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

Peter Unmack (peter.lists-in-)
Sat, 26 Aug 2006 13:42:56 -0500 (CDT)

On Sat, 26 Aug 2006, Mysteryman wrote:

> The first one is the risk posed to the pet industry & fish hobby itself.

I don't think that is a valid arguement. And this wouldn't be an issue if
the fish hobby was responsible in the first place. If the pet industry
was serious about caring about the environment then they would have done
something to educate people in the first place. As it currently stands
the pet industry is incredibly irresponsible. You'd think, given the
scale of the problem (invasive species), that they'd take some voluntary
action to help prevent the problem, rather than being part of the problem.
But they don't until government tells them too (and then they complain the
government is interfering!).

In todays day and age many companies/industries do better by being
greener. It's about time the pet industry got a little greener.

And on webpage/public information, what I've found is that if you put
something good online everyone copies it. If you look at this page, which
is ok, but not really that great, you'll find that pretty much all of the
other sites that discuss this issue have used the contents on this page
pretty much verbatum. If NANFA took this
example, and built in much better documentation and discussion it would
get widely used online. I'm sure the USGS folks would be happy to work
with us on making a better write up. All we need is someone to step up to
the plate and put some words on paper, or at least take our discussions
and create a summary of it all.

Peter Unmack
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