Join Date: Jan 2012
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Re: Releasing fish in the wild
I take the view that any fish in captivity is really dead. It has been captured by a predator that keeps it alive, and often treats it well. But as far as the millions of years that got it here, and its place in the delicate web of life in its habitat, it is as good as dead. Just as much as its brothers and sisters that fall prey to other fish, birds, turtles, etc, it is out of there, and a fish out of "there" is a sort of zombie fish.
There are a few technically extinct fishes (I have several here) that only live on in aquariums, and they might someday be returned to their own habitat. This would have to be after ecological studies by reputable scientific bodies. Outside of an organized project like that, there is nothing more irresponsible a hobbyist can do than release a fish into the wild.