Re: NANFA-- fish and educational aquariums
Sat, 4 Dec 1999 13:15:45 EST

In a message dated 12/4/99 12:56:42 PM Eastern Standard Time, writes:

If we're trying to teach the value of what's in their backyards, then why
try to come up with a list of favorites? To a kid in Ohio, the salt marshes
of the Gulf seem as far away as the Amazon.

I'm not sure that suggesting widespread use of flagfish, or red shiners, or
Pteronotropis in such a case will achieve our goal (as cool as they mey be).
I'd <much> rather see it kept to local stuff.
I think that non-local N. American fish might be able to be used in the
context of showing the diversity of NA icthyofauna as a possible supplement
to local fish displays. That said, I agree with your assessment that
appreciation of local fauna is of foremost importance and that begins with
displays of local fish. They should be the foremost choice wherever possible.

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