James J. White Memorial Conservation Fund

The NEC James J. White Memorial Conservation Fund

To quote Janne Ekstrøm's article in AMAZONAS 31, September/Oktober 2010, Seite 8–12,

"We, the humanity on Earth, have only two choices: We either stand back and watch when our beautiful planet turns into dust or we act and do something about the problem before it’s too late."

The NEC Conservation Committee was established to help conservation efforts through fundraising and donations to well-established and working conservation groups.  For several years now the Committee has hosted a silent auction at the Annual NEC Convention to benefit organizations that are involved in conservation.

The History of James J. White Memorial Conservation Fund

Jim passed away suddenly on August 3, 2010 at the young age of 46. He was a long time member of the Pioneer Valley Aquarium Society and served as auctioneer at many of his sister club auctions. We miss him greatly.

Jim was active in the Northeast Council of Aquarium Societies for many years, working first for PVAS and in the last 14 years with the NEC as well. Jim was also very involved in breeding fish, bringing fish to other club auctions and participating in the NEC Breeder Participation Program.

Jim’s dedication to the NEC was fierce and he wore many hats. First he served as PVAS’s delegate and he went on to serve as a BOD member (since 1998) and Vice President of the NEC for several 2-year terms. He was a consistent volunteer at our annual Convention, running the fish room during the Sunday auction, being a runner and auction feeder; as he honed his auctioneering skills he became the main auctioneer for the NEC and all the NEC Clubs. For many years Jim chaired the Competitive Events Committee and ran the Photo Contest. Recently he organized the Conservation Committee’s efforts to raise money for fish-related conservation efforts around the world.

Jim worked for the benefit of the aquarium hobby, clubs and the NEC, both in the background as well as in the spotlight. His efforts were highlighted in 2005 when he was awarded the NEC’s highest honor, the Betty Mueller Award. Jim represented the NEC well and his adorable face and dedication to the aquarium hobby will be sadly missed throughout the clubs in the Northeast.

The NEC honors the dedication that Jim had for the Conservation Committee’s efforts by renaming the fund as the James J. White Memorial Conservation Fund.

This year, the conservation recipient is

2021 NEC conservation

Let’s make a difference!  The NEC raises money annually in support of an established conservation effort revolving around the tropical fish hobby.  Conservation groups always need our help, but they especially need it this year.  Since there was no Conservation Auction last year and may not be one this year, the NEC has decided to sponsor a “James J. White Conservation Drive” and the NEC will match funds donated up to $1,000.00!

This year’s Conservation recipient will be “Project Piaba”.  If you, your club, or any of your members would like to help, donate NOW!  The fund matching Conservation Drive ends April 25, 2021.

Individuals and clubs should send their donation directly to Project Piaba (http://projectpiaba.org/get-involved/donate/) and then notify Carlos Pereyra at (carwa71@yahoo.com) to let the NEC know that the donation has been made and the amount that was donated.  The NEC is coordinating with Project Piaba and will match all donations up to a total of $1000.

Raise money however you see fit!  A portion of auction proceeds, collect small donations from members for a grand total, sell raffle tickets or hold an auction of chosen lots and donate the proceeds to Project Piaba – there are many options!

Your donation must be made by April 25, 2021 and Carlos must be notified by that date.  Thank you - Let’s make a difference



Many thanks to the following hobbyists for making a donation to the JJW Memorial Conservation Fund:




Home hobbyists who donate
fish to the silent auction



The James J White Memorial Conservation Fund in action

Our conservation fund has supported the following organizations:

2001    American Cichlid Association’s Paul V. Loiselle Conservation Fund
2002    Project Piaba
2003    Pupfish of Southwest US
2004    Fish Ark Mexico
2005    American Killifish Association’s George Maier Fund
2006    CARES Preservation Program
2007    Project Amazonas
2008    Project Piaba
2009    Conservation Fisheries
2010    Project Amazonas
2011    International Rivers, American Livebearer Association’s Langhammer Fund for Conservation, and the Stuart M. Grant Cichlid Conservation Fund
2012    CARES Preservation Program and Center for Research in Global Change and Sustainability
2013    Indonesian Marine Ornamental Symposium (LINI) and Conservation Aquariums in the Classroom
2014    The Goodeid Working Group (GWG) and Project Seahorse
2015     Conservation International and Ozalul (Innovation for Marine Conservation)
2016     The Congo Project (American Museum of Natural History) and The Nature Conservancy
2017      Project Piaba and Bahamas Reef Environment Educational Foundation (BREEF)
2018     The Ocean Foundation "Sawfish Mating Project" and Coral Restoration Fund
2019      IUCN Freshwater Fish Specialists Group's Home Aquarium Fish Sub-Group (HAFSG)
2021      Project Piaba

Updates on past conservation recipients

Stuart S. Grant Cichlid Conservation Fund Update:


The Goodeid Working Group:

plans to put the funding to use over the next six months. Our goals are to

1) Provide material and technical support for the conservation of rare goodeids in captivity and in the wild by the Universidad Michoacana de San Nicolas Hidalgo in Morelia, Mexico; and

2) Help pay costs associated with bringing new populations of rare goodeids into the U.S. and distributing them to serious hobbyists and public aquaria/zoos for long-term captive maintenance.