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This Website tackles an important, albeit controversial, tool in fisheries research and management: the use of rotenone, a commonly used chemical piscicide that effectively eradicates all fish in a treated body of water. While piscicide use raises eyebrows from the animal rights community (and others), alternatives are not so obvious. Given the once widespread practice of introducing exotic fish into lakes and streams across the globe (to improve fishing), the first step in restoring these manipulated systems often requires the complete removal of exotic fish, if any approximation of a natural balance is to be recovered. This Website tackles some of the issues associated with the use of rotenone and offers a manual on rotenone use in fisheries management, abstracts from a symposium on the pros and cons of rotenone, a list of experts (and contact information), a discussion forum, and a collection of related links. Provided by the American Fisheries Society, the Website comes from a fisheries perspective but attempts to include other views, as well.
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