(FISH/OCEANS/ANIMAL VIDEO) After Finding Nemo was released in 2003, it created a tidal wave of demand for orange clownfish, with sales rising as much as 40 percent. Scientists were concerned the fish species would be severely depleted if too many were caught in the wild, but they soon figured out how to breed clown fish in captivity. However, many people were still irresponsibly buying these fish not knowing how to properly care for them or trying to release them into the wild where they are not native and cannot survive.
Pixar’s Finding Dory hit the box office this weekend, and many fear the film will have a similar effect and make the blue tang fish popular. But unlike the clownfish, scientists have not been able to breed the blue tang in captivity, leading to worries that the species could face severe pressure from overcollecting on reefs. Let’s not allow history to repeat itself.
TAKE ACTION: Sign the petition urging the Walt Disney Company to put out a public service announcement asking people not to buy the fish. The petition cautions, “If Disney does not place an explicit warning at the beginning of the film asking viewers not to adopt Blue Tang like Dory, then we will see a sharp decline in their population.” — Global Animal