Re: NANFA-- "river rabbits"

Bruce Stallsmith (
Wed, 07 Mar 2001 23:49:08 -0500

The short answer as to why introduced predators are bad: Nile Perch (Lake
Victoria, Africa). For that matter, the effects of various _Micropterus_
bass species spread all over North America are still poorly understood.
There shouldn't be _any_ bass east of the Hudson River, and probably not
west of the 100th parallel. That genie is long since out of the bottle, of
course; just because _I_ think that bass fishing is mind-bendingly boring
don't mean squat.

--Bruce "Extreme Fishing" Stallsmith
Huntsville, AL, US of A
(yeah, largemouth bass is the state fish of Alabama!)

>From: "Edward Venn" <>
>Subject: Re: NANFA-- "river rabbits"
>Date: Thu, 08 Mar 2001 04:35:38 -0000
>True, many of your exotics are our natives. What I don't understand is why
>introducing predator fish such as bass or pickerel into the damaged
>ecosystem would not bring it back into balance. A large, native to the
>location, predator would quickly prey upon the eggs and young of the
>introduced fish and help right this situation. This has been demonstrated
>Australia where Murray Cod, Baramundi and Australian Arowana have
>successfully eliminated Grass Carp populations. Granted of course that the
>three fish I mentioned can get to 1-2 meters in length and are
>piscivores/carnivores that will not hesitate to take anything that comes
>their way.

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