KAUKAUNA - It was a packed house for the Green Bay Aquarium Society's fishauction, where people came to buy and sell fish. Some of the moneyraised will help maintain public fish tanks in the area.
“Just people that are fish nuts,” said Ron Greunkewho is the Vice President of the Green Bay Aquarium Society.“People that like fish and trade fish with otherpeople.”
The aquarium society puts on two auctions each year, one in thefall and one in the spring.
A fish isn’t the only thing you can take home from theauction. A good laugh is almost sure to be had with Marc Steevensas auctioneer and entertainer.
“I probably do things differently than a lot ofauctioneers because I'm not afraid to embarrass myself,” saidSteevens.
The chance to improve their fish collections keeps people comingback.
“You usually can pick stuff up cheaper than in thestore,” said Jim Zander of Jackson.
But Steevens says some people just enjoy the camaraderie.
“I will try to do everything I can to badger them to drivetheir bids up,” said Steevens. “I'm not above making upa bid for someone to make sure they are payingattention.”
Bidders at the auction aren't the only ones updating their fishcollection. Some of the money raised by the aquarium society willhelp update the fish tank at the downtown Green Bay library andfish tanks at the NEW Zoo.
“Anybody that likes fish, it's a good place to come andget their fish and any fish supplies they want whether its fish,tanks, food, filters, anything that they need,” saidGreunke.
While many people at the auction admit to being intensecollectors, the aquarium society says it’s for people withany level of fish fondness.
“The Green Bay aquarium society is not just for thehardcore aquarium enthusiasts,” said Steevens.“It’s for anybody that has an interest in tropicalfish.”
The aquarium society receives at least 20% of each sale at theauction.
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