A few weeks ago Reef Builders was first to break the news on the seizure of 40 Clipperton Angelfish by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service. The actual number of fish seized was 52 although a few DOAs have probably lowered the total number of fish still in custody. The fish were imported and collected by infamous fish collector Steve Robinson who imported the Clippertons through Mexico, which is part of the reason for the improper importation procedure. We have learned from Mr. Robinson that about half of the Clipperton angelfish were juveniles which we will be very interested to see for ourselves. The Clipperton angelfish were seized in San Francisco because of improper declaration of the rarities had them labeled as Passer angelfish, Holacanthus passer.Â According to USFWS the case is still an ongoing investigation and there is no word or certainty about when the case will be closed and we’ll be able to field official statements from the officers involved. Until that time there will be no information released about where the fish are being held or when and if the Clipperton angelfish will be redistributed to public institutions around the country.Â Reef Builders will stay on this story and we’ll report on any developments of this story as soon as it is available.
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.