Taiwan was once famous around the world as the “cichlid kingdom,” and in 1986 bred the “blood parrot cichlid,” which for a time was all the rage in the ornamental fish market. However, the global economic downturn in 2008 caused a serious setback to the industry. Nonetheless, ornamental fish and crustaceans are high-value-added products of sophisticated high-tech aquaculture that offer educational and therapeutic qualities and can fit in with modern “lifestyles of health and sustainability” (LOHAS). According to figures from the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations, annual production of ornamental aquatic animals and associated products is worth US$15 billion, making this a star industry that draws international attention. In 2009 Taiwan’s Council of Agriculture incorporated it as a key industry for development in the “Quality Agriculture Development Program,” thereby creating a new opportunity for the growth of the industry.
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