Our Thoughts on Aquaculture...
The aquaculture industry has recently become one of the high-growth areas in the Marine Aquatic Industry. In the process a few questions have been raised as to how this area is being developed. These are some of our our thoughts in this arena.

Livestock Availability:
There has to be a sustainable source of corals if the growth of the coral industry is to continue and the pricing is to remain reasonable to the hobbyist. There are times when large-scale bleaching on coral reefs have impacted their availability. The are also governments that have enacted (or are presently considering) laws that markedly reduce the exporting of livestock from certain areas in the world.
Scientific Research:
The science behind aquaculturing corals has developed to the point where anyone with the understanding of the techniques and the proper facilities can enter the fray.
Retail Sales:
Due to their access to equipment and feedstock, some wholesalers and retailers have entered into the aquaculture trade. They take existing corals and break them down into smaller segments and grow these pieces into individual corals. While there are times when saving parts of a coral that is in danger is a honorable mission, creating a subset industry of "aquacultured" corals grown in a warehouse raises ethical questions.
The Big Question:
This poses the question "Just because you can do it... should you"?
Around the world there are communities (and sometimes whole countries) whose major means of financial support is based on their ability to export Marine Livestock (including Live Rock). These communities have supplied our industry from it's inception. It was also in these areas where the concept of aquaculturing came to fruition. Should we be taking [from them] a product and service that they have provided for years... and in some instances is the basis of their livelihood?
Our Answer:
No! Simple enough. There have always been times when someone invents a better mousetrap. When this happens, everyone benefits. This is not one of those times. We have a moral and ethical responsibility to support the indigenous peoples of the world whose survival is dependent on this industry. Even if your not willing to stand on moral grounds you need to understand that once we begin taking away their lifestyle it will make our industry more difficult to sustain. Local governments will take more stock in maintaining a higher level of conservation even to the point of preventing the export of livestock from their waters. As it is, environmental concerns presently impact our industry and it will only get worse if we present ourselves as the face of greed in these areas. We at Pacific Aqua Farms stand behind the existing workers and suppliers of our trade and do not buy from companies in the aquaculture cottage industry that has sprung up outside of native habitats.

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