help needed to end tropical aquarium fish collection in hawaii in Conservation and the Environment Posted August 2, 2011 Ultimately, my point is that aquarium collectors are certainly a problem, but there is a wide swath of individuals that collectively contribute to the depletion of this ecosystem to a far greater extent than any collector could. This is why I believe in the expansion AND ENFORCEMENT of marine preserves. It holds everyone accountable for the stewardship of the site, instead of only regulating those that we perceive as the problem. Well said, that is exactly what I think too. Creating (and effectively protecting) well designed marine reserves is much more useful than shutting down entire industries or activities. If we shut down the aquarium industry today we are just opening a precedent for somebody to shut down the diving industry (or_____ insert your activity here, everything has an impact) tomorrow. I am optimist enough to think that both can be done responsibly, hopefully still in our lifetime.