Re: NANFA-L-- Re: Chinese Sturgeon on AquaBid
Fri, 12 May 2006 13:40:59 EDT

The endangered sturgeon on aquabid bothered me mainly because of offering a
fish that in no way could be kept reasonable healthy in any normal home
aquarium. Not to mention it's endangered status in the wild. I have been offered
many fingerlings of captive breed giant sturgeon and I have turned them all
down because I knew I would condemning them to an early and cruel death. The
only native sturgeon I feel comfortable keeping would be the shovelnose
sturgeon, Scaphirhynchus platorynchus, the other smaller sturgeon are far too
endangered and not bred in captivity. If they were bred in captivity I would be
thrilled to have a few to keep. I had hoped one day to actually manage to breed
sturgeon in captivity but now days that is far beyond my financial capability.
Sadly the region that Pseudoscaphirhynchus kaufmanni and
Pseudoscaphirhynchus hermanni live in seem to have no interest in saving these unique fishes,
The Chinese paddle fish is another unique fish that is doomed, it is sad beyond
belief that these fish along with other fish that are endangered by human
activity cannot be saved. I still say that introduction of-in-least some of
these fish into American waters could be the answer. I know now I am going to be
flamed by everyone on the list but we have had so many exotics introduced
for often reasons that were weak to say the least I don't think that risking
the introduction of some of these endangered sturgeon would be harmful as big
headed carp, peacock bass, flathead catfish, or many of the others who were
introduced for far less noble reasons. At least if we were wrong it would be
for the right reasons not so an angler could catch an odd fish or get knocked
out of his boat by a huge carp.

Michael Hissom
aurea mediocritas
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