domingo, mayo 07, 2006

Stop Them Fishy Illegals

This is a call on all the patriotic fish of America.

We need a rapid response team, something you can call the Minutefish, to stop these illegal alien fish from taking over our God given streams, rivers and lakes of our beloved land of the free and home of the brave.

Here you have the urgent note published today:

Non-Native Fish Invade Western Streams

Robert Roy Britt
LiveScience Managing Editor
LiveScience.comSun May 7, 9:00 AM ET

A quarter of all fish in streams of 12 western states are non-native, according to the U.S. Geological Survey.

The aquatic invasion is widespread. Half of all streams in the West are home to non-native fish. Few habitat types are immune, and humans are largely to blame.

One of the most surprising conclusions in the new study: In streams that are among the most pristine, there are generally more non-native fish than native.

All habitats

"Non-native fishes were found across the landscape in all habitat types, though streams in forested areas were less likely to contain non-native fish," said Scott Bonar, a USGS researcher at the University of Arizona. "Our data suggest that no matter how pristine the habitat type, there exists a non-native species that can colonize it."

Other findings:

In about 11 percent of streams, all fish were non-native. Non-native fish were most common in streams of the interior states of Arizona, Colorado, Nevada, Utah, and Montana. In Colorado, two of every three fish are non-native (in North Dakota, only 1 in 12 is non-native).

The survey covered 400,000 miles of streams in Arizona, California, Colorado, Idaho, Montana, Nevada, North Dakota, Oregon, South Dakota, Utah, Washington and Wyoming.

Why it matters

Scientists with the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service say about 40 percent of all freshwater fish species in the country are at risk of extinction. Non-native fish can take over spawning grounds and crowd the natives out.

The invaders might not sound so foreign, however.

The most common non-native species include brook, brown, cutthroat and rainbow trout, as well as smallmouth and largemouth bass that were introduced here and there for sport. Other fish were added to streams on purpose to combat mosquitoes or to be food for larger fish.

The study, announced this week and published in the North American Journal of Fisheries Management in November, raises an unexpected possibility.

"Without deemphasizing the importance of landscape disturbance by humans, we concluded that non-native fishes pose an equivalent, if not greater, threat to native fishes than habitat degradation in western U.S. streams," Bonar said. "Consequently, attention to both habitat degradation and the non-native species problem is important to effectively restore streams of the American West."

Last week, federal officials announced that Fish and Wildlife, USGS, NOAA, state agencies, sport-fishing and conservation groups have partnered to work on fish habitat restoration plans. The idea is to protect healthy habitats and improve 90 percent of others by 2020.

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Remember, those new comers will never love the America that we love so much, they will never stand for our core values and the principles in which our Founding Fathers created this country were real American fish could live a dignified life, free of all oppresion and persecution.

Fish of America, we need you, we must protect our borders, including out watery ones.

Fish of America, stand up on your tail fins and defend the red, white and blue.

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