In a statement released on Tuesday, researchers at the University of Florida Tropical Aquaculture Laboratory said they have successfully bred Pacific blue tangs in captivity for the first time. The blue species is the model for the forgetful marine fish featured in the films “Finding Nemo” and “Finding Dory.”
Researchers say the breakthrough means that one day, home aquariums or marine life exhibits might not have to rely on the capture of blue tangs in the wild.
Lab director Craig Watson says the next step is helping commercial producers replicate the researchers’ success with this key marine ornamental species.
Rising Tide Conservation, the SeaWorld-Busch Gardens Conservation Fund and the Oceanic Institute of Hawaii Pacific University also contributed to the project.