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Herb - I couldn't agree more. You are definitely on the right track and 
we are certainly going to need a LOT of can-do folks in both the near 
term and for the forseeable future. Getting the NFC machine to work 
flawlessly is going to take a lot of work and tinkering as we go, as we 
should certainly expect measurable results from both field personnel and 

Got another idea for you.  I wonder if any of the Southeast fish farms 
or wholesale distributors would be interested in corporate partnering 
opportunities. I think if we really get the ERP going strong that we are 
rapidly going to saturate the market if we generate a lot of fish, which 
the ERP should be able to do.  Seems to me that a fish farmer would love 
to get wild-caught stock as they would be ready to sell into existing, 
established sales programs.  The farmer didn't have to feed it or have 
it take up tank or pond space, so any difference between the cost of 
purchase and the amount gotten in the wholesale market is pure profit.  
These fish would also be desirable as genetically vibrant breeding 
stock. This would be especially good if we could do so in a manner that 
increases sales, such as providing NFC certification that the XYZ Fish 
Farm has wild-caught cichlids that come with an NFC ERP certification as 
to their wild-caught status - these fish should command a premium price, 
sort of like Tropica-certified plants. Perhaps a few discreet inquiries 
are in order.
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>	Just to clarify, I have no intention of discarding the eAuction. It's 
>good way to get the job done. Once the word is out about it. There's 
>rub. I want to add to its visibility past "word of mouth", or the hit
>and miss of posting to lists and news groups. By opening the door for
>"sales" members to get their contacts involved, perhaps even placing
>bids on behalf of their contacts, we increase the effectiveness of our
>efforts. Since they only have the altruistic incentive now, I see the
>need to give them more by way of inclusion in the program rewards. 
>	This is for the guys that could be "Sales Team" members, simply by
>registering their contacts, then when sales are made based on those
>contacts, and the contact confirms the lead, they get a reward. No big
>deal, but it may be more effective as incentive than a plea to help.
>	Administrators should be able to defend their programs and ideas. Yes,
>give them incentives, but if they can't speak up on behalf of their
>membership they aren't doing their job, and don't deserve getting the
>rewards either. Not to be contentious, but to administer effectively
>calls for more than being a facilitator. Lots of folks can handle a job
>that's already setup and smoothed out, but with the growth we need in
>the next year, plenty of bumps will be in the road. Incentives are 
>so long as they are meaningful, and I for one look to results.
>	If we don't get the expected results, do something different. What?
>Well, lets look ahead at what is coming down the road. Lots of
>collectin', lots of breeding, lots of removin'. Where's these fish
>going? On the side of the ditch? We can do better than that! And I'm
>confident we will. I want to open the door wider for more members to
>actively participate in these programs by good, effective,
>"administration". Its just that the program must be defined before it
>can be "administered". That can be accoplished by a call from on high,
>or in other, more mundane circumstances, planning. :)
>	Since I am not Moses, that leaves us with one option. (:o))
>	Obviously the numbers of fish is small right now, but it is for that
>very reason that I address these issues now, not when we are in the
>thick of it, with possibly contradictory policies already established
>that causes hard feelings when someone's "pet" project is touched in an
>unexpected way. I know all of us don't want to go there.
>	I will let this go, but the simple fact is the programs must be setup.
>Someone must do the job of nailing down the specifics. I have been 
>at least a part of this task, which I will diligently pursue. Were it
>not for that there would be no word from me about it to begin with!
>	I have no real problem with setting the "program points" either for
>just the production side, or for setting the "program points" to be
>equal to "one fish, one point". Just this may have to change in the
>future, and I want to give room for that growth in such a way that's as
>painless as possible.
>	For now, "one fish, one point" for fish donated, please help tell 
>about our auction, is the way it is. But we could..... :)
>	Nuff said.
>Native Fish Conservancy
>visit our old webpage:
>and visit our new webpage:
>NFC eAuction page;
>or email
>nfc_fish_eauction at usa_net
>with Inquiry as the subject line.

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