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Old 11-05-2004, 03:05 PM   #31
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Aaron, has there been any discussion of a self regulating licencing plan? Basically, the industry can show the federal govt that it can police itself better without legislation.
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Old 11-05-2004, 03:13 PM   #32
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There are companies otu there trying to get nets in the hands of those collectors who have been known to use cyanide. www.seacrop.com is one of them that acutally had a fund drive a year or year and half ago to purchase a large amount of netting and have it sent to collectors. There was a well known activest that was then going to train collectors in how to make the hand nets and the best practices in using them. They where also involved in educating the collectors in why cyanide usage was bad for not only the live stock but for their future lively hood since the cyanide often kills the surrounding corals and inverts. Enough usage will kill a reef and when the reef is going the collectors have no more income to feed their familys.

You have orginizations like http://masna.org - Marine Aquarium Socities of North America and http://www.aquariumcouncil.org/ - Marine Aquarium Council along with several other lobbing agencies that are our voice to the government.
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This may be much too broad of a generalization, but I think you all will get my meaning....until the greedy consumer (that is us folks) stop buying fish/corals etc
that are not tank-bred, cyanide free livestock, we will continue to contribute to the problem. We, as a one-minded group, have the power to put a stop to it all. I realize I am minimalizing what is needed, but it is all supply and demand. If we quit buying it, they quit doing it. Unfortunately, not many of us have the will power, desire or whatever you want to call it, to make this happen. And it would, indeed, require total participation. The only part I havent figured out yet, is how to get that USDA seal of approval stamp on the livestock
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Old 11-06-2004, 09:56 AM   #34
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Excactly. It all starts at the consumer. Being aware of the issues is #1. I am suppirsed every time I talk about cyanide and dynamite methods of capture how few people are aware of such acts going on and thats just a sample.
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