Rather than euthanize an unwanted Koi or goldfish, or even finding a friend to give it to, some Koi and goldfish owners will release unwanted fish into the wild, and hope that they will have a good life... This is HORRIBLE for lots of reasons! Please share this article with your club and anyone you know that keeps Koi or goldfish! While this article was written in Australia, it applies EVERYWHERE! Read the article by clicking on the picture or title...
In the ongoing saga of trying to control invasive species in Australia, there has been much controvercy about the government's intention to release KHV to control carp. There is more info about the planned release in this blog, and on the internet. Read the arguments against releasing KHV from one Koi keeper by clicking on the title or picture...
We always talk about our Koi ponds as ecosystems, where our Koi live in harmony with their environment. In our home ponds, we are trying to reproduce the natural conditions that Koi have evolved for. But what if you could keep fish and plants on a much smaller scale than a pond? OK - I know this article isn't about Koi, but it is about a miniature ecosystem that has survived for over 25 years! I was fascinated, and hope you enjoy this article as much as we here at K.O.I. did! Read it by clicking on the title or picture...
You can get the link to the paper by clicking on the title or picture above. Meanwhile, here's what the Fish Vet -Dr. Richmond Loh - had to say about it:
"The first paragraph is filled with assumptions about carp being a major cause of (rather than carp being a symptom of) aquatic ecosystem damage.
Here it also states that once KHV is released, there will be continued release of more devastating viruses, to kill fish that develop natural immunity.
But what I find most disconcerting is that it says, “the release of CyHV-3 undoubtedly represents a unique and exciting natural experiment…”
Would it be okay for me to say that I’m not in the least bit excited?"
Koi have many adaptations that allow them to survive not just in ponds, but also in wild areas where people don't want them! What is a nuisance to Tasmania provides excellent insight as to why Koi Keeping should be so easy! And also why Koi should NEVER be released into the wild! Read the article by clicking on the picture or title.
!If you're not havin' FUN, you're not doin' it right