Introducing the NANFA Breeder's Award Program (BAP)

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  • Follow this link to the Official NANFA Breeder's Award Program Interactive Report Form PDF. Simply type your data and observations into the form and e-mail it to the BAP Chairperson.
  • Rosyface shiner, Notropis rubellus
    Garold W. Sneegas


    • To recognize outstanding achievement in the breeding and rearing of North American fishes by NANFA members.
    • To provide the opportunity for breeders to contribute to a library of information on native fishes. This library will be available to others with an interest in the natural history and captive husbandry of North American fishes.


    Certificates will be awarded annually at the convention to those members who have submitted enough forms to qualify for one of the awards listed below. Any members who do not attend the convention, but have earned an award, will receive them in the mail following the convention. Members of the award committee will not review their own reports.



    Breeders Award

    50 points

    Advanced Breeders Award

    200 points

    Expert Breeders Award

    400 points

    Master Breeders Award

    600 points

    Specialty Awards

    Specialty Awards can be earned by breeders who work extensively with one particular family or group of fishes. All points for fishes in one family must add up to the minimum point value listed below, and any other requirement must be met, such as earning points from more than one genus within the family. Following are the awards currently offered. Additional awards may be created if there is sufficient interest by breeders.




    Centrarchidae Award

    600 points

    2 genera

    Cyprinidae Award

    600 points

    5 genera

    Killifish/Topminnow Award

    600 points

    2 genera

    Catfish Award

    600 points

    any species

    Percidae Award

    600 points

    2 genera

    Requirements for earning points

    There are five ways to earn points for each fish species. The breeder can earn the full point value of a species in each of the first four categories below, and twice the full point value of a species in the fifth. The final score will be the number of the first four categories fulfilled, multiplied by the point value of the species bred, plus twice the point value of the species, if category five is fulfilled.

    Following are the five categories in which the point value of each species can be earned, cumulatively.



    1. Breeding fish caught from the wild during or just prior to the spawning season.

    Regular Point Value

    2. Breeding fish kept in captivity through one spawning season and then brought back into spawning condition.

    Regular Point Value

    3. Raising fry to at least 60 days old.

    Regular Point Value

    4. Successive spawnings (F2, F3, F4 etc.).

    Regular Point Value for each generation

    5. A Spawning Report of 400+ words describing the breeder's experience.

    Twice the Point Value

    To earn points in categories 1-4, the breeder must fill out a BAP Report Form with all required information and return it to the NANFA BAP Committee.

    Example: If bluegill is a 10 pt fish, the breeder can earn at least 60 points


    Point Value

    Total Points

    Breed wild conditioned bluegills



    Breed bluegills that were kept in captivity through one spawning season



    Raise captive spawned bluegill fry (60 days)



    Raise and breed captive spawned bluegill fry



    Submit 400+ Spawning Report



    Additional point values can be earned as successive generations of bluegill are bred from the same captive stock.

    Note: Since one of BAP's objectives is to share information about the reproductive biology and captive propagation of native fishes, all participants are strongly encouraged to submit a Spawning Report. Shorter write-ups will be accepted, but 400 words are required to receive the additional points. Spawning Reports may be published in American Currents at the editor’s discretion.

    Fish Point List

    The Fish Point List will be updated by the NANFA BAP Committee at least every decade or as needed. Fishes that are found to be particularly easy or difficult to breed may be assigned to new point categories. Existing scores will not be changed to reflect these reassignments, so point holders will not gain or lose points as a result of these changes. The original point values can be earned up to one year after a point value has been lowered by persons already working with a particular species. During the first few years of the program the point values will be updated yearly.

    The species that will be considered as North American fishes, for the purposes of this program, are those that are listed as such on the NANFA Checklist of Freshwater Fishes of North America. This site can be reached at :

    This official list may be amended at the discretion of the NANFA BAP Committee.

    If a spawning report is received for a North American fish family that is not on the list, the BAP Committee will assign points within three months of receipt of the Report Form. That species/family will then be added to the point value list.

    5 Point Fish
    Poeciliidae - gambusia, mollies, etc.
    Goodeidae - All livebearing species

    10 Point Fish
    Darters: All Etheostoma that guard eggs
    Killifishes: All Fundulus; Jordanella floridae (flagfish); 
                        Cyprinodon variegatus (sheepshead minnow);
                        Lucania goodei; Lucania parva; Leptolucania
    (pygmy killifish)
    Cyprinidae: minnows and carps
    Cichlidae: cichlids
    Characidae: characins
    Elassomatidae: pygmy sunfish
    Centrarchidae: sunfishes, black basses, etc.

    15 point fish
    Darters: All Etheostoma that do not guard eggs
    Cyprinodontidae: All pupfishes except C. variegatus
    Profundulidae: Middle American killifishes
    Rivulidae: rivulines
    Goodeidae: All egglaying Goodeidae
    Gasterosteidae: sticklebacks
    Cottidae: sculpins
    Umbridae: mudminnows

    20 point fish
    Sunfish: Lepomis humilis (orangespotted sunfish)
    Ictaluridae: bullhead catfishes (Ameiurus, Ictalurus, Noturus, Prietella, Pylodictis, Satan, Trogloglanis)
    Pimelodidae: long whiskered catfishes
    Percidae: All non-Etheostoma (Ammocrypta, Crystellaria, Percina, Perca, Stizostedion)
    Atherinidae:  silversides
    Amblyopsdae:  cavefishes
    Aphredoderidae: pirate perch
    Catostomidae: suckers
    Eleotridae: sleepers
    Embiotocidae: surfperches
    Gobidae: gobies
    Hemiramphidae: halfbeaks
    Percopsidae: trout-perches
    Salmonidae: trouts, salmons and whitefishes
    Sciaenidae: drums
    Synbranchidae: swamp eel
    Syngnathidae: pipefishes and seahorses

    25 point fish
    Amiidae: bowfins
    Ariidae: sea catfishes
    Belonidae: needlefishes
    Esocidae: pikes
    Hiodontidae: mooneyes
    Lepisosteidae: gars
    Lotidae: cuskfishes (burbot)
    Moronidae: temperate basses
    Mugilidae: mullets
    Petromyzontidae: lampreys

    Note on Marine Species

    The NANFA Checklist only covers fishes that are restricted to or enter fresh waters. Because there is limited information on the captive breeding of most marine species, we have not listed the vast majority of them here. We will, however, accept and encourage submission of Report Form and Spawning Reports on marine fishes native to North America. Point values will be assigned as reports are received.

    Note on Unrecorded Species

    Be the first in the program to spawn and document the event and you will likely get a higher point value for that species than will future reports. As an incentive for breeders to work with little known species, the first spawning report submitted for any species which has not been previously reported to the NANFA BAP Committee will receive a point value one step higher than its listed point value. Once an initial report in submitted for a species, the BAP Committee will evaluate the report and determine whether the species is difficult to spawn or relatively easy, and assign the species an appropriate value for later reports. A list of species previously reported to the program will be maintained for breeders' reference.

    Additional rules

    Using hormones to induce spawning is prohibited.

    Anyone working with endangered/protected fishes will need documentation showing they are allowed to be working with these species.

    Submit a Breeder Awards Program Report

    Orangespot sunfish,
    Lepomis humilis

    Are you ready to participate? Great -- we're looking forward to hearing from you!

    Follow this link to the Official NANFA Breeder's Award Program Report Form PDF

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