NANFA-L-- Shovelnose sturgeon, please read
Wed, 10 Aug 2005 20:27:28 EDT

Right now a species of sturgeon called a sterlet, Acipenser ruthenus, Is
being imported into the USA as an aquarium fish. In some states it is being banned
and rightly so. This fish competes directly with many North American
sturgeons especially the species that travel back and forth between salt and fresh
water. North Carolina has already banned this fish. If the aquarium trade was the
only reason this fish was being produced it's impact would probably be
minimal but as with most sturgeon it is being produced in huge numbers for caviar in
out door ponds with the usual possibility of being released during storm
floods. The release of hundreds of these adult fish during a storm flood could
have disastrous consequences. I think that we as a group need to back
restrictions on the production and sale of these fish in North America. Caviar while
profitable is one of the most wasteful uses of fish that can be imagined. Raising
sturgeon for meat is a good idea in that sturgeon is excellent eating far
better than most of not all other fish raised for meat. If a sturgeon must be
raised for meat or caviar in North America it should be the Shovelnose sturgeon.
Scaphirhynchus platorynchus, this sturgeon is just as easy to breed, grows fast
and provides both meat and caviar. It also has the benefits of being native
so that release during a storm flood wouldn't be a potential disaster. Of
course as most of you know I would give my eye teeth for a few fingerling
shovelnose for my aquariums but this problem goes far beyond my desire for a shovelnose
sturgeon to look at. Sterlets are the Carp of the sturgeon world, I would
hate to see all of our coastal sturgeon replaced by sterlets the way Carp
replaced nearly all our bottom feeding fish when they were introduced.

If any of you have experience with raising sturgeon and could
recommend some good books for me to read I am interested in obtaining some eyed eggs
to raise for the aquarium trade as a demonstration of how superior the
shovelnose is to the sterlet in almost all parameters as an aquarium fish. I only know
of one man who raises shovelnose sturgeons but he thinks he can't compete
with sterlets and won't even try or even sell me any shovelnose for that matter.
McKenzie Fish Company - Stacy, Minnesota / AQUACULTURE If any of you know me
you know the guy who runs this place and could put in a good word for me I
would appreciate it very much. I would surely love to establish the shovelnose
sturgeon into the aquarium trade, possibly even bred them for a smaller size. If
you can help me with any part of my project please contact me off list. I'm
not looking to make tons of money, just establish the shovelnose into the pet
trade in the USA. Believe it or not sturgeons are gaining in popularity in
Europe but mostly just the huge species. For some reason only the huge species of
North American Sturgeons are finding their way into American pet shops as
well. This is a European site Sturgeon-Web . The Lake, white and green sturgeon
seem to be turning up more and more even though their adult size is several
meters in length and no reasonable home aquarium can hold them in good health. I
truly believe that captive bred North American fish should be promoted as
aquarium fish but it will be a long slow process and it will take more people than
me to do it. if you disagree with North American fish for aquariums please
take notice of the first part of this letter. Sterlets are the Carp of the
sturgeon world.

Michael Hissom (AKA Moon)
Lower Cape Fear River, Waccamaw Lake and river system, and coastal salt water
and brackish water estuaries in the same location. (South Eastern North
I have access to the only natural Ocean Shore Rock out cropping in Coastal NC
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