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My two cents worth here is the result of a degree in biology that I haven't
used much of in the past twenty years,so I will fall into Tyrones' (any
idiot that can pick
up a book) catagory,but I have had some forty years experience with
aquariums so here goes.
The general membership of the AKA seems to consist of hobbyists interested
in the science of breeding beautiful fish that are not common in the trade.
Few of us attempt to breed them in large numbers to sell to the local pet
store. The literature we grope for when facing a problem is available from
experienced scientists as often as another hobbyist.
This group of people are an excellent source to utilize to maintain captive
populations of disappearing species, not only for their ultimate expertise
but for their very diversity worldwide.If a population in some ones' tank
crashed in Dayton, Ohio someone may have one thriving in Berlin.
The SMC CAN be a clearing house of information regarding location and
existence of the various strains being kept. A census could be derived
informing the scientific world what species still exist, much as the zoos do
This is a bit long but the sum of it all is that our organization tends
toward captive species survival by its very nature. With the excellent
management we have been fortunate to have with the SMC, past and present,
our sights should turn more and more toward maintaining THE
qualitative database for our small charges.
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