Troubled Waters: Budget Cuts Hamper An Unusual Ocean Research Project

Photo By Nathan Eagle

Aquarium fish collectors love yellow tang, the electric-yellow fish that once thrived off the Hawaiian islands.

But a successful research program on the brink of helping ease depletion of the wild species is facing an uncertain future.

Federal earmarks are drying up.

Underwater video by Nathan Eagle. Additional images courtesy of The Oceanic Institute, Teri Leicher, Dan McKinney and Brooke Everett.

DISCUSSION: Should taxpayers' money be spent on ocean research? Should the aquarium trade be curtailed?

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