Can’t Keep Your Aquatic Pet?

05 Sep, 2017

Be a hero, release zero. Fight the spread of aquatic invaders.

Be a hero, release zero. Fight the spread of aquatic invaders.

Can’t Keep Your Aquatic Pet?

Releasing aquarium and water garden pets can hurt them and the environment.

Bring them to us instead!

Event information from Illinois-Indiana Sea Grant

Illinois-Indiana Sea Grant will be hosting aquatic pet “take-back” events in Chicagoland. At these events, pet owners can turn in aquatic pets that they’re no longer able to care for to the Aquarium Fish Sanctuary.

Please note that at this time, only fish and aquatic invertebrates will be accepted. Invertebrates include animals such as crayfish and snails.
Space is limited! Email us to reserve space for your pet at

There will be no penalties for turning in regulated species.

Nothing to turn in? Come see the Aquarium Fish Sanctuary’s aquatic animal exhibit.

Event Details

Saturday, September 9th, 10 AM – 12 noon
Waukegan Harbor
55 S Harbor Pl, Waukegan, IL 60085

Saturday, October 14th, 10 AM – 12 noon
Evanston Ecology Center
2024 McCormick Blvd, Evanston, IL 60201


Editor’s Note: Similar surrender events have been held by Minnesota Sea Grant and Wisconsin Sea Grant in the past. If you’re aware of an upcoming aquatic pet surrender event, please email with more info for inclusion in our events calendar!

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Reef To Rainforest

Reef to Rainforest Media, LLC is the publisher of award-winning magazines and books in the fields of aquarium keeping, aquatics, and marine science. It is the English-language publisher of CORAL Magazine and is based in Shelburne, Vermont, USA.

1 Comment

  1. September 09, 2017

    Hello Sirs,
    We are export growers and breeders of aquarium water plants and exotic fish ;shrimps and Reptiles from Africa;
    Hopping to know from you again ,
    Nice <week end and regards,
    K.M.Aquaristick Inc;
    Ernest Bockarie;

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