Fishonthebrain;1571019; said:Yeah yeah yeah... Ps get an undeserved bad wrap, yeah this is a stupid rule...
Not all species that are introduced are invasive. If the niche is unfilled, there is always the possibility for a transplant to enhance the local ecosystem. Now, more often than not introducing a new species does do some damage (anywhere from minor peripheral to disastrous), but it is just irresponsible and dishonest to leave the impression that any new species is the end of the natural world as we know it.Fishonthebrain;1571019; said:You know whats not stupid? The protection of floridas natural eco system...which will be disrupted by ANY introduced specie. Not just Ps and not because they're bad.
Get your head on straight people. Yes its bad Ps get a bad name. NOOOOOOO its not bad to protect NATURE... you know nature? Where all our wet pets came from in the first place?
I live in Fl and have personally seen peacock bass, oscars, and even goldfish just-a-swimin in our waterways...heck I have caught gibbiceps on a fishing line!
So either get over it or start telling your buddies to quit dumping there pets in the creek...
Snakeheads are, by far, some of the most invasive species around; I know, I have caught them right here in a river near where I live. That said, if you check with the wildlife experts even the dreaded snakehead (which Maryland actually poisoned its own rivers in an attempt to get rid of) is simply a minor nuisance, and really hasn't had any world-shaking impact on the local wildlife.
Now, I'm definitely not making a case for releasing captive exotics into the wild; quite the contrary. I just can't sit quietly while people develop a Salem-esque righteous fervor and provide a distorted perception of such an important issue.
Being rational and dispassionately assessing the evidence will always get you the best answer available. This situation is no different.