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Sun, Feb 17 | By Matt Van Hoven | 1023

SALEM, Ore. – Oregon researchers say they’re finding an increasing number of aquarium fish living in the wild. It’s a problem that could push out natural inhabitants and destroy ecosystems. They say that the problem is caused by … more ›

Aquarium Fish Threaten Oregon's Wild Aquatic Life
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Carauch
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Carauch
5 years ago

Never realized that.

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Jennifer P.
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Jennifer P.
5 years ago

this is sad and i think people should have a proper burial for ALL living creatures

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Sheryl J.
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Sheryl J.
5 years ago

People need to realize that they can't just dipose of pets, not only fish but other reptiles are often just let go into the wild, well if you owned it, it is not a wild animal, and can reek havoc in the eco system. There are shelters and rescue leagues, use your head and have a heart, give them a chance to survive without upsetting the balance in your community.

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Becky A.
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Becky A.
5 years ago

Some people really ought to be tested for responsibility and smarts before they're allowed to have pets. These people are real idiots.

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Kaitlyn L.
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Kaitlyn L.
5 years ago

Instead of flushing, people should have a proper buriel for their little pets!

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Zephyr47
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Zephyr47
5 years ago

Irresponsible pet owners! They flush things without thinking of the consequences. Unfortunately, fish aren't the only animals that people will flush. Wake up and think about what you are doing!

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Norrie
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Norrie
5 years ago

Some people don't think before they buy these fish then get tired of them and lazy ignorant people that they are take the easy way out. "More money than good sense".

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DogsLOVErunning
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DogsLOVErunning
5 years ago

That's horrible to flush a fish. Fish are awesome.

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Minnie24
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Minnie24
5 years ago

I have seen first hand what invasive fish can do. Take this seriously. People need to be aware of the consequences of their actions.

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Julie w.
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Julie w.
5 years ago

We live on Lake Ontario and invasive species are a serious problem here. People need to be careful and think about what they do.

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janet m.
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janet m.
5 years ago

Sad story

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conni F.
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conni F.
5 years ago

I cannot believe that there are that many people who flush goldfish & that that many goldfish survive to threaten the ecosystem. Are there fish rescues anywhere? There should be. I haven't heard of any but I would suppose they would do well.

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Jeanne B.
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Jeanne B.
5 years ago

Education is the key to preventing this situation. The aquarium should make a point to spread the word on the premises and elsewhere.

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Cherrylee
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Cherrylee
5 years ago

It's disgusting to think of flushing a live animal down a toilet.

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Zokiji
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Zokiji
5 years ago

Interesting article

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J O.
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J O.
5 years ago

I wonder if flushing dead fish is a bad idea as well. If they are infected with some odd disease or organism not native to the area, how might this affect the native fish population?

Soon their will be thousands of fish at animal shelters also, waiting for new homes.

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sandy h.
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sandy h.
5 years ago

People need to be responsible if they have fish, find them a new home if you can't keep them. quit ruining the ecosystem.

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ArthurCurtis
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ArthurCurtis
5 years ago

ANYTHING, out of it's normal habitat is detrimental to that regions ecosystem. Florida similarly suffers from hydrilla (that fluffy green stuff for aquariums) and the famous "love bugs". Both were brought into the State and create and are uncontrollable

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Melanie T.
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Melanie T.
5 years ago

You have to be real careful too with aquarium plants, people's fish die and they just throw the plants outside and it becomes a huge problem for local ecosystems.

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Kendra W.
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Kendra W.
5 years ago

I've only ever flushed a fish that I knew was dead. If you don't want them, find them a home. Let's be responsible.

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Myfast2
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Myfast2
5 years ago

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Doran359
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Doran359
5 years ago

Thought provoking.

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Robert R.
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Robert R.
5 years ago

Happens everywhere! Don't people learn?

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Helena P.
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Helena P.
5 years ago

These people need to be told when they're buying fish at the pet store NOT to flush them & why. Education!

