While Americans like special dinners of thick steak or plump lobster, over in the Far East it’s cooking live reef fish that is one of the big raves. But according to the Environmental News Network, increasing wealth in places like China and Hong Kong has caused the population of fish like grouper and coral trout to plummet around Asia’s reefs, as fisherman are even using cyanide and dynamite to bring in their catch. There is also a growing live fish trade off the reefs of California, where everything from rockfish to eels are caught and sold. But that trade is properly regulated, and conservationists believe the answer in the Far East is similar standards to manage an industry now worth over a billion dollars per year.

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