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    Anthias at the Sea Food Market?

    Wonderfish Aquarium, a fish store in Australia, had a customer send them photos of what they believed were Anthias being sold at a Sea Food Market. Not only are they Anthias, they are the beautiful deepwater Holanthias borbonius! Commonly called “Borbs”, just a couple years back, some of the first came to the U.S. and retailed […]

    Wonderfish Aquarium, a fish store in Australia, had a customer send them photos of what they believed were Anthias being sold at a Sea Food Market. Not only are they Anthias, they are the beautiful deepwater Holanthias borbonius!

    Commonly called “Borbs”, just a couple years back, some of the first came to the U.S. and retailed for  ~$1,000. Today you’ll be lucky to find them for less than a few hundred. At $17/kg these were quite affordable… but unfortunately dead. What’s interesting is the collecting “season” for these guys ended quite a while ago. We’re very curious how these beautiful fish ended up as bycatch. 

    Be prepared to cringe at the photo’s to follow…

     

     

     

    Group of Odontanthias borbonius at the Market

    Obontanthias borbonius clearly identifiable

     

    4 Comments

    1. felix
      September 1, 2008 at 12:32 PM | Permalink

      sick sad world!
      AHHH!!!

      Felix-

    2. richard
      September 3, 2008 at 10:37 AM | Permalink

      insane, what a waste of a beautiful fish!

    3. Kenn
      August 7, 2014 at 4:16 AM | Permalink

      Only we set the price, for fishermen its just like any another fish, and they will eat fish like this (survival) unless we help them to understand that collecting the fish alive and care for the fish will bring them a better income lah lah……hence in this case its not a sick or sad world just reality 🙂

    4. Kenn
      August 7, 2014 at 4:18 AM | Permalink

      hey it would be good to know where the fishmarket was, where those “Borbs on plates” were photographed

    6 Trackbacks

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