Re: NANFA-- Amia ova

Christopher Scharpf (
Sat, 11 Oct 2003 20:44:05 -0400

B.G. said:

> Paddlefish are protected for infinity due to the wholesale slaughter of them
> strictly for their roe. Their guts were sliced open and even the males met the
> same fate as the females who may or may not have contained eggs and the
> carcasses were unceremoniously tossed overboard as pure waste!

A few years back, Casper and I visited the home of Ed "Sculpin Kabob" Scott
in Knoxville. Ed showed us video shot undercover by the USFWS of one of
these paddlefish poaching rings. It was pretty disturbing to see these fish
pulled from the water, their guts sliced open, and then thrown back into the
water to die.

> These two events immediately ensued due to the collapse of the sturgeon
> fisheries and the failure of the USSR, if I have my facts correct.

Yep! There's a whole book out about it now, called CAVIAR AND CONSERVATION,
which you can download for free:

Chris Scharpf
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