RE: NANFA-L-- Releasing native fish back to the wild -- EVER

Crail, Todd (tcrail-in-UTNet.UToledo.Edu)
Thu, 24 Aug 2006 09:04:07 -0400

You can go to ANY DNR boat launch and find extremely sick fish, and not just
non-game. Areas adjacent to dams and along piers where people are fishing
frequently, same story. It may not run system wide, but it's there. Is it
due to petroleum contamination? I don't know. Has it been tested in an
experimental design? I don't know. Are bait dumps to blame? Probably, but I
don't know. What I know is, you can _always_ find sick animals at these
sites, independent of temp etc.

And I would say there's a strong argument for a "founder effect" in a disease
sense, much akin to when someone at work shows up with a cold and everyone
goes "You better not give that to me", as if the sick person could do much
else about YOUR immune system other than stay at home.

If you've cross contaminated your natives with exotic fish from the pet trade
(nets, food dishes, aquariums that weren't sterilized), well shame shame shame
if you dump them. You don't even have an argument of symantics at that point.
Which is mostly what this is about... Symantics.

Do what you feel is right, you guys are adults. If you're doing that... it
won't matter if someone else issues a blanket statement about what you're
doing. The blanket statement should be compelling in it's own regard, if it's
truth. If not... Well, it's not compelling ;)

Maumee! Mud! Madness! Toledo, OH
It's never too late to have a happy childhood.


From: on behalf of Irate Mormon

I am wondering, with all this bait dumping and stuff going on, why
disease doesn't run rampant in our waters?
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