Re: NANFA-- reducing exotic pops by fishing pressure
Sun, 24 Sep 2000 03:48:06 EDT

In a message dated 9/22/00 12:08:31 PM Eastern Daylight Time, writes:

<< You can not possess white perch in
Wisconsin because they are introduced to Lake Michigan. Why not instead
have a no bag limit, no size limit on them, but they must be transported on
ice ( dead) . Fishermen could catch tons of them, eat them , there by
removing them econimically from the system. How about replacing commercial
fishing for the impacted yellow perch with white perch? If white perch are
pelagic like white bass, then the yellow perch would not be harvested much
on accident with the white perch. Seems odd to me. >>

I would be interested in at least finding out the reasoning behind these
laws. It cetainly seems like your plan to eliminate exotic white perch or
significantly reduce their numbers through haevy fishing pressures would
work. It seems like the same thing could apply in the case of sea lampreys in
my state; I saw on this outdoors program that featured lampreys and mentioned
that they were exotic talked about putting lampricides in streams where they
spawn. this would also presumably kill native lamprey species. Since lampreys
are eaten a lot in Europe it seems like they could be instead harvested for
the market there. Or even though most people would probably be disgusted with
the idea of eating lampreys in this country, I think that if they were
marketed as an "exotic food" (maybe in some European-style restaurant of
some sort; or market it as "the food of kings", like that English king that
died from overeating them in a fit of gluttony) it would help reduce their
populations if fishing pressure was put on them; or at least there wouldn't
be the risk of native lampreys dying from the lampricides meant for exotic
sea lampreys. Even if there isn't a market for lampreys in this country right
now; I think that one could be created; there's always a number of people
willing to try new, exotic foods.

<< I also find it funny that it is alright to ( they even
have special stamps and such ) fish salmon that are stocked in the great
lakes etc. Any wonder why people like me hold the system in contempt on
many issues? >>

Yeah, any time I hear about salmon in the Great Lakes in an outdoor program
or magazine, they're always spoken of like they belonged there, or like there
was nothing wrong with exotic fish being stocked there. It sucks, and it's
one of the exotic fish issues that I foresee being a really big problem to
overcome. A lot of fishermen like having salmon in the Lakes that they can
catch; and would probably be hostile towards the idea of eliminating them
because they were exotic. I don't know that even after they heard all of the
reasons that these exotic fish are bad for the other game fish that they'd
listen. In this regard I definitely understand the contempt which you have
for the system, and feel the same way myself. They certainly didn't have the
Lakes' ecosystem in mind when they planted those salmon.

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