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SHIZUOKA (Kyodo) Tokai University’s Marine Science Museum is selling clown fish bred in captivity in a bid to curb irresponsible fishing of the species popularized by the U.S. animated film “Finding Nemo.”

Since succeeding in breeding clown fish, also known as anemone fish, taken from waters close to Japan in 1973, the museum has bred 11 of 28 species of clown fish to avoid having to capture more fish at sea.

The clown fish up for sale, for ¥2,500 each, originally come from Australian coral reefs.

It is the first time a Japanese aquarium is attempting to sell ornamental fish. The reckless capture of clown fish has become a problem in Australia and Okinawa.

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