Figure 1. Schematic representation of typical distribution/trade process for livestock (e.g., fishes, corals, and other invertebrates) destined for ornamental aquarium use. The number of business intermediaries in the distribution chain depends primarily on the species (e.g., origin, abundance, popularity) and proximity to markets. The ornamental fish trade is driven primarily by consumer demand and environmental issues, hence the link from the consumer to the sustainable stocks or farmer.
Credit: Frank A. Chapman