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[Killietalk] GPS on locations
From a scientific standpoint, the more location accuracy the better.
From a hobby/public standpoint, high accuracy can be a disaster.
Greedy individual collectors or commercial operations have been known to
strip a desirable location, leaving no fish for wild propagation.
The exact details of the collectors' maps should be privately kept by
the collections recorder (currently Lee), to be shared only with
qualified researchers, trustworthy collectors, etc.
Bag labels should have a good description of the general area (Caprivi
Strip, Cape Lopez) and a collection code, but never enough detail to
locate the exact site.
Commercial shipments should never be labeled with the port (Lagos,
Monrovia, etc.) or large country (Cameroon, Nigeria, Gabon), but with a
shipper name/code and numerical and/or date code. It could be simple,
modeled after the private collection codes -- a two or three letter
shipper designation and a yymm-## code giving year, month (maybe) and
shipment number. If the shipment has a known collection location, it
should be included for labels, with any detailed data forwarded to Lee
if available. Initially, the importers would need to do some of this,
until it becomes a simple routine. They would have to take the lead to
assure we have useful bag labels. The AKA could maintain a simple
shipper-code-address registry so we could know where (city, country) our
bag came from, exactly. Importers should not have to reveal actual
contact data for their sources.
That's my opinion. Fortunately, everyone has one, like certain
anatomical parts. :-) YMMV.
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