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Re: NFC: Re: California

			It seems to me that we as a Conservation organization 
have more to offer the people and potential NFC members of California or 
anywhere for that matter, than the use of wild caught fish to adorn thier 
aquariums.  We are conservationists first, aquarist and whatever else after.  
Please do not mistake this communication for a rant. It is simply offering 
another view to the ongoing subject thread of California. If one or all 
disagree with that states legislation in it's concern for native fish, then 
contact the appropriate legislators and make your views known.  Perhaps open 
thier eyes a bit to the possibilities.  And do not think your voice goes 
unheard.  You are why they have the laws in first place.  
			Perhaps there are other ways to be active in 
conservation of the aquatic rescourses of California that do not require the 
removal or transportation of wild fish.
Collecting and releasing from a specific site and documenting and monitoring 
the populations in the wild for instance. The info could be collected and 
maintained on our website for everyones benifit.  A site  could be a place as 
simple as a drainage all but forgotten.  Or if you know of a stream or other 
body in danger of being destroyed or polluted, speak out.  ACTIVATE   And 
this is with the young people from 4-H or whatever group.  They are the 
future of conservation, encourage, empower, entice.  We're not just members 
of XYZ, but here because we believe in the future and want an active part in 
steering it.  California has taken a hardline appoach in response to problems 
as they arise.  Perhaps we should be considering what we can do to get ahead 
of the game and prepare for those problems before they happen since we, the 
human element, are responsible for most the problems in our environment.  We 
are volunteers in this effort and we do not expect anyone to take this on 
24/7.......except Robert    : P..........  and nothing we do is too little, 
only all too often too late.
Daryl Roche
Exotic Removal Program
Administrator, NFC