In 2015, Fondation Franz Weber (FFW) visited Indonesia to gain a better insight into the situation. This sensitive coral-reef fish is only found in Sulawesi. Due to its sedentary lifestyle and behaviour, it does not disperse over large areas, and it does not re-populate areas that have been totally fished out.
To date, attempts to save the Banggai cardinalfish from extinction have been unsuccessful. However, as a result of intensive research, FFW succeeded in persuading the European Union that the Banggai cardinalfish is in dire need of protection.
Faced with these alarming results, the EU submitted a proposal to CITES (Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species) demanding that this fish finally be granted conservation status. Unfortunately, the EU has withdrawn its demand due to political pressure. Despite this, CITES continues to insist that Indonesia supply reports on catch figures and protection efforts. Whether or not this will have an effect remains to be seen. We shall persevere.