Nature & Conservation / Southeast Asia

Murky waters: where did your ornamental fish come from?

by Naomi Clark-Shen

Ornamental fish are the most popular pets in the world: millions of individuals are traded globally, generating US$3 billion a year. Singapore is a global hub for keeping and exporting these fish. While most of the fish traded are now bred in captivity, many are taken from the Amazon river. So how does this trade operate? And most importantly—does your pet fish have a dark past?