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Thursday, June 26, 2014

Hawaii at center of fight over aquarium fish

Yellow tang swim off the coast of Hawaii. The waters off the Hawaii’s largest island are home to a half-million brightly-colored tropical fish that are scooped up into nets each year and flown across the globe into aquariums from Berlin to Boston. Scientists say the aquarium fishery off the Big Island is among the best managed in the world, but it has nevertheless become the focus of a fight over whether it’s ever appropriate to remove fish from reefs,