I certainly don't deny that they represent a great opportunity for a new fishing industry. As I said earlier, I'm excited by the possibility of catching them. However there is a lot of unknown. We don't know what the introduction of these fish will do for current native fish in the St John. It might be 50 years before we realize what could happen. The world is full of invasive species that have done far more damage than anyone could have predicted. Look at rabbits in Australia - they are worse than rats. Or look at the Cane Toad, which was introduced to Australia to stop the invasive species of cane beetle.Why wouldn't the muskie be welcomed!
Our Fearless Provincial Leaders built the Mactaquac Dam in the '60's and this has pretty much singlehandedly done the most to tear apart what was at one time a world class Atlantic Salmon fishery. As if catching the fish in traps and trucking them upstream would replace their natural inborn instincts, simply because the guys with all the brains were too cheap to have a fishway desugned into the dam, figuring- " Hey, we can have a perpetual make-work project here" and be heroes forever; go figure.
Then along comes an accidental discharge of a few muskie from Quebec about the same time; through spring floods as I heard it, and they come along and find a niche in the pecking order and step in to fill it. Lo and behold, a growing high class fishery, replacing one ruined by man's shortsightedness.
Isn't God or Nature or whatever you may believe in wonderful!
My point is that you don't know what damage introducing a new species can cause. With no natural predators to keep them in check, what will do so in the St. John?
Maybe I missed it when they were first introduced into the St John, but I see warnings every year on largmouth bass or zebra mussels, etc., but not a boo on muskies. I tend to agree with you that it was welcomed because of it's potential for bringing in more anglers to the area.
I just find it funny that when it appears that there might be a new cottage industry as a result, nobody is talking about the potential dangers.