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Hand Collecting Fish in the Coral Sea

Posted on Thursday, January 13th, 2011 at 2:00 pm by

Cairns Marine is Australia’s leading marine fish collection, education, and research team. They supply many of the world’s marine exhibits with livestock of all shapes and sizes. Over the years Cairns Marine has developed new systems that enable safe and responsible collection practices. Although support for non-aquacultured fish is diminishing amongst hobbyist, the Cairns method of hand-collecting without the use of cyanide makes their practice much more tolerable among activists.

This video shows Cadel Squire, director of Cairns Marine out on a dive collecting Emperors, Triggers, and Butterflies in the Coral Sea. Check out the shark cameo at about 2:51. You gotta love being so close to the ocean’s best predator.

This video might be controversial to those who do not support the capturing of fish for commercial purposes, but you can’t win em’ all.

To learn more about Cairns Marine and their many endeavors, check out their website.

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