Saturday, April 23, 2005
Not so Well-Received
The San Francisco Chronicle has this glowing review of the rainbow trout (Oncorhynchus mykiss), a Pacific coast native that has been introduced around the world. Oakland's Friends of Sausal Creek apparently feels proud of this, noting that the fish has been "well-received" and "That's pretty cool to see one East Bay treasure's gone global." I'm not sure the U.S. Department of State or
Japan would agree.
I used to think that only the uninformed thought this way. Lately I have been finding more and more 'informed ' people with roughly the same ideas. Yesterday I came across a growing group of anglers. They call themselves the Carp Anglers Group. www.carpanglersgroup.com . While I was scanning their web forum I came across many posts talking about their carp stocking projects. This group apparently has no problems introducing carp into public(their word) waters. There was some talk of legality, but not much.
Apparently there are many anglers enamored with the carp. I cannot speak authoritatively about the advantage of fishing for one species over another. But it is good to know that while there are some irresponsible fishermen, there are also anglers very much concerned with the problems associated with the stocking of non-native fish...see this ISW post for example. Hopefully some of the carp fans feel this way too.
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