The issue

«The situation is getting worse.» – UN General Secretary António Guterres gets to the point in his opening remarks at the UN’s Ocean Conference in 2017. Nearly one third of the world’s coral reefs have already been lost.

The aquarium industry and human desire to observe fish and other creatures in captivity have played a large part in the current concern. Of the over 2,000 species of coral fish and hundreds of coral species traded internationally, practically all have been taken from the wild, torn from their natural environments.

Four out of five fish die before ever reaching an aquarium due to catching, handling and transport methods. A study revealed that up to 98 per cent of fish end up dying in captivity during their first year.

Our project

It is virtually impossible to keep marine animal species in suitable captive conditions. In their natural habitat, sharks and rays, for example, cover distances of hundreds of kilometres, dive to great depths or live in large schools.

In confined aquariums, on the other hand, many fish get injured, suffer from deformations, become disturbed and aggressive – until they eventually perish. Fondation Franz Weber raises awareness of these ills, changes public understanding, keeps up the pressure and asks questions.
We campaign against over-fishing of the oceans – and in particular against removing ornamental marine fish, corals and other animals from our seas. A short, miserable life is what awaits these creatures in an aquarium – that is, if they even survive the exhausting journey in the first place.

More infos:
FFW Campaign NOzeanium
Vision NEMO – the first multimedia gate to the ocean
Coral Reefs

 

 

Our goals

  • Oppose the aquarium industry using our expertise and our international network
  • Raise public awareness about the issues surrounding catching ornamental marine fish
  • Prevent the construction of large-scale aquariums such as the planned «Ozeanium» in Basel

Facts and Figures

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0 coral fish species
ARE TRADED FOR THE AQUARIUM INDUSTRY
0 coral fish species
ARE COMMERCIALLY BRED. ALL OTHERS ARE CAUGHT IN THE WILD
0 per cent
OF CAPTURED CORAL FISH DIE ON THEIR WAY TO THE AQUARIUM