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    Fish Channel’s Responsible Fishkeeping Initiative

    FishChannel.com has put together the Responsible Fishkeeping Initiative to help promote sustainability in the aquarium hobby. Although the wording suggests this initiative is aimed at the FW crowd, there is no denying the saltwater hobby can benefit as well.  The Responsible Fishkeeping Initiative (RFI), sponsored by the companies indicated at the bottom of this page, […]

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    FishChannel.com has put together the Responsible Fishkeeping Initiative to help promote sustainability in the aquarium hobby. Although the wording suggests this initiative is aimed at the FW crowd, there is no denying the saltwater hobby can benefit as well. 

    The Responsible Fishkeeping Initiative (RFI), sponsored by the companies indicated at the bottom of this page, is an effort on the part of concerned people and companies to put a stop to the release of anything from an aquarium into the wild. Retail fish stores participating in the RFI agree to two things: 1) not to sell these species, and 2) to accept large specimens of any species from people who can no longer care for them. The stores will attempt to place the fish in new homes, and if they cannot do so the fish will be humanely euthanized.

    Will this solve the issue of wild releases or the sale of unsuitable aquarium species? No, but the effort has to start somewhere. In light of HR 669 it’s good to see the aquarium hobby taking ownership of some preventable situations. More info here: Fish Channel’s Responsible Fishkeeping Initiative.

    One Comment

    1. Nicholas Sadaka
      April 28, 2009 at 7:02 PM | Permalink

      Absolutely. This is the type of proactive manuevering we need to do more of as a group. Strong support of this initiative could squash HR669 altogether. Cheers to FishChannel.com!

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