Re: NANFA-- reducing exotic pops by fishing pressure

Bruce Stallsmith (
Sun, 24 Sep 2000 13:33:04 EDT

Brian, you correctly point out that Massachusetts has relatively few "game"
species of fish. There has been some research on the subject of what the
introduction of exotic predators has had on native fish communities. One
study looked for the presence and absence of native shiner species in lakes
around New England, relative to the presence of various basses. Not
surprisingly, there is evidence of local extirpations of many species as the
result of suddenly increased predation pressure. After saying all this I
can't remember the names of the researchers; Karsten Hartel at the MCZ at
Harvard has a freely-available poster summarizing their research taped on
the wall outside the Ichthylogy Collection. The work was supported by either
the EPA or FWS.

About 10 years ago I had a sad talk with a Mass. Environmental Police
officer along the North River in Marshfield (maybe Hanover?). He was
bemoaning the fact that repeated introductions of coho salmon had failed in
the North River, that this was what license holders really wanted. I
remarked that that was kinda stupid, since the ecology of the river basin is
utterly different from the Pacific northwest just to head the list. He
looked at me like I had pooped on his shoe and repeated that this was what
people wanted. That was the end of that conversation; I left thinking that I
would like a bag of $100 bills but the Commonwealth of Massachusetts
wouldn't come through on that one...

--Bruce Stallsmith
Huntsville, AL

>From: Brian Bastarache <>
>Subject: Re: NANFA-- reducing exotic pops by fishing pressure
>Date: Sun, 24 Sep 2000 10:55:06 -0400
>You mentioned the Great Lakes fishery for the introduced salmon, and how
>you find it contemptable. And I agree. If you don't like what's
>Massachusetts has a spin on this problem. Excepting the pumpkinseed, chain
>pickerel, yellow perch, brook trout, and Atlantic salmon all the other
>game fish are introduced! The rest of our native freshwater fish are
>little non-game species. There would be no game fishing without the
>"introducees". I wonder what affect all the introductions had on our lakes
>and ponds and rivers. There are largemouth bass in every pond in the
>We also need to remember that a large part of the budget of state wildlife
>agencies comes from the sales of hunting and fishing permits and from tax
>reembersements on the sale of hunting and fishing equipment
>(Pittman/Robertson & Dingle/Johnson Acts respectively). In Mass, these
>make up over 90% of the Division of Fish and Wildlife annual budget. They
>get nothing from the tax payers! (Relay that to the PETA trash!)
>So, in our imperfect world I guess we need to make compromises to pay for
>the work to protect our resources. Hopefully we make the right ones...
>Brian Bastarache
>New England Chapter
>Bristol County Natrual History Center/
>Bristol County Ag. School- Natural Resources Dept.

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