Fans of responsible fishkeeping rejoice! Rising Tide Conservation and Hawaii Oceanic Institute have announced that they have successfully bred the Lemon Miliaris Butterflyfish in captivity. This announcement comes after three years of effort to produce captive-bred specimens.
The Lemon Butterflyfish, also known as the Milletseed Butterflyfish and Millet Butterflyfish, is a type of tropical fish found near Hawaii in the Pacific Ocean.
Captive breeding, the process of raising fish in captivity rather than sourcing them from the wild, tends to produce hardier fish that are better suited to aquariums than wild caught fish. Captive breeding also reduces burdens on wildlife and the environment. While many fish are available as both wild-caught and captive-bred, many remain unavailable as a captive-bred option. As advances in captive breeding continue, more and more types of fish will become available in this healthy, sustainable way.