Ornamental Fishes: a Sustainable Livelihoods for Rainforest Communities
- The ornamental fish sector is an extensive and global component of international trade, fisheries, aquaculture and development. However, the scope of this sector and the impact on human and aquatic communities are often unappreciated and often not accurately known. Global statistics reported to FAO from Members indicate that the export value in 1996 of ornamental fishes was US$ 206 603 000.00. Since 1985 the value of the international trade in ornamental exports has increased at an average growth rate of approximately 14 percent per year. Developing countries account for about 63 percent of the export value. The value of the entire industry, when non-exported product, wages, retail sales and associated materials are considered has been estimated at US$ 15 000 000 000.00. Such a vast and important industry has the potential to contribute to the sustainable development of aquatic resources, but may face challenges due to increased attention to environmental and social issues.
- Sustainable aquaculture 
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