Longeard sunfish in trouble
is a freshwater fish in the sunfish family, Centrarchidae, of order Perciformes. It is native to the area of eastern North America stretching from the Great Lakes down to northeastern Mexico. Recently their numbers have been declining. this was first noticed in in 1979. it has currently become extinct in Ohio and is threatened in almost every state. its decline is thought to be happening because of loss from shoreline and watershed agriculture threatens this species which prefers clear, shallow streams with aquatic vegetation.sedimentation and agricultural runoff also threatens this species which is believed to have been lost from many locations because of the effects of soil erosion. they are not actually certain on the cause because lack of funding in helping them.
what areas should be protected
prefers clear, shallow, moderately warm, still waters of streams and occasionally in lakes. Found in or near vegetation. Spawning occurs from late May through mid-July, sporadic to August.
Food is not a problem for them. they only eat insects and other bugs until they are mature. after that they will eat almost anything they can fit in their mouth.
Currently there is nothing being done to help them recover by the state.There are a couple private organizations that are working on helping them but they haven made any significant difference. at this point only the laws protecting endangered species are helping it. in many states they have plans for recovery made but they are not able to get funding for it because of some "more important" species requires more funding.. the plans they do have mostly include protection of some bodies of water and a yearly stocking of fish..
The Process of Holding them captive in tanks and Raising them would be very expensive. Each fish takes about 4 years until they are mature. if you had a large quantity of fish and had to feed them all every day for four years you would have to have allot of money.
Humans should work to keep the environment in balance so that nothing happens the species that live there. yes we should care. some species might only have aesthetic value but there are also many plants and animals that are used as cures for diseases. this especial true for corals in the ocean. if we kill their food, or them they will die and we will not be able to treat as many things. it might not be for the benefit of the animals we are protecting but we wildefionately benefit from it