We just got word that 40 clipperton angelfish, Holacanthus limbaughi, have been seized by USFWS because they were being illegally imported ‘from’ Mexico. The Clipperton angelfish is a very rare fish in the marine aquarium trade because it only comes from tiny Clipperton Atoll, an administrative territory of France which is roughly halfway between the Galapagos and the Revillagigedos. Needless to say, there is no way this fish was collected in Mexico. Details are sparse on this case but if the fish were seized because of improper permitting then these fish will be distributed through public institutions and they will not be released into the wider marine aquarium market.Â We’ll be on this story like white on rice so stay tuned.
Jake Adams has been an avid marine aquarist since the mid 90s and has worked in the retail side of the marine aquarium trade for more than ten years. He has a bachelor’s degree in Marine Science and has been the managing editor of ReefBuilders.com since 2008. Jake is interested in every facet of the marine aquarium hobby from the concepts to the technology, rare fish to exotic corals, and his interests are well documented through a very prolific career of speaking to reef clubs and marine aquarium events, and writing articles for aquarium publications across the globe. His primary interest is in corals which Jake pursues in the aquarium hobby as well as diving the coral reefs of the world.