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Marcos Avila
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PostPosted: 2009.11.05(Thu)8:27    Post subject: Consequences of Irresponsible Fishkeeping Reply with quote

Here's yet another sad example of the damage that we, as fishkeepers, can do when we practice the hobby irresponsibly:

Invasive Lionfish Threatening the Caribbean (Video)

In summary, Pacific Ocean Lionfish released into the Caribbean by hobbyists who no longer wanted then in their tanks are now seriously impacting the local fauna, which don't recognize them as predators. The happy lionfish are feasting and reproducing at an astonishing rate...
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PostPosted: 2009.11.05(Thu)8:49    Post subject: Reply with quote

Sounds like I need to do more salt water fishing. If I catch something that's non native I always kill it even if I can't eat it. I have caught and killed at least 3 plecos and caught and eaten 1,000's of Mayan cichlids, the Mayans are quite tasty. Florida is so overrun with non native fish its sad. Hence my kill on site policy.
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PostPosted: 2010.05.30(Sun)0:48    Post subject: Reply with quote

I'm fine with eating but killing em for no good reason? Just because there are too many of them? That sounds like a genocide to me Razz

Fern wrote:
Sounds like I need to do more salt water fishing. If I catch something that's non native I always kill it even if I can't eat it. I have caught and killed at least 3 plecos and caught and eaten 1,000's of Mayan cichlids, the Mayans are quite tasty. Florida is so overrun with non native fish its sad. Hence my kill on site policy.
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Marcos Avila
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PostPosted: 2010.05.30(Sun)12:57    Post subject: Reply with quote

elenazaaba wrote:
I'm fine with eating but killing em for no good reason? Just because there are too many of them? That sounds like a genocide to me Razz

No good reason? Genocide is pretty much exactly what the lionfish themselves are doing to all of the local species...
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PostPosted: 2010.05.30(Sun)13:29    Post subject: Reply with quote

elenazaaba wrote:
I'm fine with eating but killing em for no good reason? Just because there are too many of them? That sounds like a genocide to me Razz


He did say non-native species, which in itself is a good reason. Ever hear of zebra mussels?

*Edited to fix spelling Rolling Eyes *


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PostPosted: 2010.05.30(Sun)22:34    Post subject: Reply with quote

Creatures in any tank do not get a choice. As responsible Hobbyists we determine who lives or dies and how well. The irresponsibility comes in when someone tries to slough their responsibility off on someone else. Putting an exotic creature into a new system is extremely irresponsible and can lead to environmental disasters. Not disposing of, properly, an unwanted pet is very bad. There is no punishment for this and killing of non domestic species is sound although it is similar to spitting in the wind, if you will excuse the expression.
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elenazaaba
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PostPosted: 2010.05.30(Sun)23:50    Post subject: Reply with quote

I'd say, catch them and turn them into some crackers or fishfood or something, rather than just killing them and let them rot

Marcos Avila wrote:
elenazaaba wrote:
I'm fine with eating but killing em for no good reason? Just because there are too many of them? That sounds like a genocide to me Razz

No good reason? Genocide is pretty much exactly what the lionfish themselves are doing to all of the local species...
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elenazaaba
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PostPosted: 2010.05.30(Sun)23:54    Post subject: Reply with quote

Send them to my country, they are gorgeous! And they are expensive here.

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elenazaaba wrote:
I'm fine with eating but killing em for no good reason? Just because there are too many of them? That sounds like a genocide to me Razz


He did say non-native species, which in itself is a good reason. Ever here of zebra mussels?
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PostPosted: 2010.05.31(Mon)7:11    Post subject: Reply with quote

What to us that which is common is an exotic somewhere else.


Why are native fish looked down on?
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PostPosted: 2010.06.15(Tue)14:05    Post subject: Reply with quote

Cliff Mayes wrote:
What to us that which is common is an exotic somewhere else.


Why are native fish looked down on?


amen to that..
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