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peter.unmack at ASU_Edu: Re: NANFA-- squawfish

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From: peter.unmack at ASU_Edu
To: nanfa at aquaria_net
Subject: Re: NANFA-- squawfish
Date: Tue, 11 Nov 1997 10:32:33 -0700 (MST)
Message-ID: <Pine.SOL.3.91.971111102511.6470J-100000 at general4_asu.edu>

On Tue, 11 Nov 1997, Jay DeLong wrote:

> I thought about the situation of the squawfish in my part of the 
> country.  This fish is a piscivore which eats Columbia R salmon 
> smolts as they migrate downstream. The squawfish finds the salmon to 
> be easy prey below dams and Washington and Oregon have put bounties 
> on squawfish ($3 a fish or so).  

I thought that was pretty "amusing" when I first heard about it.  I guess
squawfish aren't worth as much as electricity.  A pity they won't put a
bounty on dams or the consumers who drive the demand for dams.  :-) :-)  
Kind of a no win situation really.  It is also kind of amusing that the 
Colorado River squawfish's main reason for decline and extinction from
lower Colorado is largely due to dams.  They are only found above Glen 
Canyon Dam these days.  Your squawfish in OR/WA obviously isn't too 
bothered by the dams, or at least not to the same extent.  

Mind you, it goes to show that the right kind of press in the appropriate

place can have an influence on people's perception of a species.  If only

we can get folks to think of damnbusia in that way.  :-)  


Peter Unmack

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