Good Dory News: While the trailer for 'Finding Dory’ is out now and we know more about the story line, what we still don’t know is how many Dory’s are there in the sea??? IUCN lists the species globally as Least Concern, because of its wide range and naturally rare occurrence. However no data for populations in Indonesia or the Philippines exist and can be assessed. Given the biology of the species and its natural rarity, local declines and perhaps extirpations because of overexploitation in the aquarium fish industry are likely. SAIA decided to shed some light on local population status of Dory. Stay tuned to learn more about our plans...
In scope of our Dory Campaign we’d like to report on the recent developments in the German language region:
SAIA project lead Christiane Schmidt gave a webinar for hobbyists on where Dory is coming from and its long way to home aquaria.
We conducted a dory beauty contest at two of the biggest German language web fora for the marine hobby and received great pictures and stories of Dory.
Renowned ethologist Prof. Dr. Ellen Thaler shared her views on Dory in an article about behaviour and needs of Dory in marine tanks.
Last, but not least, we have started a Xmas raffle with great prices from our supporters MEGAZOO Austria and Tropic Marin. All contributions will be used for financing our Dory Campaign.
MEGAZOO Austria: the biggest retailer in Austria is fully supportive of SAIA’s Dory Campaign and has decided to delist P. hepatus. Other surgeonfish of maximum body size requiring a minimum of 5000 Liters tank volume per Austrian animal welfare law and similar unsuitable species to follow. Future emphasis of livestock sourcing will lie on those specimens available from breeding and culture.
A scientific view on Dory: Dr. Ike Olivotto, professor at the University of Ancona, Italy, with research focus on marine ornamental breeding, has provided a comprehensive article on biology, breeding as well as health issues in Paracanthurus hepatus. While quite some knowledge exists about Dory in the aquarium and its ‘famous’ health issues, we still have little knowledge about its propagation in captivity, but also population status in the wild, especially in the main source countries of the marine aquarium trade, Indonesia and the Philippines. As Dr. Olivotto summarises: it should make any specimen especially precious to us. Read more here.
All Eyes on Dory!: The Dory campaign 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..