The Banggai cardinalfish is incredibly popular in the ornamental fish trade – that’s why hundreds of thousands are caught and exported from Indonesia, the only place in the world this species is found, every year. But between this demand and threats to their habitat, these fish are being pushed to the brink.
Their numbers have declined to just 10% of historic levels, causing the National Marine Fisheries Service (NMFS) to list them as threatened in 2016.
However, NMFS didn’t extend any legal protections against the ornamental fish trade, and Banggai cardinalfish remain in jeopardy. We need your help to set things right!
Sign a comment urging NMFS to finalize a proposed rule to protect the threatened Banggai cardinalfish from the U.S. aquarium trade!