Re: NANFA-L-- Old story, new twist? Old twist new story
Thu, 18 May 2006 10:44:26 EDT

In a message dated 5/15/2006 3:19:48 PM Eastern Daylight Time, writes:

What do you mean by "the Mississippi" and "the Amazon". You do realize that
most of the fish that come from "the Amazon" are actually from the
drainage, not the main river, right? And if you consider the entire Mississippi
drainage, there is incredible diversity. Also, remember the size of the
Mississippi drainage. Any fish released in the Mississippee drainage could wind up
in any tributary large enough to support it. Remember, Gambusia were
released with good intentions too.

The diversity of the Mississippi is pitiful compared to the Amazon and yes I
am talking about the tributaries as well. The disparity is much higher in the
amazon than the Mississippi as well. There really isn't any comparison
between the two rivers, the Mississippi is basically catfish, (and a small number
at that!) sunfish, suckers, minnows and trout. The only real disparity in the
Mississippi is sturgeon and paddle fish.

Michael Hissom
aurea mediocritas
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