What is CARES?
Purpose and Goals
The purpose of the CARES Preservation Program is to create a base stock of conservation priority species by encouraging hobbyists to devote tank space to one or more species at risk and distribute offspring to fellow qualified hobbyists. In addition, it provides an information network where possible between aquarists, scientists, and conservationists.
CARES has four major goals:
- 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.
Interested in learning what species are included in CARES? Visit CARES to review the priority species list.
Interested in registering a species you currently maintain? Simply visit the CARES site to register online. You will need to provide basic information about where you acquired the fish, as well as a photo for species identification. (Photos from smart phones are acceptable.)
If you have questions about the program or how you can be involved, contact us at [email protected] or leave a reply below.