RE: NANFA-- Alternative Mosquito Fishes

Jay DeLong (
Mon, 10 Sep 2001 14:29:30 -0700

> So what's the solution? genetically engineered sunfish sound like a great
> solution, adult in 30 days and reproducing in another 10. Of course they
> would have to have voracious appetites and that can be accomplished by
> splicing in some F. gardeneri genes or similar killi genetic material.

Maybe they can wag their tails and fetch the paper, too.

> Failing that we have to educate the public about keeping and
> preserving NA
> native fish and their habitat or start spraying DDT or similar
> chemicals to keep the little bloodsuckers in check.

Are mosquitos really the problem here? I totally hate 'em and I adapt my
behavior to avoid them. From my observations it's pretty clear that the
mosquito "problem" is really a perception thing. Aren't we humans really
the issue here, such as our priorities on where to live and build homes?
(I'm not belittling the West Nile virus threat in any way, though.)

Jay DeLong
Olympia, WA
"If the biota, in the course of aeons, has built something we like but do
not understand, then who but a fool would discard seemingly useless parts?
To keep every cog and wheel is the first precaution of intelligent
~ Aldo Leopold (1953)

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