Blog :: 06-2013

Exotic Wildlife and Plants - OK to Enjoy, but Be Responsible!

The  popularity of having exotic plants and animals as pets is a trend that can potentially  put our native fish and wildlife habitats at risk. It is important for the  public to be aware that invasive fish and wildlife can disrupt the local  ecology and can out-compete native species. They should never be released.           Almost everyone  has found enjoyment in stopping to view a water garden or an aquarium at a  local restaurant or spa. There are local contractors that will come to your  home and install a peaceful, cascading waterfall that includes a pond liner,  pump and filter assembly. Many home improvement stores have ready-made kits for  you to install on your own.  These water  gardens add a very relaxing and aesthetically pleasing landscaping touch to a  home or business. We have a lovely "Planting for Wildlife"  habitat/pond area at the entrance to the Fish and Game Department in  Concord.  It's important to note that our  water garden does not include any invasive fish (in fact there are no fish at  all in it) or invasive plants.           When you add  fish to water gardens, it's another story that can go like this: It's summer;  the temperatures are hot and all seems wonderful. But in a few months, the  temperature will be falling.  What will  people who have added fish to their water gardens do with these fish when the  season changes?  I hope they are planning  ahead and have an environmentally safe plan for holding those exotic fish and  plants through the winter?  In many  cases, not having a plan or the logistics to store these fish appropriately  leads to a problem.  Understandably,  people become emotionally attached to these "pets."  If they cannot find alternatives to maintain  them, euthanization is unthinkable.  Many  times, these fish are released into local fire ponds at housing developments or  city parks.  Or worse, into local ponds  and streams!  This irresponsible action  can have devastating results, because some of these exotic fish or ornamental  plants and animals that people enjoy looking at in their aquariums or water  gardens have become aquatic nuisance species problems, disrupting the native  plant and animal communities. Invasive wildlife can disrupt the local ecology  and can out-compete native species due to higher tolerance to poor water  quality and/or high reproductive rates.         Another  scenario: Most families I know have at some point enjoyed an aquarium for pet  fish.  It is easy to understand the  popularity of this practice, because of the peace, tranquility and relaxation  that they provide. Many parents use aquarium fish to teach their children the  responsibility of pet ownership prior to purchasing a dog or cat. But what  happens to these exotic fish when once-responsible owners, with good  intentions, no longer have the interest in caring for them?  When circumstances change and someone is  forced to move to a new location where having these pets is not an option,  where do these fish end up?

Just recently,  I received a call about a fish kill at White's Park Pond in Concord.  Having grown up in Concord myself, I knew  exactly what pond the park manager was referring to.  In fact, I remember visiting this very pond on my bicycle to  enjoy these fish myself.  When exactly? I  won't tell, to prevent from revealing my age! When I arrived at scene of the  recent incident, I observed what I anticipated.   A shallow pond with an unusually high number of (overpopulated with)  goldfish, koi and bluegill, crowding the perimeter of the pond guarding  spawning nests.  Having enjoyed the  White's Park Pond fish experience in the past, I was saddened to see what was  happening.

My  professional career has blessed me enough to allow me to work with fish every  day.  I chose this career because I  believe in conservation of New Hampshire fish and wildlife resources. Years  ago, I never would have put much thought into how these fish may have gotten  there, and certainly wasn't aware of the risk these fish were presenting. But  the fact is, many of these exotic species are present due to the acts of people  with big hearts, good intentions or people who are simply unaware of the damage  it can cause. As a long time dog and aquarium owner myself, I would never  condemn anyone for loving their pets. Unfortunately, there is no shelter for fish  to reside until adoption, if the original owner can no longer care for them.

Koi and  goldfish are exotic species that must not get into state waters.  One reason is that koi and goldfish can  present a health risk to native fish species. Ornamental fish raised in  captivity have developed resistance to certain diseases, due to the typically  stress free environment of an artificial setting. Koi and goldfish that appear  healthy can be carriers of pathogens such as Koi Herpes Virus (KHV) and Spring  Viremia of Carp Virus (SVCv). SVCv, in particular, can cause serious problems  in wild baitfish populations. Many of our wild and native fishes have never  been exposed to some of these emerging pathogens. Therefore, many of our wild  fishes have never had the opportunity to develop an immune resistance to these  potential diseases. This is why all baitfish and fish being imported for  aquaculture must pass a pathological inspection prior to an import being  approved.

