The aim of the Big Fish Campaign is to raise awareness about the problem of aquarium fish that grow larger than the vast majority of home aquaria can accommodate, and to promote responsible buying and selling of these larger species.
The campaign will be focusing on a positive approach, including:
- raising awareness throughout the hobby and aquatic trade about the extent of the problem
- dispelling the myth that fish only grow to a size relative to the tank size (!)
- asking retailers to sell larger fish responsibly by providing information on realistic adult sizes of these species
- encouraging wholesalers and retailers not to routinely stock the "worst offenders" such as Pacu and Pangasius catfish - and instead concentrate on the hundreds of more suitable aquarium fish available to the hobby!
It is not the aim of the campaign to ban certain fish from sale, or push for restrictive licensing – quite the opposite in fact: it is hoped that a more responsible attitude from fishkeepers, retailers and wholesalers/importers will help to prevent the need for future legislation.