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ALA BREEDERS AWARD PROGRAM (BAP)

PURPOSE
To recognize the achievements of ALA members in breeding livebearing species and collect and convey information on successful breeding to fellow aquarists.

To encourage the propagation and preservation of the captive livebearer stock to deter continued exploitation of wild populations and help assure the survival of livebearing species threatened or endangered in their native habitats.

REQUIREMENTS
The member must submit a completed ALA BAP form for each species bred to the BAP Chairperson.

Spawns before membership in ALA will be accepted if attested to by any other ALA member in good standing or registered with a Breeder Award Program of another aquarium society. (Spawns registered with another society’s BAP program do not need to meet the ALA quantity requirements as long as they are from a period before the member joined the ALA and an ALA BAP form is completed).

Species are considered valid if listed by the California Academy of Sciences Catalog of Fishes, which can be found at this link http://research.calacademy.org/research/ichthyology/catalog/fishcatmain.asp

For each species bred, the member must raise a minimum of TEN (10) fry to an age of sixty (60) days.

All awards are based upon cumulative totals. A species counts only once. If a subspecies is elevated to species status, it will be recognized if bred and reported to the BAP Chairman. If a species is found to be a subspecies or synonym of another fish, it will no longer count for future BAP credit but will be grandfathered for anyone that bred and turned in the species while it was listed as a valid species in the California Academy of Sciences Catalog of Fish.

MERIT BREEDER–Receives a Certificate
Breed and raise twelve (12) or more individual species of Livebearers.
Requires 3, in any combination, of the following
A donation of 6 fry at least 60 days old to an ALA convention auction of one of the fish being turned in.
A donation of fish to the SMP program to be distributed at an ALA convention or through the e-Trader.
An article on the breeding of one of the BAP fish bred to be published in the Journal Livebearers.
A digital photograph of high quality to be published in Livebearers.

SENIOR MERIT BREEDER– Receives a Certificate
Breed and raise twenty-five (25) or more individual species of Livebearers from at least two (2) families, with no more than eighteen (18) from any one family.
Requires 7, in any combination, of the following
A donation of 6 fry at least 60 days old to an ALA convention auction of one of the fish being turned in.
A donation of fish to the SMP program to be distributed at an ALA convention or through the e-Trader.
An article on the breeding of one of the fish bred to be published in the Journal Livebearers.
A digital photograph of high quality to be published in Livebearers.
A digital photograph of high quality to be published in Livebearers.

MASTER BREEDER– Receives a Plaque
Breed and raise fifty (50) or more individual species of Livebearers from at least three (3) families, with no more than thirty-five (35) from any one family. Two (2) or more TARGET species must be included.
Requires 12, in any combination, of the following
A donation of 6 fry at least 60 days old to an ALA convention auction of one of the fish being turned in.
A donation of fish to the SMP program to be distributed at an ALA convention or through the e-Trader.
An article on the breeding of one of the fish bred to be published in the Journal Livebearers.
A digital photograph of high quality to be published in Livebearers.

Plus 2, in any combination, of the following for fish in the target species list
A donation of 6 fry at least 60 days old to an ALA convention auction of one of the fish being turned in.
A donation of fish to the SMP program to be distributed at an ALA convention or through the e-Trader.
An article on the breeding of one of the fish bred to be published in the Journal Livebearers.
A digital photograph of high quality to be published in Livebearers.

GRAND MASTER BREEDER – Receives a Plaque
Breed and raise seventy-five (75) or more individual species of Livebearers from at least four (4) families, with no more than sixty (60) from any one family. Four (4) or more TARGET species must be included.
Requires 18, in any combination, of the following
A donation of 6 fry at least 60 days old to an ALA convention auction of one of the fish being turned in.
A donation of fish to the SMP program to be distributed at an ALA convention or through the e-Trader.
An article on the breeding of one of the fish bred to be published in the Journal Livebearers.
A digital photograph of high quality to be published in Livebearers.

Plus 4, in any combination, of the following for fish in the target species list
A donation of 6 fry at least 60 days old to an ALA convention auction of one of the fish being turned in.
A donation of fish to the SMP program to be distributed at an ALA convention or through the e-Trader.
An article on the breeding of one of the fish bred to be published in the Journal Livebearers.
A digital photograph of high quality to be published in Livebearers.

CENTURY BREEDER – Receives a Plaque
Breed and raise one hundred (100) or more individual species of Livebearers from at least four (4) families, with no more than eighty (80) from any one family. Eight (8) or more TARGET species must be included.
Requires 23, in any combination, of the following
A donation of 6 fry at least 60 days old to an ALA convention auction of one of the fish being turned in.
A donation of fish to the SMP program to be distributed at an ALA convention or through the e-Trader.
An article on the breeding of one of the fish bred to be published in the Journal Livebearers.
A digital photograph of high quality to be published in Livebearers.

Plus 8, in any combination, of the following for fish in the target species list
A donation of 6 fry at least 60 days old to an ALA convention auction of one of the fish being turned in.
A donation of fish to the SMP program to be distributed at an ALA convention or through the e-Trader.
An article on the breeding of one of the fish bred to be published in the Journal Livebearers.
A digital photograph of high quality to be published in Livebearers.
A digital photograph of high quality to be published in Livebearers.

FELLOWS' BREEDER – Receives a Plaque
Breed and raise one hundred-fifty (150) or more individual species of Livebearers from at least four (4) families.
Requires 44, in any combination, of the following (36 for 142 species and 8 for target species)
A donation of 6 fry at least 60 days old to an ALA convention auction of one of the fish being turned in.
A donation of fish to the SMP program to be distributed at an ALA convention or through the e-Trader.
An article on the breeding of one of the fish bred to be published in the Journal Livebearers.
A digital photograph of high quality to be published in Livebearers.

LIFETIME ACHIEVEMENT BREEDER – Receives a Plaque
Breed and raise two hundred (200) individual species from at least five (5) families.
Requires 56, in any combination, of the following (48 for 192 species and 8 for target species)
A donation of 6 fry at least 60 days old to an ALA convention auction of one of the fish being turned in.
A donation of fish to the SMP program to be distributed at an ALA convention or through the e-Trader.
An article on the breeding of one of the fish bred to be published in the Journal Livebearers.
A digital photograph of high quality to be published in Livebearers.

The following species are designated as TARGET species for the MASTER BREEDER, GRAND MASTER BREEDER and CENTURY BREEDER awards:

Ataeniobius toweri Belonesox belizanus Chapalichthys pardalis
Gambusia alvarezi Gambusia eurystoma Gambusia longispinis
Gambusia nobilis Poecilia sulphuraria Skiffia bilineata
Skiffia francesae Xenodexia ctenolepis Xenoophorus captivus
Xiphophorus counchianus Xiphophorus gordoni Zoogoneticus tequila
Any Allodontichthys species Any Allotoca species Any Anableps species
Any Characodon species Any Embiotoid Any Girardinichthys species
Any Hemirhamphodon species Any Jenynsia species Any Nomorhamphus species
Any Priapichthys species Any Tondanichthys species Any seudoxiphophorus species
Any livebearing Clinid Any livebearing Ophidoid Any livebearing Scorpaenid
Any livebearing Stingray Any Syngnathid