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NFC: Re: Native Fish Conservancy Digest V3 #5

I don't like the taste of hatchery fish.

>Hello All,
>Its happening again this year, like it does every year. Our lovely State Fish Commission >is stocking hundreds of thousands of trout into fragile streams where they do not belong >and could not live naturally. Even though I am an avid sport fisherman I really detest >this practice and fail to see the sport in catching tame fish that are used to having >people come up and feed them. Aside from that I can only imagine what damage they do >each year to the streams, rivers, and lakes they are dumped into. They are eating food >that our natives need, and even eating our native fish that have a hard enough time >already.
>The other problem is "opening day" when the stocked streams are wall to wall with people >fishing elbow to elbow. Most of these people are "weekend" warriors and this will be >only time this year that they fish. They leave line, Styrofoam worm cups, and all sorts >of other trash behind making a real mess. This is not to mention the damage that they do >each year to the fragile riparian zone around the streams by trampling over fragile >young plants.
>Ok I am done venting now. What do you all think about this practice?