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Started by Woolly Bugger, August 20, 2022, 09:21:30 AM
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Quote from: Onslow on November 29, 2022, 18:30:18 PMThere is a huge different between an alien/introduced species, and an invasive species. All alien species are like getting new neighbors. Some neighbors are horrible, and some are just fine. Rainbow trout at the east coast are horrible. Brook trout out west are horrible. Brown trout are problematic, but they are quite neighborly at Stone Mt. park. The brookies can hold their own there. Temps are what determine their fate. It is best to only introduce species that are somewhat local. Stocking smallmouth in the James or Yadkin is not horrible. They exist in adjacent watersheds. Details such as this matter. I know of many streams that have introduced fish that are not assholes like Alabama bass. The smallmouth in the Uwharrie and Little, Rocky River (Pee Dee watershed) are not invasive, neither are the Roanoke bass stocked in the Deep, Uwharrie, and Little. They occupy a very limited space. The stocking of Kentucky Spots in Avents, Parkers, and Little River (Cape Fear watershed) was boneheaded. There was already a full established population of largemouth. The Cape Fear is also the most nutrient poor watershed in NC. Now, 90 percent of the black bass in the Cape fear are small Kentucky Spots. Make no mistake, Kentucky spots are INVASIVE and so are Alabama bass. The fear of these two species is not arbitrary or irrational.
Quote from: Mudwall Gatewood 3.0 on November 30, 2022, 10:11:47 AMTarheels, please inform: I thought the Cape Fear watershed was very eutrophic, nutrient rich, not nutrient poor. Has NC cleaned it up?
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