RE: NANFA-- Freshwater Crab found in Nevada

Jay DeLong (
Sun, 20 Aug 2000 21:30:03 -0700

Richard, I agree with all you're saying. Agencies that would regulate
hobbyists and collectors should first look inwards at their own actions.
It's frustrating when good science or simple environmental logic is ignored,
or disappears in politics. Why is it that to build a bridge over a creek
you have to complete an environmental impact statement, but, outside of a
few cases, a state agency can transfer any animal they want and ignore the
environmental impact in favor of some perceived economic impact? No answer
sought, just venting...

Jay DeLong
Olympia, WA

> -----Original Message----- > From: On Behalf > Of > Sent: Saturday, August 19, 2000 11:20 PM > To: > Subject: Re: NANFA-- Freshwater Crab found in Nevada > > > In a message dated 8/19/00 3:22:36 PM Eastern Daylight Time, > writes: > > << the aquarium industry has been unregulated for the > longest time, and there are established populations of exotic > animals that > certainly came from unwise aquarium releases. The reality is that we're > just now seeing the onset of a national effort to deal with exotic plants > and animals, and as long as aquarists say "Leave me and my animals and my > rights alone" they'll be viewed as part of the problem. >> > > I don't necessarily think that every exotic fish including currently > problematic invasive species should be made available no matter > what, but I > don't want to see the legislative pendulum swing to far in the other > direction either, with the result that fish keeping for aquarists > is severely > restricted. I think that for instance in areas like Florida where > swamp eels > are causing problems they should be banned because they will take > over the > Everglades and cause extinctions and extirpations in that area. Predators > like gators may prey on them but in the meantime they will > probably prey on > the smaller native fishes and out-compete other predatory fish in > the area. I > think that cases like this where the situation with an > introduction is really > bad that something has to be done. But I don't think that the governments > should start getting heavy-handed and banning the keeping of fish in an > aquarium in areas where those particular fish species are not hurting > anything or are likely to hurt anything. > > <<The President just > <<signed the National Invasive Species Act. There's going to be > lots of money > <<sent to the states to address this issue. > > Too bad the Act hasn't been expanded to include intentionally > stocked exotic > sport fishes. Still, it's a start. I like that they're going to put some > emphasis on keeping invasive species from entering the Mississippi River > (especially those damn round gobies). This is an area of great > biodiversity > that would really be threatened by invasives and with its > tributaries spans a large part of the U.S.

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