NANFA-L-- red shiner captive breeding/aquaculture
Thu, 22 Jun 2006 12:16:46 -0400

Dear all,

I am looking for information about commercial or recreational culturing
of red shiners (Cyprinella lutrensis) in support of a study on the
genetics of introduced populations in the southeastern United States.
Red shiners are often used as baitfish and occasionally sold in pet
stores (under various names...)- as such, cultures supporting commercial
outfits are possibly selecting for tolerant individuals or genetic
strains that are subsequently released into non-native systems. To
examine this hypothesis, I would like to compare the genetic variation
of captive bred red shiners to both native and introduced populations.

Should anyone know of outfits or individuals that are currently raising
red shiners for baitfish or commercial sale, please do send along any
relevant information so that I can possibly obtain specimens or tissue
samples for genetic analysis.

thanks kindly,


Michael J. Blum, Ph.D.
Molecular Ecology Research Branch
26 W. Martin Luther King Drive
Cincinnati, OH 45268
(513) 569-7043 (phone)
(513) 569-7115 (fax)
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