Re: NANFA-- F W invertebrates as water quality indicators

D. Martin Moore (
Thu, 9 Dec 1999 13:44:49 -0600

Here's something I didn't know. A neighbor told me that he had
caught many catfish with a gullet full of mussels! Apparently the
cats just snarf 'em up, shell and all. I didn't think fishes ate mussels.

He also told me where he had caught great quantities of freshwater
shrimp and ghost shrimp. The freshwater shrimp he said looked just
like their marine counterparts. He was reminiscing about how the
streams and lakes in Pelahatchie have been destroyed over the last
30-50 years. "All this used to be swamp", he said, pointing to a
series of strip malls. "There used to be _fine_ duck hunting in there.
Wasn't even a road here 30 years ago." And "That lake used to
hold the finest white perch you ever saw. It used to be the largest
motor you could run was 5hp, or at the very most 5 and a half.
Then they decided to open it up to speedboats. That lake was built
over pine saplings, and it was shallow to begin with. When they
decided to let speedboats on it, they drained the lake and dredged
out all those stumps. Now there's no structure to hold the fish, and
the ones that are there can't bed because of all the mud churned
up by those prepellors." It was fascinating hearing him talk. He's
lived in this area for almost 70 years.



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"Fie on thee, fellow! Whence come these fishes?" - Scheherazade

"Any fish with good teeth is liable to use them." - Wm. T. Innes

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