The PLC’s efforts to promote responsible fishkeeping have been highlighted in a recent blog entry from the American Pet Products Association.
With the release of Finding Dory boosting interest in fish keeping, the Pet Leadership Council (PLC) wants to make sure people are educated on the care needs of a specific pet before getting one. For example, the blue tang fish, like Dory herself, can grow up to 17 inches, requires an aquarium the size of a couch and can’t be grown for pets, they have to be taken from the ocean. Here are some core principles that back the pet industry’s commitment to responsible fishkeeping:
- Promote and advance aquaculture efforts for captive breeding of all marine life
- Establish standards for responsible and sustainable collection and handling of all marine life
- Celebrate the educational and health benefits associated with fish keeping
- Educate consumers on responsible fish keeping
Part of being a responsible fish keeper is selecting the right fish and appropriate aquarium, understanding proper care instructions and preventing invasive species. To help educate consumers on these topics, the PLC launched a new website that includes a fun, interactive game to teach proper fishkeeping.
PLC members are also actively supporting the work of Rising Tide Conservation, whose mission is to protect coral reefs.