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Aquatic Plants Digest wrote:
Nobody has mentioned the real benefits of tropical fish/plant collecting in the Amazon and other
areas of the world. For one, all those little fishes add up to one hell of an boost to the local
economy at the same time they create a value in leaving the forest intact.
I would imagine the areas where the commercial collecting of cardinals, neons and other popular
mainstays will NEVER be logged as long as the local authorities see a real tangible value in leaving
it intact. The people collecting the fish, and those exporting them know that without the forest,
there would be no fish.
The ecotourism dollars add to that level of protection. Will it protect it all? Of course not, but
any little bit is better than them selling it all off to cattle ranches or to timber interests to be
felled and shipped off.
Go there, collect all the fish and plants you like (you can't carry enough fish to have ANY effect on
the ecosystem), spend allot of dollars while you're there, come back and tell us all what a great
trip you had!
Paul E. Turley
"Never before in the history of man have so many known so little about so much." Carl Sagan