waters of Indonesia teem with a huge variety of fish but the rapid degradation
of coral reefs is threatening many species that are unique in the world. Illegal practices such as blast fishing and
cyanide fishing are enormously destructive. The demand for live capture of exotic fish is a real threat to the
future of many species. Exported for
aquariums and for human consumption, fish caught using cyanide represent more
than 40% of Indonesia's exports. Fortunately, a few fishermen have adopted methods that respect the
environment but they are in a very small minority.