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Re: [Killietalk] re: killies on the bubble-ISH
Morris, George wrote:
I'd be interested in offering sanctuary to a native species that has a very
restricted range and might be in danger from habitat destruction.
You have described exactly the situation that we are forbidden by law
from entering, George. [I, too, would love to do it.]
We have brought it on, pretty much by ourselves, by doing ill-informed
things in the past that have led to such rigid laws. [I'm speaking of
hobbyists in general, not most well-informed killifolk! :-)]
I spent yesterday morning in an almost futile attempt to help a Fish &
Game biologist rescue a most rare sub-species of Tui Chub from a remote
spring that had been holding them nicely in years past.
An unwise addition of a rare pupfish to the spring had rapidly wiped the
Tui Chub out. IDK who moved the *radiosus* there, but it has come within
an inch of creating a new extinction. :-( OTOH, this was the most
successful population of Owens Pupfish I had seen in the past couple of
years. :-) [Bad news, good news situation.]
Our only solution to the present dilemna is to form partnerships with
the local and federal fish and game authorities and volunteer to help
them do their job. That frequently means we do things that seem most
unwise or unpleasant, but I'm learning, after ten years of doing it,
that some of the worst parts of their jobs are undoing what thoughtless
hobbyists, fishermen and fish farmers have done to fragile habitats.
Eventually, I hope we can recover their confidence and have a chance to
positively impact legislation that currently messes up our hobby. Being
informed and sensitive to the issues can only help. That's one of the
main reasons AKA has launched a conservation series in JAKA, and that
I'm willing to "try to herd cats" to help edit it.
Eventually, we may get to expand programs like the KCC to cover native
species. To do that legally will require overcoming a lot of justified
resistance from Washington and various state capitols.
Wright Huntley -- 760 872-3995 -- Rt. 001 Box K36, Bishop CA 93514
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