The Fish Postbox in Kawasaki, Japan

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  1. Matt Rogers

    Matt Rogers Kingfish Staff Member

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    This is no ordinary postbox, it is 12 feet wide and 21 feet long - and it is full of water and exotic fish. Mitsuaki Yamasaki established the "fish postbox" in 2005 near the the Tama river in Kawasaki, Japan. Its purpose is to allow people who do not want their aquarium fish anymore to put them in Yamasaki's postbox instead of the Tama river which has been called the "Tamazaon" by locals. The Tama is brimming with piranhas, angelfish, arrowanas and even garpikes. Yamasaki has caught over 200 species of foreign fish in the Tama. How successful is his fish postbox? It receives an average of 10,000 fish a year. The fish go to postbox members or local schools.

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    Mitsuaki Yamasaki - Credit: Mainichi


    Source and a great read:
    Tokyo's 'Tamazon' river sees flood of discarded tropical fish - The Mainichi Daily News
     
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  3. ChrisBs

    ChrisBs Purple Spiny Lobster

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    there is no photos still cool though k+
     
  4. bje

    bje Long-fin Bannerfish

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    thats a great idea. they should have one of those on each coast of the USA too for the people that like to throw their fish back...
     
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    CoralQueen Feather Duster

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    i like this idea, but i would like it better if it were in my backyard so i can pick out some awesome FREE fish ;)
     
  6. amcarrig

    amcarrig Super Moderator Staff Member

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    That really is a great idea. They need a python/boa post box in Florida :lol:
     
  7. Matt Rogers

    Matt Rogers Kingfish Staff Member

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    I think it is cool too, but I can't believe it gets 10,000 fish a year. I had to check the article again to make sure I didn't make a typo. That blows my mind.
     
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    2in10 Super Moderator Staff Member

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    Cool idea, 10000 fish per year in one river makes you wonder how many worldwide.
     
  10. reefmonkey

    reefmonkey Giant Squid

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    I just watched a show on DC(?) about the problem they are having down there with the 'pet snakes'. One ate some old womans cat. The estimate on the feral population was insane.
     
  11. reefmonkey

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    This is a great idea and wish it would catch on here as well. Not just on the coasts either. Even here in SD we get wierd fish in public ponds. At a park pond in Vermillion I personally caught an Oscar while fishing the weeds for Sunny's and 'gills. Last summer an 18" Red Belly Pirhana was caught by a kid fishing a youth pond in Yankton.
     
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    Thats just terrifying. makes me not want to trust the water..