Re: NANFA-- Why it's tougher out west...
Sun, 19 Sep 1999 22:52:36 -0700 (MST)

On Sun, 19 Sep 1999, R.W.Wolff wrote:

> This is the exact reason we need atleast a few of these aquarist to be able
> to obtain the species and propagate them for the aquarium trade. If more
> people could see and appreciate these wonderful fish, It'd have a big
> impact on who spoke up when the time came to "pave over a spring hole or
> stream, or fill a marsh".

While I agree with the second part I disagree with the first in part. The
greatest problem is not aquarists taking fish from the wild, it's them putting
them back. Many of them think they know best with out really understanding
some of the ecological complexities involved.

As for Jay's point, I'm not aware of any fish that have been brought to
extinction by over collection.

Peter J Unmack
DESERT FISHES RULE: To boldly thrive where no other fish can make it!

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