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Re: Collecting fears.......

Well said, Robert !

But, I think that the main concern among the contributers was not in
numbers or species collected, but rather the effect of captive breeding
resulting in a somewhat different product that may have been inbred, etc.

There were one or two comments about not taking any fish from the wild,
while I can appreciate the person's concern, it certainly helps a wild
population in the sense that fewer mouths to feed mean a healthier, more
dynamic population, especially in the case of our most prolific native
species who can quickly overcrowd and overcome their environments; as in
the case of the native mosquitofish, the Gambusia!

As long as the likes of you, NFC and NANFA  continue to educate and foster
good conservation practices with our native fishes, and further learn about
our North American fishes, then their future is preserved for coming



> From: robert a rice <robertrice at juno_com>
> To: raywolff at juno_com; nfc at actwin_com
> Subject: Re: Collecting fears.......
> Date: Monday, August 31, 1998 6:28 PM
> Several folks have recently brought up to the list concerns about
> collecting , wild caught vs domestic etc...thought I'd add my 2 cents
> worth. If you have ever collected you know that MANY MANY times common
> species are in incredible numbers literally 100's per square yard.
> Collecting of a dozen or so makes no more of an impact than a bass having
> lunch. However an irresponsible collector CAN cause damge. OUr Job in the
> NFC is to educate the public on the exsistance  of these wonderfull
> fishes while balanceing responsible use of the resources. Someone
> collecting endangered species by the light of the moon IS NOT responsible
> and will never be tolerated by the NFC, However we do support
> recreational collecting of common species. It will be  a sad day when I
> can not go out with my daughter and spend an hour or so and collecting
> and enjoying local species............So in conclusion the key word for
> us recreational collectors is BALANCE !!! Collect only what you should ,
> only where you should and only how you should and it will be a better day
> for all of us ...
> Robert Rice
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