Reflections in Aquaculture


As we celebrate the one year anniversary of our Aqua cultured Yellow tangs I am taken back to a year ago. When i opened an email from Segrest farms that talked about the first aquacultured yellow tangs being available for sale. I remember telling my mom and dad about it and thinking that we had to get some. It was such an amazing piece of history.
I had no idea in that moment that our lives would shift to a different path. One with endless opportunities and one of giving back to this amazing industry that has been our life for years. In the past year we have brought in so many amazing aquacultured species and our goal is 100 % aquacultured fish.

I love how this industry is at a turning point and that there is so much support. Rising Tide Conservation is the driving force behind this turning point. They have been a part of these historic accomplishments and continue to lead the way in research and most of all education of the public. This is where we need to really step up. Aquacultured fish are an amazing accomplishment and have changed the industry forever, but all of that work will be nothing without the education of the public to buy these fish. We need to shout from the rooftops how amazing aquacultured fish are and how they are healthier and happier, how they will not only survive, but thrive! We need to tell the story of Tango our captive bred pacific blue tang. We need to make it known that the oceans are dying and if we want our kids and grand kids to know what its like to have saltwater fish, then captive bred fish have to be the answer.

Our Yellow tangs have been here a year and are thriving, not surviving. How could they not thrive? All they know is aquarium life.  They eat frozen food, pellets, flakes, nori, and any other type of food we throw in there. They are not afraid of us. I imagine that they do not look out longingly and think of ocean life, they just keep swimming.

Maybe the 14 year old clown fish tells them stories from her ocean days but she likely has forgotten them too. I can imagine the tangs all sitting in their caves tucked in after the lights are out and listening to her stories, in awe. Maybe she had adventures like Marlin and Dory did. Maybe she tells of the day she was caught and thrown into a tank. Whatever the story is I hope its epic.

These are the days we will look back on in history and our story could go one of two ways.

The first could be:

Wow the beginning of the century sure was great for aquatic life and that’s when we started to get serious and save the oceans. Aquarium fish are now being mostly raised in captivity, and everyone can still enjoy them in their homes.

Here is the second way it could go.

Wow they made such advancements in aquacultured fish back then but not enough people cared and bought them.  Now the only way to see these beautiful fish is in public aquariums, or in books and online. Home aquariums are a thing of the past.

These two scenarios are of course extremes, but they can turn into reality if we don’t change our ways.

I support aquaculture, will you?

Yellow Tang video when they first came

Author: Jen Lowy

My name is Jen Lowy and I am the proud owner of Colchester Pet Shop in Colchester, CT. My love of fish and all animals started when I was young helping out at my parents pet shop. I love writing about my passion and sharing it with you. Aquaculture is my huge passion and my mission is to inform everyone about its importance through my blogs. Aquaculture is the future!

4 thoughts on “Reflections in Aquaculture”

  1. Hi Gen, your efforts in raising awareness and support in the area of sustainability within our hobby are to be highly commended. Just to let you know you are not alone in this endevour. There are a growing number within our hobby who are becoming aware of the choices available and I am extremely confidant that this is having a positive effect. At times the struggle seems hard but I am positive that with the support of individuals like yourself and the growing number of sustainable aquarists we will eventually be able to offer the level of commercial support that this part of the industry deserves. Happy Easter and thanks for the effort. Best wishes Tony Thompson, Sustainable Marine – Reefers UK.

  2. Love this article, Jen. I am hoping we look back and find that the first scenario is how it all went. I also love the personalization of your tangs and clownfish. Seeing both in person, I can totally imagine them sharing those stories.

    1. Thank you so much Rachel! Thanks for your support as always. I hope we find that first scenario as well. I think if we can educate the public then we can turn things around in that direction. I am so proud to be a part of this aquaculture movement 🙂

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