Re: NANFA-L-- Old story, new twist?

Jerry Baker (
Mon, 15 May 2006 07:19:10 -0700 wrote:
> The other day I suggested that we consider introducing certain fish into our
> North American River systems, some exotic fish that are not only endangered
> in their natural habitat but in many cases their natural habitat it's self is
> indeed endangered. Now before every gets out their flame throwers hear me
> out. First of all I am not comparing these fish to accidental releases of fish
> who were doing quite well in their old habitat.

My argument against this is fairly simple:

The only way for a new species to survive in a foreign ecosystem is to
out-compete a species that is already present. I do not think degrading
the habitat of native fish that happen to be of plenty now is a wise way
of conserving alien fish which are threatened. Seems like you will just
be creating another potential threatened species.
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