10-02-2014, 11:31 AM
Join Date: Sep 2014
| | Re: Issues with local collection
Seeing this is an old thread I hope that this can be rejuvenated.
I agree that collecting takes both common sense and, sensitivity. Also, the many points having been made regarding collection from protected/public premises is very valid. I collect from my family's private property and other private property with permission from the landholder. I live in rural MS and, with our economy being one of the weakest in the US, many landowners indiscriminately convert virgin ecosystems to agricultural land for a measly price. Is this worth the loss of both plant and animal species? Not in my opinion.
Many of the local water systems around me used to be full of a diverse range of plants, fishes and, reptiles. Now I find only a few species of each in a given ecosystem. Now, obviously this isn't from collection, rather land development. Thankfully, my family has owned the land we live on for almost two hundred years and, we have never allowed any commercial activity of any kind(go gramps!). Luckily in my "backyard" we still have very pristine ecosystems available for me to collect from. I do not feel that MY individual collection adversely affects even this small range of habitats considering I snag a few stems of this or, that every few weeks and, I never collect wildlife for keeps besides G. affinis, and sunfish species, prolific species with a rapid population re-doubling rate. I believe as aquariasts we should be conscientious of what and, where we collect from - whether it's from private land or, a LFS. As many have said everything was collected somewhere at some point along the way.