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Re: NFC: New Fishes Available

Well keep in mind that NANFA is a much larger group with much larger
resources. Truth be told the NFC is run by a handful of very overworked
dedicated people. And that was the point of my last post. If we as members
would get off of our butts and make it happen at a local level we would have
a much greater impact on our local streams.

There also is a group here in NWPA called "The French Creek Project" which I
am a part of also. The problem with them and most local watershed groups is
that they know very little if anything about local fauna. There are anglers
in these groups, but they love it when the state stocks the creek with
Non-native trout like Brown Trout.

----- Original Message -----
From: R.J. Rogers <minnowman56 at hotmail_com>
To: <nfc at actwin_com>
Sent: Sunday, November 25, 2001 5:29 PM
Subject: Re: NFC: New Fishes Available

> &gt; Well, actually I don't really want to trash NANFA as they are fellow
> &gt; in the cause, but I feel that they are more or less an aquarium club
> &gt; than a conservation group. I find it interesting that you feel
> &gt; though?
> Maybe you can help me. I've searched NFC's website but can find nothing on
> conservation programs other than exotics removal which is happening only
> Florida on a very limited scale by a handful of people. I've been lurking
> this list for awhile and almost all you ever talk about is aquariums and
> catching fish to put in them, and selling fish and aquarium supplies in
> auctions. Rice himself said that members were abusing the NFC just to get
> fish which goes to show where there true interests lie. There is no talk
> habitat restoration, captive breeding of endangered species, reducing
> pollution, dam removal, etc. The Adopt-a-Tank program is nice but isn't
> just a program for Marineland to get more kids hooked on the aquarium
> NANFA may be a hobbyist group but looking at info on the NANFA page I see
> that they are spending money on research and conservation type programs.
> &gt; This will come as no surprise since I already told you I am a hunter
but I
> &gt; also belong to the NRA. The NRA did an ad campaign a while back in
which local
> &gt; people talked about what they NRA was to them. That ads all finished
up with
> &gt; the slogan "thats my NRA". I would love it if we could all say "I
cleaned up
> &gt; this stretch of creek.....thats my NFC". or "I breed this native
> &gt; fish......thats my NFC" or "I taught a bunch of kids about
fish.....thats my
> &gt; NFC"
> Why do you need the NFC (or even NANFA, for that matter) to clean up a
> or teach kids about fish? Arent there local watershed groups you can join
> that are much better prepared to be active and effective on a local level?
> Sorry to be sounding so negative here because I like the NFC's mission and
> goals but I'm just failing to see how they are backing it up with actual
> programs that are getting results. If I'm missing something please tell me
> or show me. Thanks.
> Randy
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