NANFA-- A preview of things to come

D. Martin Moore (
Wed, 26 Apr 2000 18:40:10 -0700

Hi gang,

A couple of weeks ago I was doing follow-up visits to some of the
convention speakers Jan Hoover had contacted. Charles Knight, the
Director of Research here at the Museum of Natural Science, told
me he would really enjoy talking about his work on alligator gar. It
seems the range of this fish within the state has been shrinking.
When I asked him what he thought was behind this trend, his
answer surprised me. Aside from the usual factors (habitat
degradation and pollution), he said that there have been active
efforts to remove "rough" fish from the public's beloved fishing
waters! To wit, gar rodeos have been sponsored by the MS
Department of Fish and Wildlife with this goal in mind. If you want
to hear more, be in Jackson this August :-)

First they give us damnbusia - then they want to kill the nongame
fish which presumably "compete" with sport anglers. What next?


"Cry to it, nuncle. as the cockney did to the eels when she put
'em i' the paste alive; she knapped 'em o' the coxcombs with a
stick, and cried 'Down wantons, down!'"

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