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"Jay DeLong" <jdelong at nwifc_wa.gov>: NANFA-- Dambusia, etc.

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From: "Jay DeLong" <jdelong at nwifc_wa.gov>
To: nanfa at aquaria_net
Subject: NANFA-- Dambusia, etc.
Date: Thu, 6 Nov 1997 22:26:22 +0000
Message-ID: <199711070628.WAA15241 at chinook_nwifc.wa.gov>

There have been some unique discussions lately, for sure.  Regarding 
the Damnbusia topic, I don't recall anyone saying they had a personal 
hatred towards the fish or that it was "intrinsically evil".  I think 
BG Granier, who first advocated stomping the fish when found in 
non-native waters, likes the fish as well as his beloved killies 
providing the fish remains in its native environment.  I'll admit BG 
was a little animated when he described the fish, though  :-)

We're not talking about dealing with an occasional wayward fish; 
we're talking about millions of them which have disrupted aquatic
ecosystems.  I'm with BG in recommending the removal and swift death 
of this fish from non-native waters.  I don't think expressing this 
attitude has a negative effect on NANFA's reputation.  I think it 
shows that we are conservation-minded.  Of course it's a waste of 
time; a person could catch and kill these fish for the rest of their 
life and not solve the problem.  Like a thousand other non-natives, 
the fish is here to stay.  It's world-wide dispersal isn't part of 
any Plan.  We screwed up.  We can undo it to an extent in places like 
Ash Meadows.  I tip my cap to folks like Peter Unmack who are doing 
what they can to protect the native species suffering from Gambusia 

Dwight Moody referred to a posting from BG about disclaimers on email 
messages, but I didn't get BG's message, so I'm not sure what it was 
about.  If it's what it sounds like, though, I think it's very wrong 
to have disclaimers on anything we say here.  This email group is an 
arena for discussion, not a public forum.  I don't want to have to 
predict what's going on in the minds of each potential reader every 
time I compose a message, decide who might find it offensive, and add 
a disclaimer of any sort.  Of course, this is different for public 
Jay DeLong
Olympia, WA

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