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HabitattitudeTM Surrender Event: Surrender Unwanted Pets Instead of Releasing Them

Photo: Habitattitud booth. Pictured from left: Doug Jensen, Ryan Huffmeier, Tyler Untiedt

The 2016 HabitattitudeTM team ready for action. Doug Jensen, left, of Minnesota Sea Grant; Ryan Huffmeier, middle, University of Minnesota Duluth; and Tyler Untiedt, UMD student and MNSG undergraduate intern. Photo courtesy of Doug Jensen.

October 7, 2017
10 a.m. - 2 p.m.
Animal Allies
4006 Airport Road
Duluth, MN

Free and open to the public.

Got unwanted aquarium fish and aquatic plants? Give your fish, reptiles and aquatic plants a healthy home by "surrendering" them during this HabitattitudeTM Surrender event hosted by Minnesota Sea Grant, World of Fish and Animal Allies.

Released non-native species can become invasive. Sometimes they can reproduce quickly enough to outcompete other species. In some cases they destroy natural habitats.

HabitattitudeTM is a national public awareness campaign to help aquarium and water garden owners be part of the solution to preventing the release of aquatic fish and plants. The campaign is a cooperative effort among the pet and water garden industries, academia, federal government and nonprofits to educate the public about the environmental threats of releasing pets into the environment.

"Together, Minnesota Sea Grant, Animal Allies and World of Fish form the Duluth HabitattitudeTM Surrender Collaborative that works toward providing a permanent, convenient pet adoption or return option for owners with unwanted pets and avoids potentially harmful releases into the environment," said Jensen. "About 60 fish and reptiles were surrendered during events in 2016."

The most common non-native species released into the Great Lakes region are Brazilian waterweed, water hyacinth, parrot feather, hydrilla, yellow floating heart, water lettuce, goldfish, koi, pacu, piranha, Oriental weatherloach and red eared slider turtles.

For field guides, species profiles, videos, watch cards and more about aquatic invasive species go to www.seagrant.umn.edu/ais/index.

Additional Information:

The University of Minnesota Sea Grant College Program, located at the Duluth campus, works to enhance the state's coastal environment, society and economy through scientific research and public education programs. MNSG seeks to convey the needs of communities, industries and management agencies to university scientists and promotes the best science regarding Lake Superior and Minnesota's inland lakes. MNSG staff will be at the event to answer questions about Habitattitude and harmful aquatic invasive species.

Animal Allies Humane Society strives to ensure a lifetime of loving care for every pet by reducing overpopulation, increasing adoption, and fostering humane values.

World of Fish offers tropical and saltwater fish and reptiles in the Duluth area.

Funding for the HabitattitudeTM Surrender Collaborative comes from the Great Lakes Restoration Initiative, which seeks to accelerate efforts to protect and restore the Great Lakes.

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