NANFA-- American Currents

R. W. Wolff (
Tue, 16 Dec 2003 12:06:01 -0600

I recieved my AC last week, and just finished reading it over breakfast
this morning. I have to make a correction though. In the section talking
about some new books, there is reference to a book on snakeheads. Added to
the end of this is a note that a snakehead was found in a Wisconsin pond.
This fish was actually caught in the Rock River, near the Illinois border.
The Rock is a large river, wrapping though south central Wisconsin, and
flowing into Illinois, eventually pouring into the Mississippi River at
Moline .

Illinois banned this fish in 2002. A flood of them showed up in border pet
stores. My theory is someone may have released it probably in the Rockford
area, and it swam up river to the point it was caught. I bring up Rockford,
since its a large metro area, and the possibility of fish keepers having
this fish is more likely there, than say in farm country. The reason I
this, is because these blanket , not thought out, bans can have negative
consquences. How many fish were quickly released upon hearing of the ban,
for fear of what might happen to the keeper? Obviously many considerate
aquarists brought the fish to pet stores in Wisconsin to wash their hands of
the fish.

I am interested in the book though, but wonder, is it more mass hysteria?
Does it take an honest look at the demonizing of a fish with snake in its
name? Is this fish really more of a threat than the thousands of other
species imported into this country for the pet trade? My thought is that it
is easy to run down a fish that looks like our own bowfin, which has a mass
following of those who would love to see it dissappear from any waters.

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