The Key West Aquarium, along with NOAA and The Florida Wildlife Commission, are working hard to protect our environment. Illegal collection and transport of marine tropical fish for the aquarium trade is widely spreading. Without proper permits and transportation documents, marine tropical fish are seized by government officials. The seized property is placed in facilities like this one until trial, as part of evidence until the case is settled.
Green bird wrasse, percula clownfish, sailfin tang, yellow tang, blue damsel, bamboo shark, bicolor parrotfish, banded eel, blue chromis, coral beauty angel, brown tang, and orange anthias are all commonly confiscated marine life. You can see some of these fish at the Key West Aquarium and learn more about them.