RE: a bit off topic Re: NANFA-- position on educational collectin

Denkhaus, Robert (DenkhaR_at_Ci.Fort-Worth.TX.US)
Wed, 29 Aug 2001 16:33:46 -0500

Tony said:
> Maybe not. Sometimes it depends on how good-looking the wild fish is
> and how is it represented. Many strains of killie species are kept
> and bred so that they look as close to the original as possible and
> there seems to be some "ethics" for people to keep them to do so. For
> example: sure, there will be many variants of longear cultivars [eg.
> super red, turquoise, longtail, etc.] but in this case I believe
> stuffs like eg. [fictional] "Kansas", "Alabama", "Ozark", "Tennessee",
> etc. "wild" strain that will be quite close to the original will also
> be kept and bred that way. They will be preserved either by their own
> unique beauty, ethics, or maybe some smart guys can create the demand
> for these wild-form cultivars [like some killies, discus, or Siamese
> tigerfish] such as one may be more colorful or larger or have some
> unique color pattern on the body.

The operative word is your first one, Tony...maybe. I am just afraid that
like everything else that becomes commercialized we will see intentional
breeding for various mutations. It can even be found in the ostrich raising
industry where attempts were made in Indiana to breed "dwarf" ostriches to
appeal to those who wanted to keep one in their backyards!!! I can see
someone developing dwarf muskies for the aquarium trade as well as all of
the possible color morphs. Would those fish be considered natives? No!!!
Would those individuals who kept such mutants know anything about the truly
natural world? I don't think most would!! I do agree that ethics are
important in preventing this from happening but I don't think that we can
rely on the ethics of the many to assure the few don't screw things up.

Rob Denkhaus

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