HabitattitudeTM Aquarium Fish & Plant Surrender and Auction
Surrendered fish and aquarium plants drop-off: 10:00 - 12:00 p.m.
Auction preview: 10:00 a.m.
Auction: 11:00 a.m. - 6:00 p.m.
Any fish or plant will be accepted; no questions asked.
Free and open to the public.
More information at the Minnesota Aquarium Society's website: www.aquarium.mn.
Who's feeding the fish at your house? If your kids have lost interest in maintaining their aquarium or you are making a move to find a new home for your fish and aquarium plants, here is a solution. Surrender your fish or aquatic plant at the HabitattitudeTM Aquarium Fish & Plant Surrender and Auction.
This first event of the HabitattitudeTM Surrender Collaborative aims to provide a permanent, convenient pet adoption or return option for owners with unwanted pets so that release into the environment is not considered.
"Aquarists and water gardeners may release organisms for a variety of reasons: they get too big or aggressive, pets get ill, or owners move or lose interest," explains Brad Swanson of the Minnesota Aquarium Society. "Our collaborative is committed to providing a solution to this problem." Swanson said the most popular non-native species that get released into the environment are Brazilian waterweed, water hyacinth, parrot feather, Eurasian watermilfoil, lesser niaiad, yellow floating heart, water lettuce, curly-leaf pondweed, water chestnut, 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," explains Marte Kitson, extension educator at the University of Minnesota Sea Grant Program, co-sponsor of the event.
The HabitattitudeTM Surrender Collaborative involves a systems approach of networking, expertise in animal welfare and husbandry, outreach and marketing. It promotes responsible pet ownership, host pet surrender events, and re-home surrendered pets. It is part of HabitattitudeTM, a nation public awareness campaign to help aquarium and water garden owners become part of the solution to prevent the release of aquatic fish and plants.