Don’t Let It Loose
Pets and plants from aquariums and water gardens are significant sources of aquatic invasive species to Alberta. One of the most common examples is goldfish, which can tolerate large fluctuations in water temperature and low levels of oxygen, meaning they can survive the winters in Alberta and have been found to thrive as far north as Fort McMurray. Please remember that releasing any organism into a public waterbody is illegal.
- Don’t let it loose! Give your unwanted aquarium pets or plants to a friend, take them back to the pet store, or donate them to a school where kids can enjoy them. Never dump fish or plants into rivers, streams, ponds or storm sewers.
- Don’t flush your dead fish down a drain. It may carry pathogens that can harm native fish. Please provide it with a proper burial in the backyard or dispose of it in the garbage.
- For more information, please visit the Don’t Let It Loose campaign.