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Justin0718
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Justin0718
5 years ago

We should not turn any non native critter into the wild. All we do is mess up nature and our environment.

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Jello1
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Jello1
5 years ago

Obviously flushing is bad, but what are the alternatives if they don't want the fish anymore? Can't give it to a shelter, friends don't want it--they would just have to kill it. They just don't realize flushing doesn't do the job

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Christy M.
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Christy M.
5 years ago

The only fish I've flushed is a dead one! If you don't want the fish, take it back to a store.

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Rhonda T.
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Rhonda T.
5 years ago

It is shown time and time again when we disrupt nature it can be harmful. It is another case of people not being responsible for their pets. we are too much a throw away society.

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Chitown
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Chitown
5 years ago

Flushing a goldfish that's healthy enough to survive the process...what's up with that? Too much trouble to drop a few grains of fish food in the bowl every day and change the water as needed? Jeez. Didn't realize it was enough of a problem to upset the ecosystem.

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Wendie
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Wendie
5 years ago

Wow, I am amazed and impressed that fish flushed down the toliet can survive and make it out into the wild. It does make me wonder what "else" ends up in our rivers and lakes?

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Jenn E.
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Jenn E.
5 years ago

What a shame people can't find new homes for their fish instead of flushing them down the toilet.

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Ozarkerjoe
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Ozarkerjoe
5 years ago

I knew goldfish can get big & they're rather hardy, but I would have thought tropical fish wouldn't survive. If the climate &/or temperature change didn't get them bigger fish would. Interesting.

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Edie Jo N.
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Edie Jo N.
5 years ago

Our ecosystem is not meant to be controled by foolish people who tamper with the balance by introducing unnatural species.

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Sistertex
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Sistertex
5 years ago

I absolutely agree with you on this. Very interesting.

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Anne C.
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Anne C.
5 years ago

Nature is delicate. Keep it wild and native!

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Bobby D.
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Bobby D.
5 years ago

There are story's like this everywhere now!

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Lourie H.
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Lourie H.
5 years ago

I always felt that flushing fish was inhumane. I am surprised that so many of them survive. People do not use common sense even for fish.

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Terry F.
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Terry F.
5 years ago

I can't imagine letting my fish go in the wild. I haven't had fish for years, but even after I left for college, my poor mom got stuck feeding my fish until they finally passed away.

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Caitlin
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Caitlin
6 years ago

Wow, I can't belive it!

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Helena P.
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Helena P.
6 years ago

What a cruel thing to do flushing live fish down the toilet. More irresponible pet owners who don't derserve to have pets. Sheesh!

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Michaelyn
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Michaelyn
6 years ago

Same story, different location....

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Mary  A.
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Mary A.
6 years ago

And I can't even keep my fish alive. Bettas are especially challenging for me.

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Bobby D.
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Bobby D.
6 years ago

Again, research needs to be done before someone decided to get any pet

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Kaitlyn o.
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Kaitlyn o.
6 years ago

Take the fish to a pet store. Belive it or not there is fish auctions.

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Linda T.
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Linda T.
6 years ago

It is never good to let pets go in the wild.

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naneki26 k.
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naneki26 k.
6 years ago

First Florida and now Oregon? What are these people thinking. I know most Oregonians are smarter about the environment than this..

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Oldmaidcatwoman
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Oldmaidcatwoman
6 years ago

I have never had a fish, but it doesn't seem to me like a goldfish would be such a burden that it would have to be flushed and not allowed to just live out its life.

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jean-marc m.
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jean-marc m.
6 years ago

Some people are not responsible

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Elizabeth  M.
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Elizabeth M.
6 years ago

Again...I thought most people knew better thani ntroducing non native species into an environment. Yuck...and stop flushing the fish please.

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Toddlybodine
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Toddlybodine
6 years ago

Dont dump them in the wild. There are people who would gladly take in more fish.

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jean-marc m.
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jean-marc m.
6 years ago

Gold fish can be nasty predators.

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