Originally Posted by mr_X
I don't see any difference between taking things from the ocean yourself, or paying someone else to do it. Either way, buying something from the LFS
or diving for it yourself is raping the ocean.
That's true, most things at any LFS
are wild caught, which isn't any better than catching them yourself. The thing is, the businesses that catch and export animals are not going to stop anytime soon. They may improve their ethics slightly and harvest more sustainably/humanely (which still is not solving the problem), but individuals CAN make a difference by refraining from taking the reefs and marine animals from their natural habitat, no matter how insignificant one thinks the impact will be. The aquarium trade overall definitely does not have a positive impact on our oceans, and one thing we can do to improve our impact is to not catch and keep animals.