For some inexplicable reason, until now aquariums and oceanariums have been sold to us as something modern and new-age.

In reality oceanariums and sea aquariums are energy-consuming, environmentally harmful concepts from the past that cause ongoing extensive suffering, illness and death for the marine animals held captive.

Oceanariums and aquariums are also a catastrophe for the conservation of animals and species. This is because almost all marine animals in aquariums are caught in the wild, in traps that are operated with ruthless brutality using Mafia-style methods (see also « korallenriffe.ch »).

If the aquarium industry, aquariums and oceanariums derided this practise, it would raise awareness and contribute to the protection of the oceans. But the opposite occurs!

Maintaining aquariums is particularly devastating for sea water and coral reef inhabitants. Hardly any coral fish in an aquarium are bred, instead they come directly from the coral reef. Only one percent of the approximately 1,800 species traded can be bred. During capture in the wild already over 80 percent of the animals die through stress, brutal treatment and because they are often illegally captured with poison. Animals that make it into the aquarium are so weakened from the stress of travelling that they usually only live for a short time. It is estimated that only 1 out of 50 coral fish caught in the wild survive the first year in the aquarium.

Today coral fish are disposable commodities. If a fish in an aquarium dies, it will simply be replaced. Because threatened does not mean protected. Many coral fish stocks are veritably plundered and caught for aquariums. The bottom line is that ethics appears to be a foreign word for the aquarium industry. This is true for small private aquariums and for larger facilities open to the public. In the latter, sharks hurt themselves against aquarium walls. Tuna fish and others collide against the window panes until they die. Larger fish eat smaller animals and injure others. Improper handling by aquarium operators and “touch pools” where visitors can stroke the animals take their toll.

Due to ruthless plundering for the aquarium industry many coral fish are on the brink of extinction. Aquariums – and large facilities open to the public – do not raise awareness of the ocean but lead to its destruction. Do dolphins caught in dolphinariums raise awareness about protecting whales and dolphins in the sea? Japan, the country with the most dolphinariums in the world, is at once the only country with killing quotas for dolphins and it still hunts whales. In addition to a variety of environmental problems, overfishing is absolutely devastating. 90 percent of all stocks of large fish have already been overfished. According to forecasts, all edible fish will be overfished by 2048.

The threats to our oceans are incredibly multilateral. In addition to overfishing and aquaculture, pollution is the biggest problem. Heavy metals, oil leaving toxic residue and massive amounts of plastic waste flow through the rivers or come from ships into the ocean. Some pollutants also reach the water through the atmosphere. In addition, climate change and the acidification of the oceans through carbon dioxide, kills corals and many other creatures with calcium carbonate skeletons. Furthermore, there are now more than 400 known dead zones in the ocean where the oxygen content is so low that life there is no longer possible. Another problem is underwater noise. Our oceans have to be protected more urgently now than ever.

  • Do not visit any aquariums, oceanariums or dolphinariums.
  • Do not keep any aquarium fish at home, particularly not sea fish that almost always come from wild traps.
  • Make fellow human beings aware of the threats to the oceans.
  • Make fellow human beings aware of the ruthless, destructive and cruel methods used to capture aquarium fish in the oceans.
  • Do not buy any souvenirs made from coral or marine animals.
  • Avoid consuming fish as much as possible.
  • Speak to politicians about the problem.
  • Stop the construction of more aquariums and oceanariums.
  • Support Vision Nemo financially, ideologically or politically.