Jersey Shore Aquarium Society


CARES Preservation Program

The Jersey Shore Aquarium Society is proud to be a part of the Aquarium Hobby CARES Preservation Program. Founded in 2004, the C.A.R.E.S. (Conservation, Awareness, Recognition, Encouragement and Support) Preservation Program is based on the critical and timely significance of Conservation, our Awareness as hobbyists of the issues involved, and the public Recognition of members, offering Encouragement and Support for those who take part in playing a vital role in ensuring a positive future for species at risk.

By housing a CARES fish you can help save an at risk species . You don’t have to have a dedicated species tank or even a large aquarium to join in and help save a fish. Maybe you already have a species on the list or you’d like to acquire a new one. We will be adding a list of the species to the website and also a list of members who currently house them.



The purpose of the CARES Preservation Program is to create a base stock of conservation priority species through encouraging hobbyists worldwide to devote tank space to one or more species at risk and distribute offspring to fellow qualified hobbyists, while forming an information network between aquarists, scientists, and conservationists.

The CARES Preservation Program has four major objectives:

  1. to bring awareness to the critical situation of fish in nature, while educating the public and stressing the importance of our roles as responsible aquarists;
  2. to recognize, encourage, and offer support to hobbyists who maintain species at risk;
  3. to share fish as well as data and experiences through notes and manuscripts so that others may learn to maintain those identical and similar species; and
  4. to preserve species at risk for future generations.