Trailer #1 out: In scope of putting the first trailer for ‘Finding Dory’ online, Pixar has also revealed some of the plot of the long-awaited sequel to ‘Finding Nemo’. In short it is all about Dory trying to identify her roots and going on search for her family. It turns out that Dory was born and raised at a Marine Biology Institute in California and released into the wild from there. This bears the risk of misunderstanding that Dory (P. hepatus) are available from captive breeding or culture while this is certainly not the case in reality. To the contrary it needs to be emphasised that all Dory in the marine aquarium trade and available at retail level are coming from the wild. Thus our fear that P.hepatus populations in Indonesia and the Philippines are prone to overfishing by a rising demand after the release of the movie holds true.
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!: 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.