Re: NANFA-- Paddlefish?
Tue, 6 Apr 2004 12:14:21 EDT

In a message dated 4/6/04 11:42:02 AM Eastern Daylight Time, writes:

> Are paddlefish endangered? I have a book that says it is "common" and
> that says it is "rare." Can you really keep paddlefish in captivity? The
> Jurassic Fishes book only has a photo.
Over much of their original range they are extinct or exceedingly rare but in
some places they are very common. As long as they are captive bred I don't
worry too much about this issue. 90% of the young are used to restock back into
their original range so a few diverted to enthusiastic hobbyists does no harm
and probably actually makes the hobbyists more likely to support their
repatriation into their former range. At the very least they create revenue that can
then be used to breed more of them. Private hatcheries have to make money. I
breed blue spotted sunfish and even at my small scale I need to buy special
foods, supplies, breeder fish or gas to go out and catch them. So as long as the
fish are captive bred I don't have a problem with keeping them as pets. if I
get some paddle fish I'll probably donate them to a public aquarium after they
get too large if I don't have a dedicated pond to put them in.

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