Re: NANFA-L-- Niagara River gobies?

Derek Parr (
Tue, 05 Apr 2005 12:26:48 -0400

I'm new to this list as well as its subject matter, and I have to say that I'm not quite
ready to end this thread yet. It has been very interesting and raises several
interesting questions regarding this segment of the aquatic hobby. Please keep in mind
that the questions I ask do not denote any opinion of mine. These are things I don't
know... therefore I ask.

Regarding the arguement against catching and responsibly keeping the alien species the
round goby:
One arguement is that they may escape even though one may be responsible due to
life's general chaos. As illustrated by Dave's story about the idiot who released all
those reptiles despite being told not to. And we've probably all come across people
like that. But, with that in mind, are there not several varieties of fish and what not
commonly in the aquarium trade that are just as dangerous? We all know about Florida
and the Apple Snail as well as many other fish and aquatic plants they got infested
everywhere. And of course aquatic plants are a big problem all over the country.
Particularly with the popularity of ponds. So, assuming that there are several fish in
the commercial trade as dangerous (are there? I just assume there are), then is saying
that one must not touch the same as saying one must not keep any common aquarium fish?
if not, why not?

And of course since the laws are quite clear about this particular fish it makes this
question mute, but as a theoretical question regarding fish in general I'd be interested
in hearing more discussion and opinions on it.


-derek parr
central NC
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