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Yellow Tang

Scientists at the Oceanic Institute, a research and teaching affiliate of Hawaii Pacific University, have created aquaculture techniques that may someday lead to production capability of one of the world’s most popular aquarium fish — a development that could both help the aquarium industry and protect Hawaii reefs where wild varieties of the brightly colored, arrow-shaped fish are harvested now. Principal investigator Chatham K. Callan says more than 300,000 yellow tang (Zebrasoma flavescens) are collected in the wild and exported from Hawaii annually, showing the strong demand for the fish. The institute is developing new breeding techniques that could make it possible to eventually breed yellow tang from eggs cultured in aquaculture settings.

Visit Website | Image credit: Melissa D. Rietfors, Finfish Department, Oceanic Institute