Re: NANFA-- Conservation Fisheries Inc
Thu, 21 Sep 2000 14:07:22 EDT

In a message dated 9/21/00 8:49:32 AM Eastern Daylight Time,

<< Last fall, the spring dried up, completely! We were called in by the
Conservancy to rescue the remaining topminnows before it completely dried
We got around 75 specimens and put them up in the CFI Bed and Breakfast over
winter. The spring refilled in the Spring and we returned the topminnows
then. The only good this is that in the process of drying up, so went the
Gambusia! Since there's a barrier on the pond, we're hoping that they won't
be back! So far, this year, they're still absent. The drought's really bad
this year, but, so far, the spring still has water. Many others in the area
are now dry! >>

That's cool. See; I knew that the spring dried up and you guys were
speculating that the gambusia might've died off finally, but I didn't know
what had happened since then. At least the gambusia seem to be gone.

<< So, our present task is: survey to make sure topminnows are indeed gone
most sites; look for suitable reintro sites (this is a good time to do it
because it's so dry. We need to know which ones are permanently watered); and
look for potential refugia sites....ones where Gambusia can be excluded. We
have a number of potential sites picked out. >>

That's what I was going to ask you about next; potential future refugia sites
for these fish. Thanks for taking the time to answer my questions and I look
forward to reading about future developments on this matter.

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