Re: trash fish (was: Re: NANFA-- willows and maybe cattails)

R. W. Wolff (
Thu, 9 Jan 2003 12:55:19 -0600

> You sure that wasn't a Dr. Suess book?

That was the Idea =).

> A few years back someone on this list was talking about compiling a native
> fish cookbook. Something like that would help get rid of the negative
> "trash fish". I think the term originated from resource management
> agencies as a way to classify fish based on some sort of sport or food
> value, but it's sure outdated and ignorant.

I agree, In-Fisherman magazine is one of the few major publications
promoting any of these so called less desirable fish as atleast sport. I
believe raising the publics awareness on these fish is the first step to
getting the general public more interested in "bait and forage fish" . When
more people realize all the fish in a given body of water are important
components of the system, more people be willing to care what happens to
them. Nothing saddens me more than to see a bowfin dried on the bank , or
floating along the shore with its belly slit open. They were here before any
of the game fish came along, and if bowfin are so bad, how could any of the
other species have made a go of it?

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