Coral Farming: moving towards sustainable live corals for the Marine Aquarium Trade

The purpose of the development of coral farming for the marine aquarium trade in Indonesia is to reduce the collection of live corals from their natural habitats. Currently there are 81 coral species being traded from Indonesia to supply the global aquarium  trade, of which 49 species are from coral farms. The Indonesian CITES Management Authority issued licenses for the coral farmers, and the farms are audited once every year to ensure their compliance with the regulations. The audit is performed by the Indonesian Coral Reef Working Group, a third party auditor  appointed by the Indonesian Government. Coral farming has the potential to provide livelihood opportunities for coastal communities, support coral reef conservation, and promote a more sustainable marine aquarium trade by providing live corals from farming