Re: NANFA-L-- Niagara River gobies?

Mysteryman (
Mon, 04 Apr 2005 14:11:38 -0700 wrote:
> Dear Todd -
> I would suggest NOT transferring ANY exotic round gobies
> (Neogobius melanostomus) from the present waters they have invaded;
> regardless if they have been banned yet or not.
> We-in-SUNY Brockport are presently conducting an extenisve fish
> community analysis on the Tonawanda Creek watershed of western NY - a
> major trib system to the Niagara R., and initial sampling results have
> yielded an extenisve round gobie population present upstream to at
> least the RT 78 Bridge in Millersport. Since we are focusing on
> determining the status of rare fishes in this system, we suspect that
> exotics are a key factor in their decline.
> We have also tried to keep this species in aquaria-in-our college
> display tanks without success. All gobies died in a very short time
> while most other stream species did well. Basically - it appears this
> gobies species is very adaptable to our waters and will ultimately
> displace native sculpins and darter as they grow larger!
> If you don't want exotic fish to spread any faster than the next
> flood, pls keep them out of the aquarium trade.
> I have fwd'd your note to local fisheries managers in NYS for a formal
> answer to your Q.

Well, all that said, I for one would still love to get ahold of some.
They look really cute in the pictures. I can assure everyone that they
would never escape into my nearby waters.
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