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Various methods exist for disposing of exotics.  The sections below give many options.  Most important is to remember the Native Fish Conservancy motto:  "Once caught, never release."

Donate it
 to a friend, school, nursing home or return it to an aquarium store (you may even get store credit!)  It is best to call the store and describe your ANS before hand.  Some exotics, especially large aggressive ones are not popular (which could be why they were released in the first place) and have little or no resale value.  In that case, see Euthanasia Methods.


Burn it or trash it

Completely dry or freeze plants, and then add them to the household garbage that does not get composted. Composting should be avoided because many seeds can withstand drying and freezing. An alternative method of disposal is to burn the plants if backyard burning or trash incineration is an option.

Euthanasia Methods

Fish Euthanasia

Eat it!

Note from the webmaster:  I have caught blue tilapia in a fish trap off our dock on the Caloosahatchee and can attest that they are excellent filleted and grilled with a little lemon, butter and a touch of Everglades Heat seasoning!

Have a favorite recipe featuring an ANS to share?  We'll post it here so others can take some advantage out of this ANS invasion.  

Recipes-from the Native Fish Conservancy's Exotic Removal Team's cookbook


But NEVER release it!



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