. Formally toomanyfish BRS Member

    I hope this is just a way of the government to cut out the middle man ( WSI )
    Unless they keep up with what he was doing on replenishing the destroyed reefs , they won’t have reefs to protect in a decade
     
  10. dz6t

    dz6t Acro Garden, BRS Sponsor BRS Member

    Fiji filed 0 quota for coral to CITES for 2018, so there will be none for export.


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  11. dz6t

    dz6t Acro Garden, BRS Sponsor BRS Member

    Now the industry still have Australia and Indo, Vietnam was pretty much done I heard due to over harvesting.


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  12. afboundguy

    afboundguy Acan's are inedible candy Moderator BRS Member

    Yes sorry I meant I can't remember the last piece that wasn't aquacultured that went into my tank... It was too early for me to post on not enough sleep lol
     
  13. dz6t

    dz6t Acro Garden, BRS Sponsor BRS Member

    More coffee?


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  14. gurumasta

    gurumasta Senior Moron BRS Member

    This blows....

    I understand the wild caught portion but not the mari/ aqua cultured part of it...
     
  15. dz6t

    dz6t Acro Garden, BRS Sponsor BRS Member

    It is a blanket ban, including aquacultured coral. OMG
     
  16. jesse alex ethier

    jesse alex ethier Non-member

    At this rate we might have to get permits to own a reef tank but this just means people are going to up the price on everything and make this hobby hurt ours pockets
     
  17. dz6t

    dz6t Acro Garden, BRS Sponsor BRS Member

    It impacts SPS especially acro more, unfortunately.
    With Tonga out of action for years now, Aussie is what's left for beautiful SPS.
     
  18. Greg Hiller

    Greg Hiller BRS Moderator Staff Member Moderator BRS Member

    Sadly no amount of decrease in harvest of corals in that region is likely to stop the decline. Temps are just rising too fast for the coral to adapt. Bleaching events will only increase over the next few decades until many of these equatorial regions have vast areas that are dead. I surmise that in time the reefs will migrate both north and south of the equator, but this will take a long time, and some of the really slow growing species will probably not be able to adapt. If you want to see what the real reefs look like time is running low, strap on your tank and make some bubbles.
     
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  19. Abrooks12376

    Abrooks12376 Well-Known Member BRS Member

    Think you meant "hurt our pockets... even more!!!"

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  20. Pinkskunk

    Pinkskunk Well-Known Member BRS Member

    going back to keeping Goldfish or Koi,
     

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