CARES Preservation Program
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
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 CARES Conservation Priority Species List 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 always-popular Melanotaenia bosemani are on the CARES list!
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
The CARES Preservation Program has four major
- to bring awareness to the critical situation of fish in
nature, while educating the public and stressing the importance of our
roles as responsible aquarists;
- to recognize, encourage, and offer support to hobbyists who maintain species at risk;
- to share fish as
well as data and experiences through notes and manuscripts so that
others may learn to maintain those identical and similar species; and
- to preserve species at risk for future generations.
Phallichthys quadripunctatus the 4-spot Livebearer
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 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. It is helpful however when working towards your
Green Seal of Achievement.
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.
- Participants must be GSAS members in good standing.
- All information on the Species Registration Form must be complete. If you are missing information please contact the CARES Support Team.
- A clear photo of your CARES Species must be submitted for identification.
- You must submit a new form for each species you would like to register.
- Upon successful identification you will be notified of your
fish as registered with CARES and you will receive a Certificate
of Recognition. (Please Note: Species Registrations are only
submitted to CARES on a quarterly basis so final ID and
Registration may take some time depending on when your
registration was submitted.) A certificate will be awarded for
EACH species successfully registered.
- Each quarter you will be contacted by the CARES Support Team
to see if you are still keeping your CARES Registered
Species. It’s ok if you’re no longer working with that
species. This information simply needs to be updated regularly
in the CARES Master Database and in order to maintain its
standing as a CARES Club we must submit quarterly
reports. Failure to reply to requests for a status of your
registered species may result in losing your registration.
- The GSAS CARES Program also allows for additional Awards of Achievement. They are as follows:
- Gold Seal of Achievement – Automatically awarded
with the Certificate of Recognition indicating your fish has
been registered and acknowledging your work with this
- Longevity Seal of Achievement – For each year
that a member continues to maintain a GSAS CARES species
they will be awarded a Red Seal of Achievement.
- Green Seal of Achievement – This is awarded for
compiling your notes from the Species Journal and then
sharing that information in an article submitted to the GSAS
Newsletter Northwest Aquaria. The article must be published
before this Seal can be awarded.
- Blue Seal of Achievement – This is awarded for
sharing the fry of your registered GSAS CARES Species with
another member of GSAS and for those fry then being
registered as a GSAS CARES Species. OR for donating your fry
to a Species Maintenance Program (SMP).
- Red Seal of Achievement – This is awarded for
sharing fry of your registered species with a hobbyist from
another society or educational organization who is also
involved on the CARES Preservation Program (i.e. ACA, HCCC
CARES, DRAS CARES, etc.).
- Each year the GSAS CARES Support Team will determine a CARES
Member of the Year. This person is the one who has best exemplified
the spirit of the CARES program. Their name will be submitted to CARES
as the GSAS Member of the Year and receive recognition from the club
for their outstanding involvement.
GSAS minimum criteria for this award include:
And at least one or more of the following:
- Must have at least one successfully registered CARES
Species & issuance of a Certificate of Recognition.
- Submission of a completed Species Journal to the GSAS
CARES Support Team.
- At least four proactive CARES related posts to Airstone
in a calendar year.
- Submission of at least one article and a photo to the
GSAS Newsletter within a calendar year. Article may be about
your species or about the CARES program in general,
i.e. research or news from CARES, education about the
- CARES Registered Species entered into the GSAS BAP
- CARES Registered Species fry brought to an auction and a
CARES Data Sheet and/or Species Journal included with the
fry. (Please inform a CARES Support Team member if you bring
your CARES Species to an auction.)
- Give a 5-Minute presentation on your CARES Registered
Species at any one of the monthly meetings (time and date to
be coordinated with the CARES Support Team and GSAS
- Create an educational posterboard about your CARES
Species that can be displayed at the GSAS Monthly