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Buntbarsche Bulletin #273

» ACA C.A.R.E.S. Preservation Program

The ACA C.A.R.E.S. Preservation Program

ACA Conservation Committee
Chairman Dr. Paul V. Loiselle
Claudia Dickinson

ACA C.A.R.E.S. Coordinator
Claudia Dickinson

C.A.R.E.S. Conservation Priority List Regional Coordinators
Madagascar Dr. Paul V. Loiselle
Lake Malawi Ad Konings
Lake Tanganyika Ad Konings
Central America Juan Miguel Artigas Azas
Lake Victoria Region Greg Steeves
West Africa Dr. Anton Lamboj

Technical Editor of Freshwater Fishes Dr. Paul V. Loiselle
Conservation Priority List Coordinator Claudia Dickinson
Conservation Priority List Controller Troy Veltrop

For the current list...

The ACA CARES Conservation Priority List

ACA CARES Member of the Year Award

A warm thank you to our registered members of ACA C.A.R.E.S. for your invaluable contribution towards preserving our cichlids for generations to come!

  • Ivan Alfonso
  • Roy Allen
  • Juan Miguel Artigas Azas
  • Chris Biggs
  • Richard Bireley
  • Lisa Boorman
  • Sam Borstein
  • David Boruchowitz
  • William & Tessa Cain
  • Jeff Cardwell
  • James Cavanaugh
  • Pam & Gary Chin
  • Mark Chaloupka
  • Ronald Coleman
  • Jim Cormier
  • Rick Coye
  • Kevin Cumberton
  • Juan Damelines
  • Mike Dennis
  • Morrell Devlin
  • Claudia Dickinson
  • Rich Dietz
  • Jim Ellenberger
  • Julie Ten Eyck
  • Joseph Ferdenzi
  • Vincent Fu
  • Jose Gonzalez
  • Gene Guido
  • Sonia Guinane & David Tourle
  • David Hansen
  • Andrew Hebert
  • Kelly Howard and Eric Hanneman
  • Jeff Hutchinson
  • Scott Jacobson
  • Scott Jackson
  • Charles Jones
  • Shawn Kopinski
  • David Kosak
  • Hilary Lacerda
  • Owen Layugan
  • Wayne Leibel
  • Lime Kiln Middle School
  • Paul V. Loiselle
  • David Lowndes
  • John Luckshire
  • Jeff Malpas
  • Robert McDonnell
  • Jamie McQuarrie
  • John Neese
  • Ronald Nielson
  • Fred Noel
  • Jim Norris
  • Keith Pearson
  • Rick Perez
  • Matt Quinn
  • Bob Randall
  • Chad Rodich
  • Alan Rollings
  • Louis Rovner
  • Howard Schmidt
  • Mark Schmidt
  • Dave Schumacher
  • Otto Seebold
  • Vern Smith
  • Daniel Spielman
  • Greg Steeves
  • Klaus Steinhaus
  • Ron Thompson
  • Rick Tinklenberg
  • Troy Veltrop
  • Derek Walker
  • Joe Wall
  • Rusty Wessel
  • Ray Wetzel
  • Mark Whitney
  • Tom Williams
  • John Winters
  • Barbara Wooton
  • Janos Zempleni

Please be certain that you are included in the ACA C.A.R.E.S. database!

How to register:

  • If you are maintaining species on the C.A.R.E.S. Conservation Priority List, please e-mail Claudia at with the following information:
    • a) your name
    • b) your postal address
    • c) your e-mail address
    • d) your telephone number (optional)
    • e) the name of each species
    • f) where or from whom obtained
    • g) collection location, if available
    • h) when obtained (approximate date is fine!)

I look forward to hearing from you!


Once recognized as a registered member of ACA C.A.R.E.S.

  • You will receive an award of recognition for each species maintained.
  • You will receive an award for an article written by you on your registered ACA C.A.R.E.S. species at risk and accepted for publication in the Buntbarsche Bulletin.
  • You will receive an award of recognition for sharing fry of your registerd ACA CARES at-risk species with another member of the ACA, when those fry are registered in ACA CARES, or for donating fry of your registered ACA CARES at-risk species to a Species Maintenance Program (SMP)
  • You will receive an award of recognition for sharing fry of your registered ACA CARES at-risk species with a hobbyist or school from another society or educational organization who has instituted the CARES Preservation Program, when those fry are registered into that organization's CARES Preservation Program.
  • You will receive an extra award of achievement for each year that you continue to maintain that species
  • Your name and achievements will be acknowledged on the ACA website for as long as you are a registered participant in good standing of ACA C.A.R.E.S.

Purpose and Objectives of the ACA C.A.R.E.S. Preservation Program

The purpose of the ACA C.A.R.E.S. Preservation Program is to encourage hobbyists worldwide to devote tank space to one or more species-at-risk, while forming an information network between aquarists, scientists and conservationists.

The ACA C.A.R.E.S. Preservation Program has Four Major Objectives

  • 1. To bring AWARENESS to the critical situation of our fish in nature
  • 2. To RECOGNIZE and ENCOURAGE hobbyists who maintain species-at-risk
  • 3. To SHARE data and experiences through notes, graphing and manuscripts so that others may learn to maintain those same, and similar species
  • 4. To PRESERVE species-at-risk for future generations

For further information, please contact Claudia at or

Click here for the ACA CARES Discussion Forum

We look forward to adding your name to the growing list! I am certain that with your help we can obtain our goal of placing every species on the list into at least one of your tanks! ...and then to learn that your species is herding a group of fry around the tank.....

The ACA C.A.R.E.S. Preservation Program is about our fish, and it is about people.

We are one team, working together. Please, clear a tank ~ save a fish!

We can and we are making a difference!

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