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Re: Now Never returned to the wild !!!!
On Wed, 8 Jul 1998, robert a rice wrote:
> While I appluade folks getting excited about things I think for now we
> should limit the scope of things to aquarium species.
Then you'd be a bunch of fools. :-)
> but befor we
> go shooting at each other about this issue we should take a step back
> and concentrate on the obvious problem of introduced aquarium
It's the same basic problem. As I see it there are four levels in issue
1/ Introduction of exotic fish (those from another continent).
2/ Translocation/Introduction of "native" fish (those from North America).
3/ Translocation of fish within their native range (ie individual drainage
4/ Rerelease of fish taken from the wild back to their place of capture.
I don't think anyone is arguing about the first three. The forth one is
certainly more anal, however, I think if you ask a bunch of fisheries
professionals they would suggest #4 is also important to advocate against.
> We risk becoming so myopic on this issue that no party would be allowed
> to move anyfish anywhere and in effect you would end aquarium rearing,
> reintroductions, stocking and we would lose most of the interests of
> naturalist, fishermen and aquarists.....
Now you are getting a little extreme here. :-) Ideally fish rereleased back
into the wild should have a vet examination to ensure we are not releasing
more than we think. Most hatcheries do undertake this these days from what I