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Re: Conservation breeder's award program

I think you are right on about the breeder's award program. It must be set up in
such a manner that one involved in maintaining species does not lose sight of
the real goal. Not to be lost in a quest for more points just to acheive some
kind of recognition. I think the people involved in these programs must be of a
mindset that will allow them to succeed in their species maintenance over a
period of years and still get some recognition for their efforts.  However the
real goal must be species maintenance and not the recognition. People who really
feel this way will be the ones to take on these tasks and be succesful in their
efforts. Now how we set the program up to bring these people forward?? Iam not
Just some of my thoughts.

David.Koran at HQ02_USACE.ARMY.MIL wrote:

> The concept of a program to encourage conservation efforts in the form of a
> breeder's award program is not new and had been brought up before to the AKA
> BOT.  One of the most well thought out proposals was submitted by two folks
> from NFKA (don't remember who it was from Martino, Kelley, Franco and/or
> Niedzielski).  In essence it did mirror the current BPA in the demonstration
> of success but the key element was more points were gained in each
> succeeding generation of fish the breeder was able to produce.
> It would be nice to recognize individuals who are successful.  On one hand,
> though, if you are really desparate to be recognized maybe accumulating
> points would be your only goal and the species of fish undertaken for this
> effort might not be filling a need for the hobby, maybe duplicating a very
> well worn road.  Success also put a premium on space to handle the fish
> successfully and this might effect quality.  Maybe this is the proper
> perspective we should all have in the first place.  Hence the effort to
> acquire points may end up being counterproductive.
> What is interesting is that when the Gerhard Schrieber award was first
> presented, this was to go to an individual exhibiting a fish that was rare
> or uncommon in the hobby and was present in the hobby primarily due to
> efforts of the exhibitor in the first place.  I received the award in one of
> the first few years it was presented exhibiting "Roloffia guiniensis" which
> I had maintain through at least 2 generations but few in the hobby were
> keeping.  I also remember Hans Behr receiving the award for Aphy. bivitattum
> Tiko the next year, again a fish not many other than Hans had been
> maintaining but in general was considered the main source for the species.
> Over the years the award has morphed into "most endangered fish" and "rarest
> fish".  I hadn't exhibited fish at the National for several years or
> attended until I start going again recently.  A few years back I entered a
> pair of Cyp. alvarezi which I had been maintained for 5-7 years at the time
> (don't remember) but was dismayed to see the award go to a pair of wild
> Aphy. jorgenscheeli.  While my entry had been defensive (i.e., so I didn't
> have to judge the class!), it was pretty easy to see that there were few
> rivals for the Schrieber award and the alvarezi were the leading candidates.
> The alvarezi were also sold for a relatively low price at the auction which
> made me ask if the effort to maintain this uncommon, extinct-in-the-wild
> species was really appreciate by the people in attendance or if the AKA in
> general understood species maintenance.
> After an experience like this it can be asked what good is your effort to
> keep something going.  On the other hand  you can also get continuous
> requests from some individuals to continually acquire a rare species from
> you as the primary breeder.  After several shipments you need to evaluate if
> it is worthwhile to continually "kill off" your stock in this mode.  You
> tend to get greedy and become selective in who you send these fish to.  You
> may tend to think that you are the only person capable of maintaining the
> species which in its own right can lead to disaster as well.
> So in the end if you really want a program like this, think about how it is
> structured so that it produces effective results.  Does it address
> maintenance?  Does it target the array of species you desire?  Does it
> recognize and/or reward the effort properly to encourage participation?  Is
> it a difficult program to administer?
> Dave Koran
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