Re: NANFA-- New to the group

Christopher Scharpf (
Wed, 06 Mar 2002 20:57:24 -0400

Hi, Jason. Welcome to the list. But please know that NANFA is more than just
a list. It's also a non-profit education and conservation organization. With
a quarterly journal. Two grant programs. A Breeders Award Program. And a
national convention. Which this year just happens to me in...Michigan! So
you've come to the right place if you're interested in natives.

You'll also benefit from the fact that Michigan has an active NANFA regional
chapter headed up by Leo Long and his co-conspirators Bob Muller and Jim
Graham. If they haven't contacted you off-list already, I'm sure they will.

> does anyone know the status of collecting non-native fish species in
> florida.

I'm no expert, but the last time I looked at Florida's regs, it is illegal
to possess or transport live Tilapia, Sarotherodon and Oreochromis. Also,
speckled peacock bass (Cichla temensis) and the butterfly peacock bass
(Cichla ocellaris) are stocked as game fish, which means that if they are
caught by other than rod and reel, they must be immediately released. Also,
possession of walking catfish (Clarias batrachus) is illegal without a
permit. (Killing them, I presume, is okay.)

I'm sure Florida's Fish & Game website will give you all the particulars.

> I look forward to learning more about out wonderful native species.

You can start -- shameless plug coming up -- by joining NANFA (if you
haven't done so already). It's only $20 a year. Download and print an
application here:

Best fishes,

Christopher Scharpf
editor, American Currents
and general all-around NANFA servant
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