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Breeder’s Award Program – Rules

Last revision date: January 2017

  1. Any member in good standing of the Aquarium Society of Winnipeg may participate in the program.
  2. To be eligible for the BAP, a spawn must consist of at least five fry. Special consideration will be given to species known for having spawns of less than five fry, i.e., livebearers, killies.  It is the responsibility of the participant to provide documentation to justify such claims.  The most up to date materials such as the Internet, books, magazines, etc., are suitable references.
  3. All spawning must be as a result of eggs, (or in the case of livebearers, fry) which were spawned in the participants’ own aquarium (or pond) by fish which were his/her bona-fide property.
  4. Verification shall consist of the fry (and both parents, if requested by the BAP chair/committee).  The fry must be at least 60 days old to be eligible for verification, i.e., 60 days after hatching of the eggs or in the case of mouthbrooders 60 days after the release of the fry.  The only exception to this rule applies to Class D spawning in which the fry must be verified at 30 days then again at 60 days.
  5. All verification of fry is to take place at the monthly meetings unless prior approval is given by BAP Chairperson.  The only exception to this rule applies to Class D spawns in which arrangements need to be made with the BAP Chair for the first witnessing of fry at 30 days.
  6. The participant is responsible to submit the completed BAP Report Form, (section 11) at the time of witnessing.  All forms must be signed by both the participant and the BAP chair at time of witnessing.
  7. To receive credit for BAP the one (1) bag of five (5) fry used for witnessing must be sold in the BAP auction, (section 8).
  8. The BAP auction will be held prior to the regular auction at every monthly meeting. The auction proceeds will be divided 75% to the seller and 25% to the club.
  9. Points can awarded up to a maximum of three (3) times for hobby acceptable variant(s) of a single species of fish. There must be least one different physical characteristic (i.e. colour, pattern, tail shape, body shape, scale type, etc.) from the previous submission(s).
    For those species with naturally occurring subspecies and/or geographical variants, no limit will be placed on the number of accepted submissions as long as the subspecies or location is clearly and correctly identified on the BAP Report Form. The BAP Report Form must clearly identify what source was used to aid the member in determining the exact subspecies or geographic location being claimed.
  10. The crossbreeding of species will not be recognized by the BAP under any circumstances.
  11. The BAP chair is responsible for the verification of fry.  Members of the BAP committee may witness fry if approved by the BAP chair. The BAP chair may not witness his/her own fry.
  12. It is the participant’s responsibility to see that all requirements have been met in each instance.  To ensure that no mistakes occur, it is advised that participants maintain a personal record of all spawning and points awarded.
  13. The current Aquarium Society of Winnipeg BAP Report Form must be used to register all spawns.  BAP Report Forms are available from the BAP chair and here on the ASW webpage.
  14. The awarding of points shall be according to the current BAP catalogue of species.  In the case of discrepancy, the BAP committee shall review the case for final decision.  The points system shall be as follows:
    Class A
    - 5 points;
    Class B - 10 points;
    Class C - 15 points;
    Class D - 20 points;
    Class E - 25 points.
  15. The BAP chairperson shall be responsible for the following:
    1. receiving, compiling and recording all points as they are received;
    2. ensuring that all awards are available for presentation.
  16. The BAP committee shall be responsible for the following:
    1. the maintenance of the BAP;
    2. forwarding all BAP documentation to the BAP chairperson.
  17. If a member has previously submitted a species for BAP, the member can re-submit the species again for BAP (completed BAP Report Form and at least five (5) properly labelled and bagged of fry must be provided to the BAP Chairperson). The new submission will replace the older submission, and the species will be assessed using the current BAP Species List and Bonus point criteria.
  18. All BAP documentation is property of the Aquarium Society of Winnipeg.


Articles and Presentations

To further the interest and the education aspect in the BAP, a system of bonus points is in place to encourage participants to share their spawning achievements with others through writing of articles or giving presentations during ASW general meetings.


  1. Ten bonus points shall be awarded in the BAP for each article submitted to the BAP committee up to one year after verification.
  2. Articles must be written by the participant who is registering the spawn.
  3. Articles that are in point form or of a paragraph or less will not qualify for the bonus points.
  4. Articles submitted for bonus points may be forwarded to the editor of the Winnipeg Aquarium Society newsletter, The Fish File, at the discretion of the BAP chairperson.


  1. Twenty bonus points shall be awarded in the BAP for each presentation given by the participant at an ASW general meeting.
  2. The primary focus of the presentation must be related to aquarium fish.

Threatened or Vulnerable Species

Any species which has been listed by a government organization or conservation group as either "Threatened" or "Vulnerable", will receive 5 additional bonus points. A member must clearly identify the status of the species, and the organization or group who posted the species status. The BAP Chairperson will verify the provided information, and award 5 bonus points.

First in C.A.O.A.C.

Any species which has been awarded a certificate for the first successfully reproduction in Canada from the Canadian Association of Aquarium Clubs (C.A.0.A.C.), will receive 10 additional bonus points.

For more information, contact:

BAP Chair | [email protected]