The Greater Seattle Aquarium Society is proud to be a part of the Aquarium Hobby CARES Preservation Program! Whether a beginner or an advanced aquarist, making space for at-risk species is what CARES is all about.
You don’t have to have a dedicated species tank or even a large aquarium to join in and help save a fish. In addition, at-risk species come in all shapes and sizes so check out the Priority Species List on the CARES website regularly. Maybe you already have a species on the list or you’d like to acquire a new one. Either way, be sure to check the list regularly as the site is updated often and unfortunately, new fish are being added all the time.
For questions about the GSAS CARES Program, or to locate an at-risk species please contact your CARES Support Team through e-mail or at one of our monthly meetings.
The purpose of the CARES Preservation Program is to create a base stock of conservation priority species through encouraging hobbyists worldwide to devote tank space to one or more species at risk and distribute offspring to fellow qualified hobbyists, while forming an information network between aquarists, scientists, and conservationists.
The CARES Preservation Program has four major objectives:
Participation is easy. Just go to online CARES Species Registration Center. If you prefer, you can also print out the form and turn it in to a CARES Support Team Member at the next meeting.
In addition to the form you must also submit a clear photo of your CARES Species to the CARES Support Team. You may upload jpeg files directly to your submission, or E-mail it (it's OK to send or upload big files!), however if you do not have email you can bring your photo to the meeting. The photo should be a clear focused close-up shot and is for identification purposes only.
CARES species qualification can be determined one of two ways.
CARES also provides a great Species Journal which allows you to record and keep detailed information about your fish. This Species Journal is optional and does not have to be submitted for acceptance into the program.
All participants are also to be provided with a CARES Informational Packet explaining the program in detail and offering additional education about CARES. You can download that packet here.
pointsystem, similar to BAP:
|Activity||Points||Repeatable?||Annual Max Points||Points earned per species||Notes|
|Keeping CARES species||5||Yes||5||Yes||Members are encouraged to 1) keep CARES species and 2) keep them for an indefinite period of time. Incentive provided for sustaining a species for the long-term.|
|Initial breeding of CARES species||10||No||N/A||Yes||Given the conservation status of a CARES species, first successful breeding of a CARES species should be rewarded. (fry must survive longer than 30 days)|
|Sharing CARES species with GSAS members or GSAS auction donation||5||Yes||15||Yes||Keeping true to the CARES spirit, sharing with other members and/or donating to GSAS auctions is highly encouraged. A minimum or one male/female pair is required. Requiring monetary compensation or in-kind trades with other members will not earn points,
sharingmust be free of compensation in any form. Maximum of 15 points per year, per species.
|CARES species knowledge sharing either GSAS meeting presentation, or GSAS Newsletter article contribution||5||Yes||5||N/A||Members are encouraged to share knowledge about CARES species through research or personal experience. CARES articles or presentations are not limited to species the member is in possession of, and can also cover a larger subject to species/habitat conservation.|
|Award Level||Points Required||Title|
|5||400||CARES Champion 1|
|6||500||CARES Champion 2|