Re: NANFA-L-- California Natives - They're All Threatened or

Jerry Baker (
Tue, 23 Aug 2005 14:55:32 -0700

J. C. wrote:
> Hi Jerry,
> I have been trying to catch/find a fish locally that
> is endangered. My reason is I want to raise them in
> aquaria for rerelease.

I am also interested in breeding the fish, but I think the idea of
re-releasing them would scare me half-to-death. What if I introduced
some genetic anomaly or parasite that wiped out the native fish where I
had introduced them? I would feel horrible beyond words. Sick is
probably a better term. I had thought about introducing them to streams
they had historically occupied, but have since been extirpated from. Of
course I wouldn't be comfortable doing that until I examined some of
these candidate streams more carefully to make sure they were suitable
habitat. On the other hand, here I am worried half to death about
introducing species to drainages in which they used to exist for fear of
some unforeseen variable, and there are people wantonly dumping bags of
goldfish and bass into these same places. It's scary stuff when it's
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