Re: NANFA-- A ban on keeping fish?
Wed, 19 May 2004 23:36:45 EDT

In a message dated 5/19/04 9:57:24 PM US Eastern Standard Time, writes:
This was always the result I feared from popularizing the native fish hobby.
have mentioned it many times. Most people feel that the available pool of
potential native hobbyists is, and always will be, too small to attract much
notice. I hope that this turns out to be the case.
Seriously, how popular are native fish as aquarium fish? How popular is
collecting? My Dad introduced me to aquariums and collecting native fish over 40
years ago. Except for this list, NANFA and NFC, I have only known or heard of
maybe 10 people here in central Indiana interested collecting native fish in
40 years (Vernon Parrish, Charlie Grimes, Ralph Plummer and a few of my Dad's
contemporaries) .

In all those years, only once has anyone ever seen me collecting and knew
what I was doing (list member Bill Flowers). I have never seen anyone else
collecting for an aquarium. Most people when I tell them what I am doing are
incredulous and a few think it is cool.

On the other hand, I can see if all of a sudden, say, darters became an "in
thing" I would want my DNR to be worried about over collecting. I think that
has already happened with some herps.

Chuck Church
Indianapolis, Indiana USA
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