NANFA-- RE: WA State Lack of Regulation

Shireen Gonzaga (
Wed, 3 Nov 1999 18:17:06 -0500 (EST)

If native stocks become "contaminated" with Atlantic stocks, so what?
- How do you prove that leaking farmed fish into the natural environment
will introduce disease and wipe out the whole lot of 'em?
- Is there documented proof that Atlantic stocks outcompete native stocks
for food?
- Will any of this matter as long as there are fish resembling salmon to

Regarding the proof: ok, so the agencies are not getting the research
funds they requested for gathering data. Why? People who dole out the
cash already know what the answer is going to likely be. So why fund them?

There are a lot of "what ifs" and "possibles" in this report. Educated
speculation is an easy target since ignorance is bliss, till it's too
late. So how does this report compete with the bottom line: money? How
does the need to preserve native stocks--because of their inherent value
in the biodiversity of an ecosystem--compare to money? How do you explain
these seeming intangibles to superficial minds motivated by greed?

Conservation organizations need to start talking in a language that most
people will understand: money. They need to start making powerful cases
for these so-called "intangibles" in terms of hard currency. That's the
only language law-makers and the public seem to understand.

yours in great frustration,

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