Re: NANFA-- blue pike

Jeffrey Fullerton (
Wed, 24 Jan 2001 16:10:00 -0500

> maybe I was reacting to large amounts of resources being invested in an
> attempted species rescue of "charismatic megafauna". Many species like the
> Barrens Topminnow, Fundulus julisia, or the Slackwater Darter, Etheostoma
> boschungi, still exist patchily but receive little in active protection
Some of these species , notably the Barren's Topminnow- actually a form
of Studfish exist in very limited - self-contained habitats which would
make them within the means of aquarium hobbiyists to propagate. Such an
approach could be undertaken at a fraction of the cost of the
conventional approach that USFWS takes to save a species. All the
hardware and enthusiasm provided by private individuals and the agencies
acting as coordinators.

If state and federal wildlife agencies were willing to trust ordinary
people we could forge an effective partnership that save more species -
at least a good many of the 'non-charismatic' ones that don't require
lots of space.

If everyone can get past their hangups and be willing to trust and work
together then everyone will win.


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