Re: NANFA--Minnow Trap Advice

Mon, 29 Jan 2001 10:05:02 -0600

But that's my point. Who decides that they are in great abundance? Just
beacuse you find a bunch of them when you dip a net or toss a trap does not
mean they are in abundance. They could still be in peril. As we saw on
another post about a sucker, being in abundance one day does not mean you
will be in abundance tomorrow. Maybe if we hadn't harvested the Sucker, in
the great numbers we did, they would have been better able to react to
other changes.

I simply do not understand the use of "wild-caught" fish, when feeders and
bait are easy and cheap. If someone can't afford to spend $2 on a dozen
feeders or bait minnows, then they should not keep fish, that need live
food, or go "live-bait" fishing.


In a message dated 1/26/01 1:55:26 PM Eastern Standard Time,
Ty_Hall_at_eFunds.Com writes:

<< This kind of picks at a question I have had. I have seen several letters
that imply (or outright state) that people are catching wild native fish
for the sole purpose of feeding them to their captive fish. I don't know
that I like this idea. There are plenty of places to buy feeder fish that
are inexpensive and you can even grow your own. How do the rest of you
about this practice? I mean on one hand we are working to restore fishes
and on the other we have people taking them out for feeders. Seems
contradictory to me.


As long as they are catching fish that are in great abundance I don't see a
problem. No worse than catching minnows for bait.


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