The New  Hampshire Fish and Game Department, by Administrative Rules, lists all  ornamental or aquarium fish as "non-controlled" provided they remain in a  "closed system." These same rules prohibit the release of any fish and wildlife  without a permit so to do.  Some other  states, Maine, for example, prohibit the possession of koi completely. Please  help us protect the natural resources of New Hampshire by being conscious of  the fact that those plants and animals you enjoy in your water garden or  aquarium are illegal to release into the wild, where they threaten native  wildlife.         For more  information on disposing of unwanted aquarium and pond plants and animals,  visit wildnh.com   By Jason M. Smith,   Chief, Inland Fisheries Division, N.H. Fish and Game Department

Help Improve the Survival of Angler-released Marine Fish - Angler:Port Meeting NH

F_and_G_logo_gif DURHAM, N.H. -- Learn how you personally can help improve  our marine fisheries by discussing best handling practices when releasing fish,  and find out how anglers on other coasts are improving survival of  angler-released fish, at an "Angler:Port" meeting set for June 20,  2013, from 6:00 to 8:30 p.m. at the Urban Forestry Center, 45 Elwyn Rd,  Portsmouth, N.H. The meeting is being jointly hosted by NOAA Fisheries Service  and the New Hampshire Fish and Game Department.

At the meeting, you will be able to provide your ideas  about how to best handle the fish you intend to release to fisheries managers  and scientists.  Also, learn about the  latest techniques, such as recompression devices, that may improve the survival  of the deep-water fish you release.

The Port Meeting will demonstrate methods and released  devices being use on the west, south Atlantic, and Gulf of Mexico coasts. Some  devices will be provided for examination and several interesting videos will be  shown on ways to reduce barotrauma effects (the effects on deep water caught  fish, that when raised to the surface, have extended gas filled eyes, bladder,  and esophagus).  These effects will not  let them swim back down when released at the surface, and thus cause high  release mortality.

You'll also hear about the Fish Smart and Best Practices  programs, which are angling community programs to understand and enhance fish  release survival, promote careful release, and implement best release  practices.

Directions to the Urban Forestry Center: From I-95, take Exit 5 to the Portsmouth  Traffic Circle.  From the Circle, take  Rte. 1 Bypass south. This will merge into Rte. 1 South. Proceed about 2 miles  through a series of five lights.  At the  next set of lights you should be in the left turn only lane. Turn left onto  Elwyn Road.  Take the first left turn  into the Urban Forestry Center road to the parking lot.

Taken from the NH Fish and Game Website

NH Lakes Real Estate, Pemigewasset Luxury Lakefront Home

Pemigewasset Lakefront real estate Pemigewasset Lakefront home on 25 private acres

Meredith NH Rarely does a property with this level of privacy and quality come on the market. Situated on 25 acres with 1150 feet of waterfront on Lake Pemigewasset, this custom home blends an Adirondack feel with a Cape Cod inspired design. The open concept floor plan is centered around the center stone chimney that is visible on all three floors. On the main floor you have a stone fireplace on one side and a gas bee hive oven on the kitchen side. The cooks kitchen features commercial grade appliances with granite counter-tops and extensive custom cabinetry. Throughout the home you have Brazilian mahogany floors with in-floor radiant heating. Fixtures and vanities are all custom as well. The master suite has a beautiful walk-in tile shower with glass surround and separate soaking tub. The exterior of the home features a mahogany wrap around porch, large stone patio, volleyball court and fire pit. A Perfect spot for kayaking, fishing and enjoying all the nature has  to offer. 15 minutes to Meredith. Skiing - Golf - Hiking - Restaurants - Shopping are all within a short drive of this fantastic property.  Manchester and Boston Airports are 50 minutes and 1.5 hours away. For additional information on this home call Four Seasons | Sotheby's International Realty at 1-603-677-7012 or e-mail at info@nhlakesproperty.com or visit our website to view similar lake homes in New Hampshire at www.nhlakesproperty.com

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Governors Island Masterpiece on Lake Winnipesaukee

Lake Winnipesaukee Real Estate Governors Island Masterpiece

This week one of the finest homes on Lake Winnipesaukee was listed by Four Seasons Sotheby's International Realty in Meredith. Located on Governors Island this estate level home boasts 22,000 square feet, 5 bedrooms and 10 baths. The lot is 1.83 acres with 360' of pristine waterfront with a sugar sand beach along with a covered boat dock and large breakwater. The home has a high attention to detail throughout and numerous custom features to satisfy even the most discerning buyer.

The grand foyer makes an immediate impact on guests as they arrive with it's craftsmanship. The open areas of the house are complimented by custom stone fireplaces. As you move through the living spaces you notice that the home has been designed to take in the lake views and sunsets. The generous master suites can be found on each of the upper levels, along with three additional bedrooms with three private baths. If you are looking to entertain then this is the home for you. Here you will find a 12 seat theater, billiard room, game room and lower level family room with a summer kitchen. The lower level of the home also features a fitness center, steam room, sauna and massage room. Not to be outdone, the systems are equally well though out and of the highest quality. The property also features 9 garage bays and a carriage house. If you are flying in, Laconia Airport is only 4 miles away and supports large jet aircraft. International flights take place from either Manchester (50 minutes away) and Boston (2 hours). Property is listed by Ashley Davis and Roy Sanborn of Four Seasons Sotheby's International Realty. To get additional details or to set up a private viewing please call 603-677-7012 or 603-738-3798. To see more Lake Winnipesaukee real estate please visit www.nhlakesproperty.com .