About the NEC

The Northeast Council of Aquarium Societies was established in 1956 to assist and strengthen member societies, to act as a clearing house for material relating to the aquarium hobby, to assist local societies in publicizing their events and to promote the aquarium hobby in general. These goals remain as important now as they were then. New regulations are continuously being imposed and the computer age offers so many alternatives – both tremendous challenges to the tropical fishkeeping hobby. The NEC continues to promote education and comradery gained by sharing experiences and participating in other clubs’ activities. Communication is still the key.

In 1976 the NEC hosted its first “Weekend Workshop” which was designed to teach hobbyists about new fishkeeping techniques, new fish available, the importance of conservation and assist the hobbyist with their fishkeeping goals. Over 30 years later the convention still holds to these ideals and provides speakers from across the United States and the world, meetings of specialty groups in the hobby, a Vendor Room, manufacturers’ representatives, a giant auction of live plants and fish and endless networking possibilities to further your fishkeeping experience.

The NEC’s Annual Convention is an opportunity to gather knowledge related to our hobby, meet that special speaker, mingle with long-time hobbyists and share your experiences with newcomers in the hobby. We encourage everyone to expand your knowledge and socialize with the friendly group who appear year after year; this is an educational and social weekend open to all and we invite you to come experience the NEC’s Annual Convention this year!
Historically, the NEC has accepted membership from aquarium societies in the northeast area of the US; due to a recent change to our constitution, any club within the US and abroad can become a member of the NEC.

As of October 9, 1956, twelve clubs joined the NEC as Charter Member Clubs.

NEC Charter Member Clubs

Aquarium Club of Eastern Connecticut
Ashuelet Fin Club
Elm City Aquarium Society
Exotic Fish Society of Hartford
Hudson Valley Aquarium Society
NaugatuckValley Aquarium Society
New Britain Aquarium Society
North Jersey Aquarium Society
Norwalk Aquarium Society
Pioneer Valley Aquarium Society
Tri-State Aquarium Society
Worcester Aquarium Society

If you or your aquarium club is interested in learning more about the council, please feel free to contact any board member or visit our web site at www.northeastcouncil.org.

The following clubs are members of the NEC:

If you belong to any of these clubs, then you are a member of the NEC!
Aquarium Club of Lancaster County (ACLC)
Aquarium Club of Maryland (ACM)
Boston Aquarium Society (BAS)
Brooklyn Aquarium Society (BASNY)
Bucks County Aquarium Society (BCAS)
Capital Cichlid Association (CCA)
Central New York Aquarium Society (CNYAS)
Cichlid Club of York (CCY)
Danbury Area Aquarium Society (DAAS)
Diamond State Aquarium Society (DSAS)
Greater City Aquarium Society (GCAS)
Jersey Shore Aquarium Society (JSAS)
Koi Organisation International (KOI)
Long Island Killifish Association (LIKA)
Metropolitan Area Killifish Assocation (MAKA)
Nassau County Aquarium Society (NCAS)
New England Cichlid Association (NECA)
New England Fancy Guppy Association (NEFGA)
North Jersey Aquarium Society (NJAS) *CHARTER CLUB*
Norwalk Aquarium Society (NAS) *CHARTER CLUB*
Otter Valley Aquarium Society (OVAS)
Pioneer Valley Aquarium Society (PVAS) *CHARTER CLUB*
South Coast Tropical Fish Society (SCTFS)
South Jersey Guppy Group (SGJGG)
Southern New England Killifish Association (SNEKA)
Tropical Fish Club of Burlington (TFCB)
Tropical Fish Society of Rhode Island (TFSRI)
Upstate New York Killifish Association (UNYKA)
Worcester Aquarium Society (WAS) *CHARTER CLUB*