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Re: PRESIDENTS MESSAGE READ THIS - Exotics
>These fish would also be desirable as genetically vibrant breeding
>stock. This would be especially good if we could do so in a manner that
>increases sales, such as providing NFC certification that the XYZ Fish
>Farm has wild-caught cichlids that come with an NFC ERP certification as
>to their wild-caught status - these fish should command a premium price,
>sort of like Tropica-certified plants. Perhaps a few discreet inquiries
>are in order.
Just a small point of comment here...Just because certain exotic species
are established in the "wilds" of Florida, does not necessarily mean they
constitute a diverse genetic pool. If the population originated with just
a few individuals, and has remained isolated from other introductions, then
they may be very much inbred and in no way superior to farmed stock.
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