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Re: blueheads

Hi Robert and list,

	Seems the bluehead is a hit, judging from the private responses my
inbox has seen in the last couple of days - you guys know who you are!
	I really welcome the opportunity to share these fish with anyone
interested. I think perhaps a coordinated effort to put some of them in
the care of folks that have the time and resources to develop a steady
supply of them may be called for. I don't intend to hog these fish. I'd
like to see a distributed breeding program set up for them. I have
enough confidence in the qualities and suitability of these fish as
general aquarium keepers that I believe there will be profit for
everyone that cares to get involved in breeding them! Once a general
market can be developed for them, these guys have the potential to
develop a substantial niche in the trade.
	I can provide starters for this as my own stock develop, as I get my
stock up to shipping levels, or when the sporadic collecting conditions
allow. As I am not fond of cottonmouths - especially when collecting
alone - I only wade out knee deep, so water level for finding them is
significant. I know just where to look to get as many as I care to, but
unless a collecting event were mounted for several of us to pitch in, I
will take only those that I find in good condition and I have room to
care for. Because of this a breeding program is the only practical way
to go.
	 The backing of NFC to get up to speed on this - permit wise, and
equipment wise - sure sounds good to me. Someone suggested privately
that doing an end run around the permit situation may be called for, as
different States have different requirements. That's certainly one way
to handle it, but I'd rather get support from NFC to get the legal
clearance to do this thing right. Purchase and/or provision of equipment
and food will certainly help too!
	So, how do we get this ball rolling?


robert a rice wrote:
> herb,
> The NFC Breeders program was developed just for someone like you. I >agree fully that without involvment of the greater public, conservation >of our native fishes will be immpossible. People will only get involved >in things they care about and they will only care about things they >know. As long as the Bluehead shiner remains unknown it remains in >peril. Incvolvment in its fate by even a handfull of nativefish >enthusiast could make a real difference.


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