I live in the San Francisco Bay area and I want to do that practice where you buy live animals and release them. Unfortunately it is dangerous to buy certain animals and release them in the wrong environment (like putting non-saltwater fish in the salty bay) because you will cause their death. What are some safe animals/critters to buy in the bay area? And where can you release them in an environment where they have a chance to survive?
I'm from the bay area as well. Perhaps you can look into the local fisheries; crab, lobster, oyster and so on (depending on the season). I'm sure you would be able to purchase them from the fishery and find a safe place to release them, preferably somewhere far from where they are usually caught but still in a suitable habitat.
Either that, or maybe research the local fish which are caught in the area.
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