The colorful Flame Angel (Centropyge loricula) was the most in-demand tropical fish in 2017.
Aquarium fish exports explode
after dropping off in 2016, exports of marine ornamentals picked up in 2017 to set an all-time record for aquarium fish collected and shipped from the Marshall Islands. A total of 103,439 fish were exported from the Marshall Islands by three companies in the Marshall Islands — two on Majuro (TSL Enterprises and ARRO Corporation) and one on Ebeye (Kwajalein Fish Exports). This was a 24 percent increase over the 83,199 fish exported in 2016.
In addition, 15,200 invertebrates were exported in 2017. These commodities were exported to aquarium markets in Asia, Europe and the United States. MIMRA’s Coastal Division is responsible for supervision and regulation of marine ornamental exports.
By far, the Flame Angel (Centropyge loricula) was the most in-demand fish. It accounted for 62 percent of the ornamental fish exported, with 64,032 Flame Angel fish shipped out of Marshall Islands in 2017.
Indicating the growth in marine ornamental exports, in 2014, only 16,818 aquarium fish were exported.