Friday, June 7, 2013
Don't Let It Loose! - Alternatives to Release
The pet and aquarium trade represents a little known route by which many plants and animals make their way into natural waterways. In recent posts we discussed a few of the most notorious trouble makers; the mystery snail, American bullfrog, Oriental weatherfish, red swamp crayfish, Eurasian water-milfoil, goldfish, and red-eared slider. Remember their faces! Don’t let them loose!
As this cartoon by Jack Ohman of the Oregonian depicts, released classroom pets like the Louisiana red swamp crayfish can be a menace!
Next time you are trying to figure out what to do with unwanted aquarium pets consider these options listed below. Your actions can make a huge difference in preventing the spread of aquatic invasive species!
· Contact your pet store for donation, return, or exchange options.
· Give your unwanted plants and fish to another hobbyist, public aquarium, school, or community center.
· Bag and trash aquatic plants and pour aquarium water in upland areas of your yard instead of storm drains, sink or toilet.
· You can also freeze plants for 24 hours and place them into the garbage.
· Remember to learn about the needs of particular aquarium species before you buy.
· If all else fails, contact your local veterinarian for humane disposal options.
Hang this poster to help you remember all these great alternatives to release. View Oregon Field Guide: Crayfish Invasion to learn about impacts of crayfish released from classrooms in Oregon.
Submitted by Briita Orwick, Pacific Region