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To quote our study, “Histopathologic examination of heart, liver, head kidney, and swim bladder tissues in fish 0d and 21d post-collection revealed no significant barotrauma- or venting-related lesions in any treatment group.” Section 188 – (e)(2) My research on venting (piercing the swimbladder with a hypodermic needle to release expanded swimbladder gas) indicates that the venting implemented by Hawaiian fishers does not cause mortality in Yellow Tang.
In Africa, Tanzania is the only country where fishing using explosives still occurs on a large scale.12 Although it is illegal, the problem has escalated in recent years and currently local fishers report that it is normal to hear 20–50 blasts a day in many locations along the coast.
Concerns over continued expansion of the aquarium fishery and harvesting effects in the open areas prompted DLNR to establish in 2013 a ‘White List’ of 40 species which can be taken by aquarium fishers.