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Surrendered Aquarium Fish and Plants to be Auctioned on Saturday

Photo: Large goldfish, such as these pulled from a regional waterway, are evidence that individuals are releasing aquarium fish in the environment. Do not release aquarium fish and plants! Bring them to Saturday's Surrender Event!

Large goldfish, such as these pulled from a regional waterway, are evidence that individuals are releasing aquarium fish in the environment. Do not release aquarium fish and plants! Bring them to Saturday's Surrender Event!

Who's feeding the fish at your house? If your kids have lost interest in maintaining their aquarium or you need to find a new home for your fish and aquarium plants, here is a solution. Minnesota Sea Grant and the Minnesota Aquarium Society will host the HabitattitudeTM Aquarium Fish and Plant Surrender just prior to the Society's auction on Saturday, January 23, at Lutheran Church of the Redemption, 927 E. Old Shakopee Road, Bloomington, Minnesota. Surrendered fish and aquarium plants can be dropped off from 10:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.; any fish or plant will be accepted with no questions asked. The auction preview begins at 10 a.m. and the auction runs from 11:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m.

This first-ever Habitattitude Aquarium Fish and Plant Surrender provides a way for people to give their fish up for adoption so people won't be tempted to release them into the environment. The proceeds from the auction of surrendered aquarium fish, plants and supplies will support the Society's efforts to promote "excellence in fish keeping."

"Aquarists and water gardeners may release organisms for a variety of reasons. They get too big or aggressive. Pets get ill. Owners move or lose interest," said Brad Swanson of the Minnesota Aquarium Society. "We are committed to providing a solution to this problem." Swanson reports the most common non-native fish released into the environment are goldfish, common carp-koi and Oriental weatherloach.

"Releasing fish and aquarium plants into Minnesota's waters is potentially harmful to the environment and native species," said Marte Kitson, extension educator at the University of Minnesota Sea Grant Program, co-sponsor of the event. "Goldfish the size of dinner plates have been found in our rivers and lakes. These fish can become invasive in certain environments and reproduce quickly. They root up plants to find food, which can destroy habitat for native species."

HabitattitudeTM is a national public awareness campaign to help aquarium and water garden owners become part of the solution to prevent the release of aquatic fish and plants. The campaign's logo and "don't release" message appears on fish bags, new aquariums, brochures, and advertisements in hobbyist magazines. The campaign is a cooperative effort among the pet and water garden industries, academia, federal government, and non-profits to educate the public about the environmental hazards of releasing pets into the environment.

Minnesota Sea Grant works to enhance Minnesota's coastal environment and economy through scientific research and public education programs. Sea Grant conveys the needs of communities, industries, and management agencies to university scientists and promotes the best and most current science regarding Lake Superior and inland lakes to resource users, managers, and policy-makers.

The Minnesota Aquarium Society (MAS) is an incorporated, non-profit organization of tropical fish enthusiasts that was established in the 1931. From beginner to advanced hobbyists, storeowners and breeders, there are roughly 200 current members - making it one of the largest societies in the country. In addition to the auction, they host multiple shows and school programs.

Posted on January 18, 2016


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