Won a goldfish at a fair and can't keep up with the feeding? Has your child lost interest in their aquatic friend?
If that's the case, the Minnesota Sea Grant and Minnesota Aquarium Society urges you not to flush them down the toilet, or throw them into local rivers or lakes – instead they want you to bring the fish to them, "no questions asked."
The two groups are hosting the Habitattitude Aquarium Fish and Plant Surrender at the Lutheran Church of the Redemption in Bloomington on Saturday, according to a press release sent to BringMeTheNews.
Between 10 a.m. and noon, fish and aquarium plants can be dropped off and will be accepted.
They'll then be auctioned off by the society between 11 a.m. and 6 p.m.
The proceeds from this auction will go towards the society's efforts to promote "excellence in fish keeping."
"Aquarists and water gardeners may release organisms for a variety of reasons. They get too big or aggressive. Pets get ill. Owners move or lose interest," Brad Swanson of the Minnesota Aquarium Society, said in the release. "We are committed to providing a solution to this problem."
Swanson said the most common non-native fish released into Minnesota's environment are goldfish, common carp-koi and the Oriental weatherloach.
Marte Kitson of the University of Minnesota Sea Grant program says releasing these fish and aquarium plants into the state's waters can be harmful to the environment and native species.
"Goldfish the size of dinner plates have been found in our rivers and lakes," she said. "These fish can become invasive in certain environments and reproduce quickly. They root up plants to find food, which can destroy habitat for native species."
Lutheran Church of the Redemption can be found at 927 E. Old Shakopee Road in Bloomington