Take the Pledge - Get Aquacultured!
More than 1,800 species of fish, 140 species of corals and 500 species of other invertebrates live in home saltwater aquariums around the world. But how much do you know about how those fish get from the ocean to a tank at home? Some marine life collection practices can damage coral reefs and are dangerous for the fish collected or left behind. While these undesirable practices can make fish collection easier, they also destroy coral, weaken fish and make it harder for fish to survive on their way to pet stores and a new fish-lover's home aquarium.
That's why Defenders of Wildlife and Petco are collaborating to eliminate harmful marine life collection practices, help prevent overfishing and encourage the sale of aquacultured fish instead of wild-collected fish.
We're asking informed pet owners and advocates like you to take a stand against these damaging practices to improve efforts to conserve and protect the world's coral reefs and the fish that are dependent upon them.
Here are a few ways you can preserve marine life and their ecosystems.
- Consider purchasing freshwater fish, which don't come from the ocean, such as tetras, barbs, mollies or platies. These fish can be less expensive and much easier to care for than saltwater fish.
- If you do purchase saltwater fish, choose widely available aquacultured fish like clownfish, neon cleaner goby and pajama cardinalfish.
TAKE THE PLEDGE: "I pledge to protect the world's coral reefs and reef fish by choosing aquacultured fish over those collected from the wild."