A well managed well run captive situation is likely best.
In a world where people could afford to leave nature alone I think it would be best if we got all our animals from operations like this. Unfortunately this is not the case in most areas where our fish live in the wild. The local people have to feed their kids, and there aren't many eko-friendly alternatives for doing that. And the local governments doesn't have enough resources to protect their nature.
Would you also suggest we only take wild cows and milk wild animals?
Only collect what nature has to offer as far as wheat, rice, and all the agricultural crops? Shoot any passing bird for fried crow?
Well managed natural gathering?
I would pay good money to se someone trying to milk a wild Bison LOL
No but seriously, I think collecting from the wild is the most eko-friendly alternative as long as it doesn't put to much strain
on the population of the species it targets. Naturally this would not work as a sustainable food supply.
If you really want to argue for environmental causes like this, start at the root, human over population. Then move to talking everyone out of keeping any pets.
I thought it would be more relevant to discuss the collection of fish for the aquarium hobby, since this is an aquarium forum. You are right about over population being a huge problem, I have no idea what to do abut it though.
And I dont really want to argue, I just wanted to explain why i think that in general
its better for the environment to by wild caught fish.
It would be very boring not to have pets so i wouldn't want to discourage anyone from that
What happens if the species goes extinct in the wild?
Then where's your argument?
Just allow that to occur?
There are more argument for than against on this topic.
Ive wouldn't want that to happen, but the examples where it could are very few! And in those cases we have organisations like cites, and local government to step in and control the trade.
I newer said there was no exceptions i said "in general"
You really should focus on improving the farming/aquaculture practices if you feel this way.
No I should focus, on sponsoring and encouraging sustainable fish collecting practises. Bying MAC-certified fish and coral is one example of that, buying a cardinal tetra is another.
Improving aquaculture practices is also good, but it wold still not give a direct economical return to the conservation of the species in its wild habitat.
The plants we get and keep are easily grown and cultivated, we have virtually no impact on native populations.
Of course you have no impact on native populations, but habitat destruction has!
BTW I prefer to get my plants from local hobbyists, I'm not the soup nazi of the aquarium world
I think well managed wild populations are great, however, like poor aquaculture, there are issues with bad management on both sides of this.
Couldn't agree more.
As far as health, well, there's no doubt, captive critters do better in captivity.
Couldn't agree more. There's lots of good reasons to by home bred/farmed animals. Its just that the popular belief seem to be that buying wild caught is generally bad for the environment, when the opposite is true.