Although exotic animals can make great pets and ornamental plants can make beautiful decorations, these species can also be invasive. In fact, some characteristics, like hardiness and rapid growth, that make certain species desirable are the same characteristics that can contribute to their ability to become invasive.
What you can do:
Prevention and education efforts for the aquarium and water garden trade include:
- Protect Your Pet, Preserve the Environment, Don't Release Exotic Species! - A pamphlet for pet owners.
- Habitattitude - Resources for aquarium hobbyists, backyard pond owners, water gardeners, and others who are concerned about aquatic resource conservation by the federal Aquatic Nuisance Species Task Force in partnership with the Pet Industry Joint Advisory Council, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, and the National Oceanographic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) National Sea Grant College Program.
- Massachusetts Invasive Plant Advisory Group - A voluntary collaborative representing organizations and professionals concerned with the conservation of the Massachusetts landscape.
- Invasive Plants - Information maintained by the New England Wildflower Society.
- Massachusetts Aquatic Invasive Species Management Plan
If you have specific questions about aquarium pets/water gardens and AIS, please contact us .