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Frequently Asked Questions about NFC !
Q. What's the difference between NFC and other
A. NFC is a not for profit conservation based organization.
What that means is the NFC will be actively pursuing public
and private grants to support their projects. Other
organizations who are not for profit cant realistically
pursue grants. We can . We are the only not for Profit
organization in America who focuses on native fish. This
specialized focus allows us to partner easily with
watershed, trout, nature , elk, or bird based organizations.
We are well aware that fish do not live in a fish bowl. We
must conserve ecosystems to insure survival of our native
fishes. Ecosystems that include Elk, Birds, Reptiles and a
myriad of other wonderful insects animals and aquatic life.
Q. Why are your membership fees so low ?
A. Good question, our fees are not low because we give
little in membership services. They are low because all of
our staff are volunteers. This combined with the low postage
and printing cost we get due to our not for profit status
makes us a great conservation value. The model we are
following will give 80% of all income back to local
/national conservation projects. So when you pool the
membership fees with grants and donations we can impact
projects all across the country. So we make our fees as low
as possible to encourage as many people as possible to join
our ranks. We firmly believe that in diversity there is
Q. What do I get for my membership fees ?
A. You get, WEBSITE access, our publications, access to
regional activities, access to breeders awards, the
community bulletin board, access to purchase donated items
at a great price and finally the satisfaction of knowing you
are helping those unloved native fishes.
Q. Are you guys an aquarium club ?
A. No, While we encourage conservation minded aquarist to
join our ranks we are not an aquarium club. For aquarist to
continue to enjoy keeping native fishes we must preserve our
native fishes habitats. Without serious efforts from
conservation organizations like the NFC the privilege of
collecting and keeping native fishes will be in jeopardy.
We at the NFC can help preserve recreational collecting via
conservation and lobbying our state and federal agency's
to include the recreational collector in their legislation.
Q. So what will you guys do with the money that you take
A. We seek to break down our profits in this way. One half
of what we take in will be spent on small projects around
the country. From regional activities to special breeding
projects, stream clean ups or breeders club awards. The
remaining amount will be saved until we can effectively
purchase land that can positively impact native fishes. We
will partner our land purchases with other agencies with
common interest to maximize our impact.
Q. How does the Breeders Club work ?
A. Pretty simple really. If you are a serious aquarist who
already has bred a variety of fishes , we have a place for
you here to continue your hobby in a conservation minded
manner. If you are willing to join our structured program
that follows all state and federal regulations we will
invest in you. Your success will equal equipment grants to
further your efforts. You can further your work and help
fill in the life histories of native species at the same
time. Your results will be made public via either our
publication or our WEBSITE.
Q. What can I do to help ?
A. Take the time and effort to volunteer in a small or big
way. Whether you pass out fliers and applications to your
local supermarket or get involved regionally or nationally
WE NEED YOU. Drop us a note or a resume at 2213 Prytania
Circle Navaree Fl. 32566 or email us at robertrice at juno_com and start
Q. What do you have for the novice aquarist or biologist to
help us get started in native fish rearing and research?
A. On our WEBSITE at http://members.xoom.com/nativefishes we
have an excellent introductory packet with collecting and
rearing tips free for the download along with many other
articles and member benefits. Including some very
comprehensive breeding information and collecting/rearing
laws from a great many states. This is the place to get
started before you get out the nets or set up the aquarium.
Q. Who is eligible for NFC grants ?
A. Any NFC member who is working on a grass roots
conservation project is eligible. A project as simple as
setting up an educational program at your child's 4H club or
as complex as an endangered species breeding program or a
stream restoration project are all good candidates.
Q. Are my contributions Tax deductible.
A. Yes we are a not for profit organization so typically any
contribution you give outside of your membership fee is tax
deductible . Check with your tax consultant to be sure.
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