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Re: Killifish conservation program
On Sun, 10 Mar 2002 08:36:27 -0800 Wright Huntley <jwwiii at pacbell_net>
Personally I believe it would be possible to slip in a few eggs from time
to time of
some killies known to be extinct in the wild. The droughts in years
past probably took
a toll on some species and may again in the future -- who knows. But
by periodically reintroducing eggs of species known to that area some
species may survive till the next generation of killie nuts can collect
some and continue the species. Ohers - where the
habitat is totally wasted -- would be virtually impossible to
reintroduce. I agree that eggs of species not indemic to a given region
should not be introduced unless there were reasons to take the risk.
> The KCC program is not out to save the world.
> The fish maintained are not planned for reintroduction to the wild
> creating another "exotics" problem for someone). I'm not sure the
> documents said that very well. The aim, I think, is more to keep
> them going
> for future hobbyists.
> In the 70s and 80s (even 90s), we lost a number of nice aquarium
> because there were lots of new ones and everyone had done them. The
> time we looked, their native habitat was gone and no new collections
> possible. The species was lost to the hobby when everyone
> dropped it at the same time, simply because no one was keeping an
> eye on the
> In an effort to overcome that loss *to the hobby* the concepts were
> put in
> place to do maintenance of a few select species to carry them
> through those
> times when everyone had "been there, done that" with them.
> Re-introduction maintenance needs to be done with far more resources
> the hobby can provide. It also needs to be done with wider
> understanding of
> ecology than most of us have, and of the potential consequences.
> Difficult-to-breed species will always challenge the more advanced
> and therefore are in less danger of being lost, forever.
> It often is the pretty, easy ones, thought of as beginner or
> fish, that need the deliberate planned protection of KCC. If we can
> them plentiful, it takes pressure off new collections, even when
> they are
> still available in the wild. If no new collections are possible, it
> them around for the hobby to enjoy in future years.
> Wright Huntley -- 650 843-1240 -- 866 Clara Dr. Palo Alto CA 94303
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