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It is true that a "don't ask, don't tell" approach seems to work best at the moment. However, if the USPS starts irradiating all mail to destroy living biological material (not biochemical, as their spokesman said on the news) the days of shipping fish in the mail are over. Of course, the policy of irradiating the mail simply means that that avenue of terrorism is closed, and such people will move onto other approaches. It's called closing the stable door after the horse has flown. It will be costly and won't achieve the desired result.
Nevertheless, we are living in new times. I seriously doubt that we are going to be able to distribute fish with the ease we are used to. In my opinion this will mean that the affiliate clubs will become even more important than they are at present as they may be able to ship box shipments airport to airport etc. There are a few other options available. I know that Bill Gallagher has been looking into these and I hope that he will be able to comment either here on in a short article in the BNL.
These new difficulties also mean that the fish you have become even more precious. Please look after them.
At 03:11 AM 10/26/01 -0700, you wrote:
>Bob Shwiegerath, David Ramsey and I have found that by
>***NOT**** labeling the box is the best way to get
>things shipped USPS Priority.
>My box shipped to AZ Priority got there in 3 days.
>David's box to me in MI from GA got to me in 3 days.
>David' sent his out on Saturday.
>Bob shipped a box recently recently unmarked and I
>think he said 3 days.
>I sent one Priority before Sept 11 marked "live fish"
>etc. and someone at the PO somewhere stamped it
>"Ground Transport ONLY" It was delivered on the 8th
>It looks to me like if you mark it "live anything" it
>will most likely be shipped by ground. The last
>EXPRESS box I sent was marked "Live Tropical Fish"
>took 6 days and was shipped ground eventhough the
>person I shipped it to wanted it shipped express and I
>shipped it that way.
>I posted all of this about 2 weeks ago so I won't post
>it again. If you want to read all of the messages
>about this I think you can find in the list archives.
>I think unfortunately that the best policy is
>"Don't ask and Don't Tell"
>Once they start iradiating all packages all bets are
>Date: Thu, 25 Oct 2001 20:56:27 -1000
>From: "Mach Fukada" <fukada at aloha_net>
>Subject: Re: fish and egg shipping in the new reality
>Unfortunately there will be problems. check this link
>Looks like live animals won't get shipped unless there
>arrangements or perhaps Express mail...
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