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Aquatic Plants Digest wrote:
> << 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! >>
> With suggestions like yours, we may not have anything left in the future.
> I disaggree with you, if you take an orchid from the forest of which there
> may only be a few specimens left, you have reduced the potential of that
> plant species surviving when there may only be 5-6 plants left in an area.
> Knowing the greed of many people they would probably take all 6.
UMMM! Nobody was talking about collecting orchids! Doi!
> This is the same for fish species, some species are endemmic to certain areas
> if you collect a large % of the population that maybe endemic to one pond or
> one area of a river, this is the case with many killies, you may be removing
> enough to hamper the reproduction of this species in the future.
I don't know of any collecting trips that go onto the pantanal where the isolated
pools you speak of are typically located. Were talking about flooded forest areas.
> The main issue that was raised on this message when posted was not the
> collecting, you can collect whatever you like.
> The issue was regarding getting them back into Canada or the US. Expeditions
> from Holland with the appropriate paperwork for collecting in Brazil, were
> detained, fined and their goods expropriated. Countries like Brazil are
> starting to frown on people taking their wildlife. Costa Rica & Panama are
> also getting on the band wagon, without the proper permissions and paperwork
> you could be exposing yourself to detainment, expropriation and in some cases
> jail time.
Again, nobody was talking about poaching. If the guy is on a guided trip, the
paperwork is typically taken care of or the lack of it (therefore lack of collecting)
is well know prior to departure. Again... ...doi!
Paul E. Turley
"Never before in the history of man have so many known so little about so much."