Researchers at the University of Florida say they've successfully bred Dory fish, or Pacific blue tangs, in captivity for the first time ever.
The fish, which is the main character in Pixar's Finding Dory
, traditionally fare poorly in tanks. According to The Wrap
, marine biologists have worried that the demand from the film would increase efforts to grab Pacific blue tangs from the wild.
After Finding Nemo
came out in 2003, demand for clown fish rose 40 percent, reports marine biology magazine Hakai
This breakthrough, however, may eventually make it easier for Pacific blue tangs to make the transition to home aquariums and exhibits, without putting stress on wild populations.
According to ABC News
, Rising Tide Conservation, the SeaWorld-Busch Gardens Conservation Fund and the Oceanic Institute of Hawaii Pacific University also contributed to the project.