Adopt a conservation mentality.

Protect our environment by not releasing unwanted fish and aquatic plants.


Americans enjoy a diversity of hobbies, many of which involve our natural environment. And protecting these resources is an important part of our overall enjoyment.

A concern we must all address is the expansion of harmful plants, fish and other animals throughout our country. Representing one of our greatest natural resource challenges, stopping the spread of these species appears simplistic, but global economic linkages complicate the issue. Numerous activities have accidentally introduced aquatic invasive species to our waters. If these species become established, they can wreak environmental havoc, degrade aquatic resources and make waters unusable for recreation.

This issue is relevant to everyone, but especially to those who enjoy aquaria, backyard ponds and water gardens.

If you have acquired an undesirable aquatic plant or fish species for your aquarium or water garden, it is important not to release these plants or animals into the environment. Those that do survive an introduction to the wild have the potential to harm native fish and wildlife species.



Become Informed and Take Action!

We can also become more informed about the invasive species issue. As hobbyists who appreciate the challenge of managing artificial micro-environments, it is important for us to understand the larger, potential consequences of our hobbies and how we can minimize them. This site is designed to help us learn about these potential impacts, particularly the risks associated with released or escaped aquatic plants and animals. Navigate through this site to get:

  • The latest news about the growing invasive species problem
  • Alternatives to releasing unwanted aquatic plants and animals
  • Impacts caused by these species
  • Facts about the more common escapees or unintentionally released species
  • Resources and ideas for you or your club to get involved with prevention efforts
  • Support materials to help you understand and get involved with modeling and promoting responsible behaviors

Impacts -- Why is it Important to Use These Alternatives to Release?

Because these unwanted aquatic plants and fish can:

*Information on this page excerpted from http://www.habitattitude.net/