Originally Posted by JoshsReef
I kinda wonder if these fish are as rare as they are said to be ! Or if they are just charging that amount bc there are people willing to pay that price, do you know James ?
Its usually where the fish comes from and the effort it takes to ship them to stores. For example, say a fish only exists 150 down on some reef slope. A diver has to dive that deep, capture the fish, then ascend ever so slowly so the fish doesn't get the 'bends' (nitrogen bubbles in the blood) and dies from them days or weeks later.
The fish aren't rare, it's just the effort taken to get them from the more difficult or remote capture zones safely to the wholesaler and on to the stores that's a large part of the cost. That, and the demand for them based on the illusion that they are rare in nature and the mindset of some folks that they must have that 'rare' fish at any cost that makes up those extraordinary prices you see.