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One of the most vocal complaints against the aquarium trade has been that it reduces fish populations in areas where tourism is thriving and constitutes an important source of revenue. This has been an issue of particular concern in Australia and Hawaii30 and more recently in Fiji35. In popular Australian tourist areas such as Cairns, Moreton Bay and Whitsunday tourists and recreational divers often interact with fish and coral collectors41. After a study was carried out in Hawaii showing a significant reduction in several species of fish due to collection for the marine aquarium trade, fishing of marine ornamentals was banned along 30 per cent of the west coast of the island of Hawaii123.

In some Pacific Islands local fishers have also expressed concern at the aquarium fishery being

Atlantic coast of Georgia during 2001 . Previous reports unwanted competition for food fish

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