divers and fish

Ursula Keuper-Bennett howzit at turtles.org
Sat Nov 3 09:20:05 EST 2001

At 11:55 AM 11/2/01 -0500, John McManus wrote:

>So, while the aquarium trade makes a great deal of sense as a source of
>livelihood in many cases, I think that the greatest danger lies in exotic
>introductions. I'm not sure of the solution, other than perhaps restricting
>fish distributions to within their natural range.

The aquarium hobby (like so many human endeavours) is very much about 
snobbery and status.  This can range from whose got the most expensive fish 
to whose got the most difficult to keep/breed.

That means hobbyists prefer the-grass-is-always-greener fish.

One thing I'd like to know is how many unsuccess stories are there for 
every competent, responsible marine hobbyist?   And how many fish/live 
corals die before one of THEM becomes competent.

And of course the hobbyist lobby groups and magazines mainly tout those 
experts in the rarified air of the hobby as examples of what is.

Best wishes,

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