Re: NANFA-- Japan Going On Foreign Fish Hunt

Pete Liptrot (
Mon, 3 Mar 2003 20:33:57 -0000

> In 1998, the central prefecture of Shiga set a goal of catching 300 tons
> bluegills and black bass a year in Lake Biwa, Japan's largest lake, to
> halve the populations over 10 years. But the effort has fallen well short
> of that goal, in part because of opposition from fishermen.

Just for interest, there is an endemic species of Loach in Lake Biwa,
Cobitis biwaensis, which is under threat from these exotics.

It always makes me furious when people who claim to love the outdoor life
would be happy to see a species go extinct for their own selfish reasons.
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