80% of Marine Fish die in transport??

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In this article: https://earthjournalism.net/stories/investigating-the-murky-trade-in-aquarium-fish-and-coral

They state this: "But according to the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations, an estimated 80 percent of tropical fish do not survive the trip."

Is that true? Are the fish we see in of LFS the "20%" that actually survived? If that is the case it is horrible. Considering the additional deaths at the LFS and then deaths related to stress and disease at the Hobbyist's home what percent is actually surviving? This upset my stomach and made me feel REALLY BAD!

What do you guys think, is this true?
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I could see it being true. Many fish are caught using poor fishing practices which probably kill a lot of fish as it is. Then they take trips halfway around the world getting tossed around in an airplane. Who knows how well taken care of they are before they even make it to the wholesaler
 

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80% is a HUGGEE overstatement from my LFS experience. We would order from 5-6 different suppliers.

I think among all the suppliers it’s more accurate that 80% MADE the trip, if not more. We got 10-12 boxes on average and usually 1-2 bags per box wasn’t alive. Usually damsels or fire fish gobies or clowns.
 

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And now you know why so many groups are against this trade... Even if it's 40% that's a lot of death just so we can have some fish in our living rooms.
 

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80% is a HUGGEE overstatement from my LFS experience. We would order from 5-6 different suppliers.

I think among all the suppliers it’s more accurate that 80% MADE the trip, if not more. We got 10-12 boxes on average and usually 1-2 bags per box wasn’t alive. Usually damsels or fire fish gobies or clowns.
Even if you are correct, 20% mortality, IMO, is too high and that doesn't include the amount that die before making it on the plane.
 
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80% is a HUGGEE overstatement from my LFS experience. We would order from 5-6 different suppliers.

I think among all the suppliers it’s more accurate that 80% MADE the trip, if not more. We got 10-12 boxes on average and usually 1-2 bags per box wasn’t alive. Usually damsels or fire fish gobies or clowns.
@SamBackspins how long was the trip from your whole seller to the LFS? Curious, were you guys close to them or was it a long trip?
 

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Even if you are correct, 20% mortality, IMO, is too high and that doesn't include the amount that die before making it on the plane.
On the plane to the distributor? Yeah that’s fair, I’m now sure how we would bring it down though.

another 20% ish die at the LFS, although sometimes a good batch comes in and none die which genuinely does happen. The other ones get sold to people who don’t understand anything and die within a week or two.

I have no genuine source besides knowing what type of person comes into LFS on the regular, but I’d say 80% don’t live past a year.
 
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At the sushi bar it's 0%, and nobody is complaining about that, or banning imports! :cool:
Hahaha right? I can say that I am doing my best for my love of animals. I am a vegetarian, but have not been able to become vegan yet. Love cheese too much!
 

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100% of living things on earth right now will die. Guaranteed.
So are you getting upset over where they die or what? How they die? Is dying in a shipping box worse than being eaten by a grouper?

Lion king world where the animals all sing and dance for the lions who never seem to eat anything.
 

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80% is a HUGGEE overstatement from my LFS experience. We would order from 5-6 different suppliers.

I think among all the suppliers it’s more accurate that 80% MADE the trip, if not more. We got 10-12 boxes on average and usually 1-2 bags per box wasn’t alive. Usually damsels or fire fish gobies or clowns.
I’ll chime in with my LFS experience as well. We had a few different wholesalers but the two main ones were based in LA and we were on the east coast. We would also probably have 1-2 per box that were DOA. Also typically damsels. We would also lose 2-3 fish after 48-72 hours. I would expect that the wholesalers see higher mortality rates in their shipments. I’d be willing to bet as you move down the supply chain, the mortality rate of fish declines
 

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100% of living things on earth right now will die. Guaranteed.
So are you getting upset over where they die or what? How they die? Is dying in a shipping box worse than being eaten by a grouper?

Lion king world where the animals all sing and dance for the lions who never seem to eat anything.
I feel like the issue is more that a lot of these species aren’t super abundant and their ranges are shrinking as reefs shrink.

if these species were as common as tuna or krill and keeping a steady population wasn’t super hard it probably wouldn’t cause as big of a problem.
 

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The article is stating 80% don't survive from Indonesia or wherever they are caught to the western nation they arrive at. It is also only sourcing a couple of people and the issue i see with this is that is simply not science. There is too much money to be made and attention to be gotten by making statements like this that I need more evidence to take it seriously.
Take for instance that the UN is claiming Australia is not doing enough to curb global warming so they want to downgrade the Great Barrier Reef from World Heritage to World Heritage in danger. Yet the term is 'global warming'. How can Australia prevent global warming from harming thr GBR?
 
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If 20% die from the wholesaler to LFS how many die from Indonesia to California? They admit 80% is an estimate but I would guess from the fisherman's boat to the LFS it has to be 60%+.

If you haven't seen it this amateur documentary provides a really good unbiased look at the wild caught fish industry .


Also totally unrelated but had to tell someone who cares. Didn't expect to see this in a Mexican Restaurant I
 

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In this article: https://earthjournalism.net/stories/investigating-the-murky-trade-in-aquarium-fish-and-coral

They state this: "But according to the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations, an estimated 80 percent of tropical fish do not survive the trip."

Is that true? Are the fish we see in of LFS the "20%" that actually survived? If that is the case it is horrible. Considering the additional deaths at the LFS and then deaths related to stress and disease at the Hobbyist's home what percent is actually surviving? This upset my stomach and made me feel REALLY BAD!

What do you guys think, is this true?
:rolleyes:

it’s probably worth keeping in mind it’s the UN. So the numbers are probably aggregated from multiple countries.

also, it’s the UN. So the statistics are likely “dry lab” numbers. Meaning, someone just filled out a form with what seemed reasonable to them.

either way, if you have a moral pro alien with the reality of taking things from the wild, then buy captive bread and aquacultured livestock.

though, like everything else these days, you’re largely taking someone’s word for it.

Edit: moral pro alien? Wow auto correct. Moral objection.
 

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Has anyone seen the documentary seaconspiracies
anyone who eats tuna should be ashamed at themselves. There is no dolphin free tuna
They simple ask the captain of the body if they killed any dolphins and if they say yes stamp it tuna free
who do you think pays the dolphin safe tuna agency
follow the money it never lies

Drag nets destroy miles of ocean floor and kill anything in its path

the tropical fish hobby isn’t killing our oceans 80 percent is way to high , they couldn’t make a profit if 80 percent of the fish they caught died

my friend used to get shipments of fifth from Indo and maybe they lose a bag Mostly from them overpacking the bag
 

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If 20% die from the wholesaler to LFS how many die from Indonesia to California? They admit 80% is an estimate but I would guess from the fisherman's boat to the LFS it has to be 60%+.

If you haven't seen it this amateur documentary provides a really good unbiased look at the wild caught fish industry .


Also totally unrelated but had to tell someone who cares. Didn't expect to see this in a Mexican Restaurant I
I'm glad that restaurant isn't near me. I would have a hard time leaving.
 
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If 20% die from the wholesaler to LFS how many die from Indonesia to California? They admit 80% is an estimate but I would guess from the fisherman's boat to the LFS it has to be 60%+.

If you haven't seen it this amateur documentary provides a really good unbiased look at the wild caught fish industry .


Also totally unrelated but had to tell someone who cares. Didn't expect to see this in a Mexican Restaurant I
Where is that?
 
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