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Fun worth risking an ecosystem?

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#1 Guest_Nearctic_*

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Posted 01 August 2014 - 08:32 PM

Barramundi swimming around in Florida!

Osceola Outback is known world wide for the Barramundi fishing (dead link ) that we offer to our clients.

Why has Florida made this legal?


#2 Guest_Subrosa_*

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Posted 02 August 2014 - 04:10 AM

Because FL's ecosystems have already been so screwed up for so long that nobody alive can remember what's supposed to be there and what isn't.

#3 Guest_Mysteryman_*

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Posted 02 August 2014 - 11:36 AM

Yep, pretty much. "Tourism above all else" is Florida's unofficial motto, I think.
I guess they figured that after the Oscar and the Peacock bass, what's the harm in adding another major predator?
Honestly, I expect them to stock the canals with Snakeheads any day now, being such awesome sportfish.

South Florida fishing is very interesting, at least; I'll give them that. From Red Devils to Clown Knifefish, there's no telling what one may catch.

#4 littlen

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Posted 02 August 2014 - 12:02 PM

Snakehead sport fishing is already a thriving business down in southern FL. They have 2 or 3 species of Channa already thriving in the canals. As a matter of fact, the Northern Snakehead (Channa argus) continues to grow in the sports fishing industry in and around D.C.
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#5 Michael Wolfe

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Posted 02 August 2014 - 12:03 PM

This is not new... these fish were stocked in that pond (note that they call it "fishing the pit") in 2005 (according to a youtube video that was posted several years ago). The video almost makes it sound like they are aquaculturing these fish (talks about them being stocked and how they are aerating the pond, etc.),
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#6 Guest_Skipjack_*

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Posted 02 August 2014 - 12:09 PM

If the system is secure, and no issue with escape, I see little problem with it. Floods do happen though, and Florida would just have one more invasive to deal with. Ho hum.

#7 Guest_don212_*

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Posted 02 August 2014 - 09:46 PM

floods happen here all the time, outdoor pond aquaculture of exotic fish is the source of many invasives, the changes show that the fwc does not want to take their mandated responsibility for issuing or rejecting exotic aquaculture permits, really agriculture rules here and by calling themselves aquaculture they get a free pass

#8 Guest_Nearctic_*

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Posted 04 August 2014 - 09:42 PM

This is not new...

But this continues to be legal,
and the threat of escape still exists
unless they are prepared for a category 5 hurricane.

#9 Guest_fundulus_*

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Posted 05 August 2014 - 03:17 PM

We know that they're not prepared for a Cat. 5 hurricane, and the bottom line is they don't really give a poop otherwise they wouldn't be doing superstoopid things like that.

#10 Guest_don212_*

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Posted 06 August 2014 - 08:21 AM

actually escapes are typical,hurricanes are not necessary, our normal rains are torrential, if our soil was not porous we would be flooded throughout the rainy season

#11 Guest_Skipjack_*

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Posted 07 August 2014 - 06:59 PM

I think this is just a worn out topic. We will never see any reason as to why Florida allows these things, generally speaking. So the best we can hope for is good containment. These people are apparently abiding by state laws, so no problem. Right? It is the Florida legislators who are to blame.

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