Re: NANFA-- peacock bass

Shireen Gonzaga (
Mon, 20 Dec 1999 01:31:00 -0500

Jay DeLong wrote:
> You cannot build a
> bridge over a river without completing an environmental
> impact statement or going through some permitting process,
> but you can destroy a river's ecology in the name of sport
> enhancement or fishery "improvement" (introduced
> species, rotenone and other poisons, etc).

And it will keep on happening because the
fishing lobby is organized and has a real
voice. An entire industry has been built
around it. $$$

Who speaks for the native fish? A few little
people who aren't getting heard. There's no
organization that represents their interest,
that is willing to take on an activist role
and *do* something. That takes real leadership,
political savvy, and of course $$$.

Many people say education is the only solution.
That's debatable.

James Carlton, an expert in the introduction
of non-indigenous species, once described the
consequences of these introductions quite
succinctly : a homogenized world.

- shireen

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