Wednesday, November 24, 2010

Freshwater Fish Christmas Ornaments and Other Gifts

Fish ornaments are popular as gifts for fishermen, holiday decorations, or everyday decorations. One of the most extensive collections of fish ornaments can be found at Fish-Fishing-Seafood store.

This niche online store offers fish ornaments in a variety of sizes and shapes. Shoppers can choose from pre-titled logos or select untitled versions and add their own custom text to create a one-of-a-kind fishing gift.

Maine State Record Rainbow Trout Caught on Halloween Day

Anders Olafson landed a new state record the rainbow trout on Oct. 31, 2010, while fishing on the Kennebec River. The fish was weighed 8.42 pounds. The previous state record was a 7 pound trout caught by Michael Thebarge on Lake George on Feb. 6, 2009.

Wednesday, October 20, 2010

Sanchez Reservoir Rusty Crayfish

Colorado Division of Wildlife has issued an emergency order prohibiting the transport of live crayfish from Sanchez Reservoir State Wildlife Area following the discovery of invasive rusty crayfish at the popular southern Colorado reservoir.

An aggressive and invasive fresh-water crustacean, the rusty crayfish (Orconectes rusticus) has large claws and out-competes native species for food and habitat. They can clear large areas of aquatic plants, reducing habitat for invertebrates and shelter for small fish. They have a higher metabolic rate and appetite than other crayfish species and attain higher population densities.

Anglers collecting crayfish must either return them to the reservoir alive or immediately kill the crayfish by separating the crayfish's tail from the body, or thorax. Even crayfish harvested for human consumption must be killed by separating the edible tail from the body before leaving the reservoir.

source: Colorado Division of Wildlife

Friday, October 15, 2010

What Are Mosquitofish?

Mosquitofish are tiny freshwater fish that are native to North America. These small fish closely resemble dime store guppies, and like many aquarium fish, mosquitofish bear their young live rather than lay eggs.

In Australia, these tiny insect eating fish are considered to be an invasive species.
Still they are popular among aquarists and are stocked in garden ponds. Their popularity is related to their ability to control mosquitoes, their beauty and hardy nature. They are also important as forage for larger species of freshwater fish such as green sunfish.