AF Stands-Up for Hobbyists, Farmers, Researchers, Fishermen, Conservationists, and YOU!
AF successfully defeated petition seeking a de-facto ban on the captive keeping and culture of Clownfish and several species of coral. The National Marine Fisheries Association agreed that the petition was based on junk science. The ban would have been detrimental to captive breeding efforts.
AF is working to prevent whitelists in several states. Whitelists presume a species is “guilty until proven innocent” and put an incredible undue burden on those wishing to keep many kinds of aquatic species. They can be detrimental to research and conservation efforts. Whitelists can criminalize pet owners for simply keeping their pets.
AF is currently opposing a petition that if successful will criminalize taking guppies across state lines. Millions of people have enjoyed keeping and breeding these beautiful and interesting fish. Many scientific researchers have used guppies in their groundbreaking work. AF will ensure that the opportunity to keep these wonderful animals in aquariums and use them for research continues.
AF has successfully opposed bans on ornamental aquarium fisheries in Hawaii. Fisheries experts have proclaimed the Hawaiian ornamental aquarium fishery one of the best managed near shore fisheries in the world. AF has diligently worked with regulators and state officials to ensure that the economic and conservation benefits of this fishery continue.