Over 3,500 fish specimens are now on loan to researchers worldwide. Why?  Watch the video and Fish Collection Manager Mark McGrouther will tell you.

As for why the specimens are collected in the first place - click the "Why collect?" link under "Related items" on this page.

This video was made for a presentation given during the Demersal Fish Workshop held at the National Museum of Nature and Science, Tokyo, in November 2013.