All Eyes on Dory!: On the occasion of the release of Disney’s animated feature film Finding Dory on June 17th, 2016, SAIA launches a yearlong campaign to educate on the palette surgeonfish. Learning from ‘Finding Nemo’ SAIA warns: "Should aquarists’ demand for the palette surgeonfish rise similarly to that for clownfish in 2003, local populations are threatened by overfishing. Unlike clownfish, palette surgeonfish can not be bred commercially. All fish sold would thus come from the wild.”. The campaign in advance of the Dory movie premiere is not directed against the film itself. Rather, it focuses on promoting the responsible, sustainable sourcing of aquarium fish beyond the beautiful, colourful world of cinema. With the help of a new movie, webinars and articles we ask for 'All Eyes on Dory’.
New SAIA Movie starts: The campaign, mentioned above, kicks off with SAIA’s film Searching for “Letter 6”, documenting the laborious process of tracking down tropical fish and the long journey the animals make from the reef to the aquarium. It is our longest and most comprehensive work to portray the aquarium trade from A to Z, focusing on palette surgeonfish as an example. If you wanna know where Dory origins from and how it comes to your tank have a look here.
Yet another movie: In October 2014 SAIA was asked by a major German TV channel to help producing a documentary about the marine aquarium trade at its source. We visited our industry friends in Indonesia and several collection areas they recommended. The film team was impressed by the travel times within Indonesia - a reality for marine commodities as well - but also by the warm welcome and hospitality of the fisher folks. Unfortunately SAIA has no budget to buy user rights on the final production and cannot provide an English version. If you are interested in pictures nevertheless, please have a look .
New home for SAIA exhibition: After years as travelling exhibition it was time to find an adequate permanent home for the SAIA exhibition “ Where do our fish come from?", especially for the fragile exhibits. Luckily we not only found a new permanent home, but a new meaning for the exhibition: Since February 4, 2015, the Department of Biology and Environmental Sciences of the Università Politecnica delle Marche has unique teaching materials to educate students about the complex social and environmental implications of the marine aquarium trade. Read more here.
Review of the SAIA Fish Lists for 2015: We are glad to see that our recommendations on unsuitable as well as on ecologically unsustainable species have been well received. Each month they are downloaded several hundred times. However, it is time for review and update. Pls contact us with your suggestions, who should be moved from the lists, who should be added. Also report on any new species, which are available in sufficient quantity nowadays from breeding and thus shouldn’t be sourced from wild capture.