The New Hampsire Aquarium Society is a non-profit group made up of people that have a common interest in marine and freshwater life and systems.
We meet the second Wednesday of every month September through June at the Somersworth High School. Each meeting has a speaker, Bowl Show, Photo Show, raffle and mini-auction where those present can bid on interesting species that are difficult to find in local stores as well as used, but still useful hardware. The club also runs a Breeders Award Program and Horticultural Award Program to recognize and celebrate the propagation of fish and aquatic plants.Like Us on Our NHAS FaceBook Page
Chuck Smith called the June meeting of the New Hampshire Aquarium Society to order around 7:00 PM on June 10th, 2015. There were eighteen people in attendance. This was the first meeting since the passing of long time member, Bill Janetos. Chuck started the meeting with a few comments on how highly respected Bill was and what a huge asset he has been to the club over many years. There were a few comments and remembrances from the members that made it obvious that Bill will be greatly missed.
Chuck reminded people about the summer picnic at Fort Foster in Kittery, Maine on July 19th and encouraged everyone to attend. He also mentioned a few auctions and conventions and then introduced the speaker for the evening, Richard Pierce. Richard's topic for the evening was endemic Fishes of the Caribbean. Richard separated the area into three segments, the Greater Antilles, the coastal area of Mexico, Central America and the remaining islands including Puerto Rico, Aruba, Bonaire, etc. Richard's talk included a historical aspect that explained why some areas shared various lines of fish and others did not. Once again Richard presented an interesting and educational talk and shared his vast knowledge on a variety of topics. We thank Richard for another fascinating talk and look forward to his return in the near future.
** A warm welcome to our newest member, Ben Stirk. Ben, you have got to get some fresh water going!
The June meeting not only has the regular bowl show but it is when we hold the " of the best " bowl show which has as entries all the winners from September through June. This year's winner of the best of the best was Don Van Pelt's gold Busy-nosed Ancistrus. There were no entries in the photo show so the evening ended with the drawing of the raffle and a spirited auction with the usual great buys.