Aquarium Exports

Angel at the top of export list

The brightly colored Flame Angel

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What had been a steady increase in the Marine Ornamental Export trade from the Marshall Islands dropped off during FY2016. Both exports of aquarium fish and invertebrates declined compared to the previous fiscal year. This may be due to the decrease in number of local exporters. There were seven operating in the Marshall Islands last fiscal year. But in 2016, the number of exporters in operation was down to three local companies, two on Majuro (TSL Enterprises & ARRO Corporation) and one on Ebeye (Kwajalein Fish Exports). These three companies export these commodities to aquarium markets in Asia, Europe and the United States. The Flame Angel, Centropyge loricula, was the most in-demand fish, with 40,483 of this individual species exported this fiscal year. Although this number is high, it is another drop compared to the previous year.

Top 10 Aquarium Exports 2014-2016

Common Name
Flame Angel
Multicolor Angel
Helfrich's Firefish
Lemon Peel Angel
Golden Wrasse
Mystery Wrasse
Bartlett's Anthias
Helfrich Goby
Lemon Peel Hybrid
Chevron Tang
2014
48,388
9,500
4,209
7,207
1,658
7,820
8,186
7,855
761
800
2015
56,684
6,837
7,126
5,914
2,689
4,879
6,887
3,694
530
879
2016
40,367
8,377
5,994
4,153
4,055
3,656
3,124
1,831
632
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