Posted: Thu Oct 27, 2011 2:35 pm Post subject: Collecting Native Indian Fish - A warning
We are all aware that many of us keep native Indian fish. Moreover we all enjoy collecting native fish for our hobby. This may be a cause of concern in the near future.
Recently a paper published in an online Journal, documented the use of over thousand individuals of Puntius denisonii (an endangered fish) for study. This study caused huge uproar, as this paper brought to light the number of P. denisonii reaching trade.
Now this has made the conservation societies and government agencies press for a ban on collecting fish species of western ghat (and other sensitive areas). In this regard online forums and published material are being raked to trace the mode of collection and people involved.
In the preliminary discussions, IAH and Seriously fish have been used by scientist and conservation activist to point out hobbyist collecting fish. We all know that we do not collect more than what we keep and never on a commercial basis but this does not make us 'un-guilty'.....
As I am quite familiar amoung the scientific community, it was pointed out that friends of 'marc' collected fish from western ghats. Because you all are indeed my friends, I felt the need to drop a word of caution.
Please do not collect fish from sensitive areas. After all we do not want to have any black mark on ourselves, cause we are responsible hobbyist.........aren't we ??
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Posted: Thu Oct 27, 2011 3:05 pm Post subject: Re: Collecting Native Indian Fish - A warning
no the number of hobbyists collecting will create the problem,if a single hobbyist collects 4 fishes and 400 want to collect, then its a big problem
as a hobbyist even i was fond of free fish in my aquarium , but when i was a amature -still iam iam in keeping fishes i found it hard to keep them alive even for a week ,
so its better to stop encouragement for collecting fish which r spectacular from rivers, its just so wrong ,one has to be an expert or a certified biologist to do collections and also one has to publish for why he collected them for ,
mere entertainment or show off
is the most aspects of collection, many of them, it has to be done by fish breeders and breed them to give others enjoy them
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