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.