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Re: NFC: New Fishes Available

Hi Randy
MOST of what NFC is about isconservation, as our focus
is natives, its almost impossible to separate anything
we do in relation to natives from conservation. 

If we keep natives, maintain breeding colonys, spread
them through other hobbyists then that is a major
achievement, for the hobbyist but more importantly for
the species involved. 

This thread has been a good one, I am going to be
doing some serious consideration on picking a species
and to concentrate on it .I live in NYS so that will
mean a NY species, to establish a breeding colony of.
It would be great if every member would commit to just
one species of their home state to maintain a breeding
colony of.

--- "R.J. Rogers" <minnowman56 at hotmail_com> wrote:
> &gt; Well, actually I don't really want to trash
> NANFA as they are fellow soldiers
> &gt; in the cause, but I feel that they are more or
> less an aquarium club rather
> &gt; than a conservation group. I find it
> interesting that you feel differently
> &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 in
> 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 of
> habitat restoration, captive breeding of endangered
> species, reducing
> pollution, dam removal, etc. The Adopt-a-Tank
> program is nice but isn't that
> just a program for Marineland to get more kids
> hooked on the aquarium hobby?
> 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 creek
> 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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