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RE: Species Maintenance
>I hesitate to make this suggestion since I am not very
>informed about the way this organization works
Well, that's o.k. Here's my understanding of it, and wiser heads can be
relied on to correct the errors for us!
>Why not form a study group
>or something similar to what the ACA does that focuses
Actually, this study group is called the Killiefish Conservation Committee.
In principle, each genus would have a genus coordinator who helps figure
out what species maintenance groups exist and establish new ones that are
needed. Then these groups are coordinated by species coordinators who keep
track of who's got fish, where they're being sold, etc.and then a bunch of
breeders who dedicate some space to that fish for a couple-few-many years.
Now, the only issue is that there are several genera that don't have
coordinators/species coordinators/breeders. Several genera (like the
Epiplatys group) seem to be in good shape, others in a bit of disrepair.
There's that problem and...
we don't really have a good handle on what is in need of maintenance, hence
A requirement for membership would be
>that a) you are an AKA member and b) you disclose what
>species you work with. This group could then "meet" or
>organize in such a fashion as to decide what they
>think needs focus. When the group grows they will
>become a source of fish that everyone wants. Then in
>order to be in on all the great opportunity more
>members would be "incented" (is that a word?) to
>participate in census type activities. Members of the
>group could make it a "mission" to note where they
>find certain fish, or what they see in auctions or
>swaps. Please no flames, I am just brainstorming
>possibilities to help.
That's more or less how it works, although the number of people involved in
the KCC are fairly small, so just censusing from them doesn't get us too
far (they're probably a good chunk of the 80 rosters Tom has now...).
I would be remiss if I didn't ask you: "say, wanna join the KCC? We need
some folks willing to keep and propagate some species..." Let me know if
you are interested!
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