Re: NANFA-- Non-Release Policy

Christopher Scharpf (
Wed, 17 Sep 2003 23:51:39 -0400

Cases of aquarium fishes spreading pathogens to wild fishes are rare, but
the threat exists. For example, introduced pathogens from goldfish and koi
now infect South Africa's temperate freshwater fish fauna. And Hawaii's 6
freshwater endemics are now hosts to 6 helminth parasites, a tapeworm, a
leech, and a roundworm -- all exotic. The primary vectors were aquarium
livebearers and gambusia.

As Mark says, it's best to err on the side of safety.

Chris Scharpf
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