Don’t dump that fish program
MASWA support the WA Department of Fisheries’ ‘Don’t dump that fish’ program which aims to educate the WA community, ornamental fish industry and fish owners on how to safely and responsibly manage unwanted pet fish.
WA’s native fish are under serious threat due to the release of ornamental fish into our waterways. Pets can become pests and often people are unaware that releasing their unwanted fish into nearby waterways can have disastrous consequences on our native species and environment. Once established, pests can be very difficult if not impossible to eradicate.
If you no longer want your marine fish, please contact us and we will rehome them (and often we are able to assist you in selling them).
Alternatively give them to an aquarium, other fish owners, an organisation with an aquarium or someone willing to take them. If you can’t find a new home for your fish, or if they are sick or diseased, dispose of them humanely. Visit the RSPCA website for advice on how to ‘humanely euthanase fish’.
The following resources have been developed to help support the program:
Sticker for fish transport bags
MASWA have copies of these materials available, or you can email the Department of Fisheries Biosecurity Section if you would like some copies of any materials.
Don't dump that fish video competition - There are also some great DDTF videos produced by year 4-8 students as part of the video competition run by the Department of Parks and Wildlife last year - see the video competition page.
For further information on the program, visit www.fish.wa.gov.au/biosecurity
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