In the film “Finding Nemo,” a plucky clownfish escapes an aquarium tank thanks to some sage advice:”All drains lead to the ocean.”
But in real life, flushing Nemo wouldn’t end happily. Aquarium species are some of the hardiest fish and plants in the world, and tank owners and importers who dump unwanted marine life are introducing tough, non-native species to California waters, says a new report on the state’s aquarium trade.
“Globally, the aquarium trade has contributed a third of the world’s worst aquatic and invasive species,” said Sue Williams, lead author of the report and an evolution and ecology professor at the University of California, Davis Bodega Marine Laboratory. That includes both marine and freshwater species, she said…
(read more: Live Science) (photo: Christian Mehlfuehrer/UC Davis)