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Re: NFC: Re: Too much awareness?

Exactly why secured breeding stocks might very well save the wild


On Tue, 12 Jan 1999, Norman Edelen wrote:

> Hello All,
> I can attest to the fact that awareness can lead to behavior that is
> detrimental to the environment.  The Olympic Mud Minnow is a really
> beautiful and interesting fish found in very limited habitat only on the
> Olympic Peninsula.  It has often been featured in articles and books on
> native fishes and aquarium keeping.  It has become quite desirable.
> However, it is a species protected in the state of Washington.  I have had
> several people asking me where to find it and if I can get them.  I even had
> one fellow from Florida offer me a protected Florida species in trade for
> them.  Some people have become unscrupulous in their desire for this
> species.
> Norm
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> -----Original Message-----
> From: D. Martin Moore <archimedes at master_localink4.com>
> To: nanfa at aquaria_net <nanfa at aquaria_net>; nfc at actwin_com <nfc at actwin_com>
> Date: Tuesday, January 12, 1999 12:21 PM
> Subject: NFC: Too much awareness?
> My fellow fish-heads,
> We have all claimed that what the world needs is more awareness
> of our native fishes, etc.  That way, people will stand up and say,
> "Hey, we need to make efforts to keep this resource available for
> our children's children's children, etc."  But my friends, there is a
> sinister side to this too.  I recently had an interesting conversation
> with my friend Mike Stegall, currently the head aquarist at the
> Mississippi Museum of Natural Science (whom I have enlisted as
> my official "leaflet-hander-outer"), and former NANFA member.  He
> stated that several years ago an article appeared in American
> Currents detailing the exact location of several collecting sites in
> the Okefenokee, and what the author found there.  Shortly after this
> article appeared, "caravans" of collectors invaded these exact
> spots (no others) and severely depleted those populations.  I said I
> wouldn't have thought that many people would have taken an
> interest, to which he replied "Nobody did.  I guess the fact that it
> was the Okefenokee had a lot to do with it."
> Now, there was no survey done here, so you can take this
> anecdote for whatever you think it's worth.  But, to quote the old
> Eagles tune, "...call some place paradise, kiss it goodbye!"
> Can you imagine what would happen if our native fishes became
> commercially important (e.g. a sharp increase in popularity)?
> Good, bad, or ugly?  I'd like to hear opinions on this.
> Prost,
> Martin
> ---------
> "If you want to save Flipper, EAT Flipper!" - Rush Limbaugh
> Prost,
> Martin
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