Re: NANFA-L-- (Re-focus) Releasing native fish back to the wild

Becky Kendell (
Fri, 25 Aug 2006 20:59:56 -0700 (PDT)

Timothy McCowan <> wrote:
<<....we could get these
retailers to post a brief info sign about the dangers of pet release.>>

Good idea, but also, what about fishermen? They put non-native species (and along with them diseases) into lakes by using non-native bait. Like, around here, the rusty crayfish and goldfish. Fishermen, if not for any other reason, care about lake health because they wouldn't want the numbers of game fish to decline. I don't know about other states, but here there are signs stating to wash your boat when you leave, and remove any snails, mussels, or plants on it before you leave so that they are not taken to the next body of water you might take your boat. If the state is that concerned about the aquatic ecosystems, why don't they also post not to release pet animals or use non-native bait? At least some more people would see it, which is better than none. For at least some people, it would only take that sign for them to re-think what they're doing.

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